RIO DE JANEIRO: MERCADO POPULAR URUGUAINA
This is a huge market for the locals.
As it is away from the tourist crowd, if you need that Brazilian football jersey, extra beach towel, a bikini or two, coconut-shell-and-bead type of trinkets, CDs to save your digital photos, flip-flips, extra bag, etc... here is the place to get them as they are much cheaper than found in the main city centre.
There are several sections radiating out, with goods of various type more or less organised.
As it is crowded, with lots of boxes of goods to trip over, it is recommended that you watch your things carefully.
What to buy: Brazilian football jersey, extra beach towel, a bikini or two, coconut-shell-and-bead type of trinkets, CDs to save your digital photos, flip-flips, extra bag, etc...
Malls: Malls Mania
Brazilian have a passion for malls, in the american way. So you will find a lot of them in Rio.
They are convenient if you want to do some shopping on a rainy day (yes that sometimes happen) or if you are seeking for a fresh place to escape the heat.
The more convenient is the Rio Sul which is located in Botafogo area. Almost all buses from Copacabana, in direction to the city center, stop there. It is written "Rio Sul" on the buses. You will find many shops there, especially fo fashion, and also places to eat.
But the biggest malls are located in the "posh areas" going in the direction of Barra da Tijuca.
The "Fashion Mall" in São Conrado hosts the more expensive brands. The " Rio Design" in Leblon is more about decorating.
But the most impressive of all is the famous "Barra Shopping" in Barra (av das Americas). It is one of biggest malls in South America. You can go there from Copacabana (taking buses with written "Barra Shopping") but it will take you around 45mn.
The malls are of very good quality. With both local and international brands. And the prices are (in comparison with Europe) in general much cheaper.
What to buy: Brazilian fashion (especially beach wear)
Various street vendors: Arts and crafts along Copacabana
Late in the evening, artists and street vendors set up shop along Avenida Atlantica across from Copacabana. It is just as romantic, in my opinion, to strolling past the street vendors near the Seine River in Paris.You can buy anything from paintings to t-shirts to Amazonian jewelry. You can even buy a mounted piranha, which will blend in with any decor! Even if shopping is not a priority, "window shopping" will be more than a satisfying experience. Even if you don't buy a painting, the artists appreciate the attention you are giving to their work.
What to buy: This is a great place to buy original art. If you buy it unframed, the painting can be rolled up into a tube. It is also a great place to buy soveneirs.
Carrefour: Big Box Shopping, The European Way
You may know Carrefour, if not, it is a Supercenter in the mold of Wal-Mart & Target. Lots of stuff at good prices in one location. I went here back in 2004 for the first time, it was clean and had a good selection of goods. I think we ended up buying Cachasa, biscoitos, and other randon stuff.
What to buy: Lots of stuff is available
What to pay: good prices
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PÃO DE AÇUCAR GROCERY AGAIN: SOMETHING FORBIDDEN BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
The Grocery is very well located, it is in the end of Copacabana beach, one block from the coast, and it is not so far from Ipanema! I also took some photos inside of the grocery, note, it is VERY forbidden to take pictures, but these digital cameras with no flash performs miracles, don't you think????
As you can see the place is complete and something important, it is a LOCAL ENVIROMENT...IT MEANS..NO TOURIST PRICES!!!!
There are place s where they charge double when they realize you are an outsider!!! IT NEVER HAPPENS IN LOCAL GROCERIES IN RIO!!! :)
So keep that in mind...Local Groceries are the best optios for some small shoppings!;)
June 19th, 2006
PÃO DE AÇUCAR: LOCAL GROCERIES
Everytime you are in the hotel we know that the food is expensive and the drinks in the fridge cost a fortune. In the touristic areas where most of our visitors stay, no matter if it is a hostel or a good hotel by the beach, you will find groceries where the people usually go, they are big, complete and cheap, at elast the prices are very hoenst and it serves all your needs.
So do not hesitate to buy your stuffs in these places!
This one is very well located, it is in the end of Copacabana beach, one block from the coast, and it is not so far from Ipanema!
What to buy: Many things specially drinks and all kind of food!;)
What to pay: You will always buy something interesting with less than you can imagine, remember it is a local place!;)
LITERATI BOOK STORE: A GATEWAY TO OUR CULTURE
It is not only a single bookstore, it is a meeeting place,, they have a very charming café right beside it, there you can find all books published in Brazil and also overseas, you will have access to the newst dvds and cds, and also all features involved culture!
After SICILIANO, this is one of the most complete bookstore that we have, and for sure one of the most informal book store in Barra da Tijuca!
June 9th, 2006
DOWNTOWN: A COOL OPTION FOR SHOPPING
It is an outdoor shopping center, completely different from all malls we have in the city...It is not in the city centre of rio, it is located in the west pat of the town.
Barra da Tijuca is a big ditrict of Rio, atually it offers many options and a wonderful beach. this is also the place where cariocas with rich pockets are moving, searching for best quality of life. Indeed, you really have many different things to do.
Have you ever seen a shopping mall with corners, streets and squares???
A place with more than 1300 stores... 12 great cinemas rooms and a place which holds many best restaurants in the city?????
There is also a big private university where students can have all the best education, and after the class, we all can have fun in the bars in such a light and spectacular ambience full of trees???
What to buy: You can find everything at DownTown, it is really a great option for shopping...you really should visit everything!;)
TO GET THERE:
There are two main avenues in Barra da tijuca, the one which follows the beach, Ayrton Senna, and the one which cross the district in the back yards, it is an express way called Americas Avenue..When you see a rounded church, keep your right, and you will see a huge city in the right side of the pavement...it is right beside another shopping center called CITTÁ AMERICA!;)
What to pay: It is a well off place but absolutely possible for every budget, what they want is impressing you with good taste, confort and pleasure!
Hippie market in Ipanema: Hippie fair: I should have bought the geode
I was not impressed by the prices and the limited interest in bargaining in this famous market, but it is clean and not over-crowded. There was a wide range of arts, crafts and t-shirts but little seller competition. I did find a beautiful geode I should have bought, but the other prices in the market and my pre-arrival reading convinced me that it was over priced. Because I had just arrived in Brazil I did not recognize a bargain when it was offered.
What to buy: Actually at this market, the t-shirts were reasonably priced. I did buy some attractive gourd musical instruments that later proved to have been reasonably priced for their quality.
What to pay: A little more than at the other "street" markets I visited in Rio.
H.stern Jewelers: Carioca Rodeo Drive
H. Stern Jewelry Shop..This is the brazilian Jeweler Flagship which is located in Ipanema. This store has had famous clients like,Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Campbell and others just to get Some Bling Bling BRAZILIAN style....
What to buy: Bling Bling if you got some Ca-ching ca-ching
What to pay: from $50 to infinite..depends on your budget.....
Hippie Market: Sunday market
I was really bummed when we woke up Sunday morning to the sound of pouring rain because one of the things I really wanted to do was go to the Hippie Market in Ipanema which is only open on Sunday.
When the rain let up a little, we grabbed our umbrellas and headed over to the market anyway, there were actually quite a few vendors there given that the rain had been pretty constant throughout the entire morning.
My guide book says it's only once a month so either we hit it lucky or the guide book is wrong
What to buy: The vendors that we did see were selling jewelry, tshirts, clothes, souvenirs, artwork. We were busy dodging overflowing tarps and trying not to stab anyone with our umbrellas to do any serious looking.
Zona Sul: Supermarket
No trip to a foreign land would be complete for me without a trip to a local supermarket. Zona Sul, identifiable usually by these large ceramic rabbits (unless that's just an Easter thing?), was the one we ran into the most and we stocked up there on bottled water, soft drinks like Guarana and local chocolates.
What to buy: Although our hotel said the water was safe to drink, I'm just in the habit of picking up bottled water, for the price of a couple of dollars, I have the assurance that I won't get sick from the water.
Bring back a couple of cans/bottles of Guarana if you develop an affinity for it, you won't likely find it back home.
I picked up a couple of boxes of Garoto mixed chocolates for gifts, I think they were only $2-3 US and surprisingly good. The ones we bought we in a yellow box.
Av Atlantica Fair: Street market
Every evening they would set up booths in the median strip of Av. Atlantica, not too far from our hotel which was on the end of Copacabana beach closest to Ipanema, selling tourist trinkets, tshirts, flip flops, etc. and then another section with original artworks. We were saving our souvenir shopping for our last night in Rio and unfortunately it wasn't in operation that night, not sure if it was because it was Sunday or because it had rained most of the day. But Friday and Saturday night it was in full swing.
Rua Visconde de Piraj?: Trendiest shops
Visconde de Piraj? street, in Ipanema, has most of the trendiest shops in town. There you'll find stores like Foch, Cavalera, many sunglasses stores, and at the end of the street, pass the square, stores like Louis Vitton and designer's stores.
Definately a must go.
What to buy: Rio is definately the place to buy tshirts, beachwear, sunglasses and everything that involves outdoors, beach and sun.
R.Sobral: "Poetic objects"
I like to shop. A lot. I'm not proud of it, but can't help it... When i go to some foreign country one of the things i love to do is to check out the different looking shops! Being a designer i'm very drawn to different, irreverent kind of clothes and accessories.
I found this shop at a mall and it was love at first sight... They have beautiful, colorful accessories, and not expensive at all (at least if comparing that kind of objects here in Lisbon!) Had to buy a bracelet to myself and to my mum as a souvenir ;)