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For the shopaholics at heart, shopping in Rio is a dream come true! The malls and boutique shops sell high-fashion garments, while the beaches and local markets have a variety of items that are unbelievably pocket friendly. The malls in Rio are home to some of the most famous brands in the world, as well as cinema houses, food courts. The city has few markets which are worth a visit. Hippy Market in Ipanema sells artifacts, handicrafts every Sunday. Rua Lavradio in Lapa, Feira do Rio Antigo markets has an excellent collection of antiques, art and music on the first Saturday of the month. While the Feira de Sao Cristovão offers a variety of food, drinks and household products from Tuesday to Sunday, it also has live music on weekends.
At Maria Oiticica you will find some of the best jewellery and silverware in town. The jewellery is made from Brazilian trees and Amazonian fibres, and the shop is known for being environmentally friendly.
Address: Av. Afrânio de Mello Franco 290 loja 112b - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 2275 5470
This large shopping centre features hundreds of departmental stores where all kinds of fashion accessories, clothes, perfume, homeware and much more, are sold. The centre also has a Kinoplex cinema theatre with six screens, a café and a restaurant.
Address: Rua Lauro Müller 116 RJ - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 3527 7256
This relatively new shopping centre is filled with dozens of fashionable designer shops featuring recent local and international trends. The shopping centre also includes a stylish cafe, a cinema and some very tempting restaurants.
Address: Av. Afranio de Melo Franco, 290, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 2430 5122
A vivacious street market, it sets up its stalls every Sunday on a large city square. Products available are of much better quality than those at other street markets. One tends to buy items like clothing, leather goods, art and jewellery. If you want to buy something from Brazil as a memoir, then this is the best place.
Address: Praça Gen. Osório, s/n, Ipanema Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 8746 1082
At this shopping centre, you will be spoilt for choice as there are over 200 shops to explore selling almost anything and everything imaginable. It also includes entertainment facilities such as theatres and restaurants.
Address: Rua Marques de Sao Vicente, 52, Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Tel: +55 21 2294 1096
Shopping Cidade Copacabana is the ideal place to find clothing, accessories, carpets, watches, souvenirs, and furniture made by well-known designers. Spread over 32,000 square metres of area, it houses more than 250 stores.
Address: Rua Siqueira Campos 143, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This beautiful shopping centre features over 100 shops selling local and international styles. Some of the top known brands that are available here are Emporio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton and Petit Lippe. The shopping mall has an in-built cinema theatre along with a food café.
Address: Est da Gávea 899 São Conrado, 22610001 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 2111 4444
Botafogo Praia Shopping store is the largest in the Botafogo neighbourhood of Rio. It is mainly known to house some of the best designer shops offering all types of branded clothing. It also includes several food outlets and a cinema theatre.
Address: 400 Praia de Botafogo, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Tel: +55 21 3171 9872
This is Rio’s biggest shopping centre in Latin America with 577 stores spread over 120,000 m² of area. It has plenty of shops with additional entertainment services like cinema theatres, restaurants, an indoor theme park and a bowling alley. Over 25 million shoppers visit Barra every year.
Address: Av. das Américas, 4666 - Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22640-102, Brazil.
Tel: +55 21 3171 9872
This popular weekend ‘hippie’ market stalls sell products related to decorative art & craft pieces. There are shops where you can get a typical ‘hippie’ tattoo carved or a nose ring pierced. The market can change locations, but sometimes it is held at either Club Monte Libano or Jockey Club Brasileiro.
The Village mall, opened in December 2012 is situated at Avenue of the Americas, in the neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca and is a part of the Barra Shopping complex. The mall includes a theatre, the Bradesco Village which has a capacity of 1,060 people. The restaurants are on the terrace overlooking the Barra da Lagoa. The mall has 105 stores spread across three floors and connected by escalators and panoramic lifts. The Village Mall is an excellent mix of local and international brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Prada, Emporio Armani, Michael Kors and Burberry, among others.
Address: Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Tel: – 3003-4177