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There are lots of shopping centers and department type stores in Niteroi. However, if do not need furniture or top of the line items, the small stores and street stands in the Central City Market may have exactly what you need. The market spans a couple square blocks.
What to buy: There are cheap clothes, bags, shoes, electronics, antiques, etc. Basically, think of it as a Chinatown market.
What to pay: Prices are low, but they are all posted so there is no haggling or special prices.
Updated Feb 18, 2012
Address: Av. Visconde do Rio Branco, Niteroi
Niteroi central can be a bit dodgy and sketchy, particularly at night. Single women should avoid going out alone and should take a taxi/bus.
Even men should be cautioned late at night. If the locals tell me, a 6ft tall 220lb guy without a watch on my wrist or anything in my pockets, that I should not walk in certain areas at night, I tend to listen.
Icarai on the other hand is much safer. There are a few homeless on the streets at night, but one of the unwritten agreements for why they are allowed to stay is because they do not harass anyone.
Regardless of where you are, women are safer in larger numbers. Avoid wearing or carrying anything that would invite unwanted attention.
Written Feb 18, 2012
Depending on your fitness levels, it may take between 20 minutes to 1 hour to climb up to the top of the mountain on the east end of Itacoataira beach. The top is about 525ft / 160m elevation.
It is a steep, but rather short hike. But the views are worth it. The sun can be quite strong, so take your conditions into account and bring water or avoid the middle of the day as you see fit. The trail is open daily from 8am~5pm, cost is free.
Equipment: Good shoes are required since the climb can be steep in sections with nothing but bare rock.
Water and sun screen are recommended.
Updated Sep 27, 2012
Address: Rua das Papoulas, Itacoatiara, Niteroi, RJ
Phone: (21) 2638-4411