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Shopping in Rio de Janeiro

Trendy urban shoppers head to Ipanema’s boutique-lined streets to browse for elegant shoes, stylish beachwear and tropical fashions. Less expensive stores selling clothing and shoes cluster in Copacabana’s main street. Designer bags and wallets from Gilson Martins with images of Rio’s famous landmarks make great souvenirs. For more original gifts and keepsakes, visit the outdoor Feira Hippie Ipanema market on Sunday. Most shops open Monday to Saturday 9.30am-7pm.

Gilson Martins, Rio de Janeiro. foto: Pedro Kirilos/Riotur
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Arezzo

Rio's favourite shoe store

If Carioca women had to choose a favourite shoe store, it would undoubtedly be Arezzo. This company always seems to stay just a step ahead of the trends without being too avant-garde, and the prices are reasonable. It also sells a great selection of high-quality leather purses.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 10am-4pm

Address

Rua Visconde de Pirajá 295, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2513-0783

Transport

Bus: 415

Website

Arezzo Website

Gilson Martins, Rio de Janeiro. foto: Pedro Kirilos/Riotur
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Gilson Martins

Distinctive gifts

For fun, colorful, and practical souvenirs, check Gilson Martins' collection of bags. That is, bags in the broad sense, which includes purses, backpacks, wallets, and toiletry bags. His "Brasil" collection is decorated in yellow and green, often with designs of the Brazilian flag.



Address

Visconde de Piraja 462, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2227-6178

Transport

Bus: 474

Website

Gilson Martins Website

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Trilhos Urbanos

Local artworks

A great little store in Rio's Santa Teresa district, Trilhos Urbanos sells a variety of Brazilian artwork, including paintings, photographs, and crafts made out of tile, paper, and other materials.



Address

Rua Almirante Alexandrino 402, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2242-3632

Transport

Tram: Largo dos Guimarães

The Feira Hippie, Rio de Janeiro. Photograph by Ivan Jilek
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Feira Hippie Ipanema

Beads and trinkets

Ipanema hosts a large craft fair on Sundays (9am-6pm), the Feira Hippie at Praca General Osorio. This market draws both tourists and locals looking for gifts, colorful crafts, or interesting artwork. You will also find numerous produce and food fairs throughout the city from 6am to 2pm; these are a great opportunity to mingle with locals, snap photos, and sample exotic tropical fruit and snacks.



Opening Hours

Sun 9am-6pm

Address

Praca General Osorio, Rio de Janeiro

Transport

Metrô: Ipanema/General Osorio

Website

Feira Hippie Ipanema Website

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Feira do Rio Antigo

Antiques with a party atmosphere

Every first Saturday of the month, the Rua do Lavradio becomes a large bustling outdoor antiques market. Although not quite garage-sale prices, good bargains can still be had. Of course, an event in Lapa wouldn't be complete without samba; there are live music performances in the afternoon. Arrive early if you are serious about bargain hunting.



Opening Hours

First Saturday of each month

Address

Rua do Lavradio, Rio de Janeiro

Transport

Metrô: Cinelandia

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Feirarte

Local crafts

If you need to grab some last-minute souvenirs, the two Feirarte markets in Copacabana are ideal. The smaller market operates only on the weekends in front of the Lido park (cross street Rua Rodolfo Dantas). The larger market runs every night from 6pm to 1am on the median, opposite Rua Djalma Ulrich. On offer is the standard array of souvenirs such as T-shirts, jewelry, leatherwork, ceramics, precious stones, bikinis, and paintings.



Opening Hours

6pm-1am

Address

Rua Djalma Ulrich, Rio de Janeiro

Transport

Metrô: Cantagalo

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Galeria River

Beachwear for the beach city

Cool central; this is not just one shop but a minimall with at least a dozen sports and outdoor stores that sell skateboards, surf gear, inline skates, and climbing equipment as well as accessories such as clothing, sunglasses, and hiking boots. A great place to pick up tips on where to go, lessons, and local hangouts.



Address

Rua Francisco Otaviano 67, Rio de Janeiro

Transport

Metrô: Ipanema/General Osorio

Website

Galeria River Website

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H Stern

Jewels and precious stones

The H. Stern store in Ipanema is the company's world headquarters. Specializing in precious and semiprecious stones, the company owns mines and polishing shops, guaranteeing the quality of their products from start to finish. Come within sniffing distance of a Rio hotel and expect an invitation an H. Stern store, transportation complimentary, or phone a store and they'll be pleased to come pick you up.



Opening Hours

By appointment

Address

Rua Visconde de Piraja 490, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2274-3447

Transport

Pick up easily available

Website

H. Stern Website

Toca do Vinicius, Rio de Janeiro. Courtesy Toca do Vinicius
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Toca de Vinicius

Shrine to music

In the heart of Ipanema, this small Rio de Janeiro store is a temple to the god of bossa nova, poet and composer Vinicius de Moraes. The second floor even houses a tiny shrine with original manuscripts, photos, even a lock of hair from the great poet himself. Anything related to bossa nova can be found in Toca de Vinicius: an impressive collection of CDs and vinyl, songbooks, and (mostly Portuguese) books and magazines on the smooth and mellow sounds of Brazil.



Address

Rua Vinicius de Moraes 129, Rio de Janeiro

Telephone

+55 021/2247-5227

Transport

Metrô: Ipanema/General Osorio

Website

Toca de Vinicius Website

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