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Shopping in Rio de Janeiro
Although people are generally drawn to a Rio de Janeiro vacation to work on their tans rather than to put into practice their shopping prowess, you will be glad to hear that it is more than possible to pick up some interesting items, and spend some time browsing through the numerous Rio de Janeiro shops and malls. Clothes, beachwear, arts and crafts, antiques and jewellery are in abundance, and can make for great souvenirs or gifts.
A very popular item worth considering is a Brazilian football (soccer) shirt. These make great gifts!
This Rio de Janeiro Shopping Guide lists some of the best things to purchase while in the city, as well as some of the most interesting places to go shopping. Our Rio de Janeiro tours will also let you experience some of the best Rio shopping. Our Brazil Shopping Guide gives details on some of the best things to purchase around the country; some of these may well be available at various markets around Rio de Janeiro. If you get hungry whilst shopping, why not stop at one of the places mentioned in our Rio de Janeiro Restaurant Guide?
Rio de Janeiro Shopping Guide
Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon are the best districts for shopping. In Copacabana, Rua Barata Ribeiro and Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana are two of the main shopping streets. Rua Visconde de Pirajá, in Ipanema, and Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, in Leblon, are both good places for a shopping trip. There are numerous shopping centres located around Rio de Janeiro, which contain department stores, boutiques and food courts. Some of the most centrally located include Rio Sul, in Botafogo, São Conrado Fashion Mall, located in São Conrado, and the Shopping Center de Copacabana, in Copacabana.
Jewellery stores are common throughout Brazil, and many of the large chains have their flagship stores in Rio de Janeiro. Included are H Stern and Amsterdam Sauer, located in Ipanema and numerous other locations throughout the city even within many of Rio de Janeiro hotels . Silver, pearls and various gemstones are some of the best buys.
The outdoor markets in Rio de Janeiro offer high-quality arts and crafts at reasonable prices. They are loud, busy and colourful places, but a must-see during any Rio de Janeiro vacation. One of the best is the Babilônia Hype Fair, situated at the Brazilian Jockey Club Racetrack (Tribune C). Over 150 stalls are set up most weekends, with art, fashion and decoration being the key themes. Musical and dance performances keep crowds entertained. The Saracuras Fountain in Ipanema features the Hippie Fair, which takes place every Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00. Handicrafts and artwork are on display at the various stalls, and the fair attracts large numbers of visitors. Weekends also see numerous antique fairs through Rio de Janeiro.
Standard Rio shopping hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 - 19:00, and Saturdays from 09:00 - 13:00. These hours will vary, depending upon the type of business and its location. Most shopping centres are open every day from 10:00 - 22:00, although some close earlier on Sundays. Brazil does not have a tax refund scheme.
Rua Lauro Müller, 116 <br>Botafogo
Tel: 55 21 3527 7000
Avenida das Américas, 4666 <br>Barra da Tijuca
Tel: 55 21 3089 1100
Botafogo Praia Shopping
Praia de Botafogo, 400<br>Botafogo
Tel: 55 21 3171 9559 - Fax: 55 21 3171 9873
Avenida Afrânio de Melo Franco, 290 <br>Leblon
Tel: 55 21 3138 8000
Feira Hippie de Ipanema
Praça General Osório - Ipanema
Rua Uruguaiana Centro
Avenida das Américas, 500 Barra da Tijuca
Tel: 55 21 2494 7072
Galeria Forum Ipanema
Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 351 Ipanema
Tel: 55 21 2523 2140
Rua da Alfândega, Buenos Aires and Senhor dos Passos. Centro - Rio de Janeiro
Museu Amsterdam Sauer
Rua Garcia D'Ávila, 105 Ipanema
Tel: 55 21 2512 1132 - Fax: 55 21 2239 8045
Shopping da Gávea
Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 52 Gávea
Tel: 55 21 2294 1096
Babilônia Feira Hype
Jockey Club: Rua Jardim Botânico, Tribuna C Hipermercado Extra Barra: Avenida das Américas, 1510
São Conrado Fashion Mall
Estrada da Gávea, 899<br>São Conrado
Tel: 55 21 2111 4444
Museu H. Stern
Rua Garcia D'Ávila, 113 Ipanema
Tel: 55 21 2259 7442