I still regret I did not buy one. There is a street market along Copacabana beach where you can find a wide variety of hammocks.
The prices vary but you could by a decent one for about 100 reals which is about USD 33.
Rio Sul: Great Mall
This mall has everything from all the best in women's clothes, men's clothes, to furniture. It also has a good food court, great shoes, and a movie theater.
What to buy: A bikini for the ladies. You have to have a Brazilian bikini. Shoes. Jeans. I have found my best jeans in Rio and at a fraction of what I would pay here.
Leave your bathingsuit at home
When in Rome... Go out and buy one of the bikinis you'll ever buy at a fraction of what you would normally pay. Yes, they are a lot smaller then you are used to but go out and show it off. You're in Rio! Nothing makes you stand out more then a huge bikini bottom
What to buy: Go to Rio Sul or to one of the many shops on the streets of Ipanema. You can also buy suits on the beach but I say go into the shop. It can run to $US 10 to $US 30 which is nothing. These suits are not only cute but keep their shape and color much longer the US brands.
What to pay: Normal would be 40 to 70 reais can be more or less depending ($US 10 to $us30)
Lojas Americanas: Brazilian Payless or Walgreens
It is like a one of our drug/novelty type stores. You can get candy, snacks, and sometimes groceries there. You can also get your havaianas (Brazilian flip flops), undies, shampoo, diapers, toys, makeup, etc. It is easy shopping. Go in, grab your stuff, and get in line. The lines can get kind of long but there are usually lots of cashiers and they move fast so don't worry.
What to buy: Havaianas, personal care items, snacks, big chocolate eggs at Easter, etc.
What to pay: Not bad pricing. Average amount for just about everything. Maybe a little lower then private stores
Men's Brazilian Bathingsuit
This is what is typically worn by Cariocas on the beach. If you want to blend, it's what you need, if not, no worries.
What to buy: Speedo with the thick sides. Get a cool color and walk with pride!
What to pay: Anything between 30 to 60 reais depending on brand etc.
Ipanema Hype Feira: Many treasures
The Hype Feira (hippie fair) is a great outdoor market where you can find leather goods, jewlery, clothes, trinkets. etc.
I even had some tasty corn from the street vendor and I'm still alive to tell the story.
What to pay: Bargain..No price is set in stone here.
SALINAS: The perfect bikini... FOUND.
Salinas is smart. Their store is small, with a chic boutique-type feel and their bikinis are displayed in all their glory against crisp white walls. The quality of the fabric IS great. Everyone was right. And the fit... well, it's hot. I'm converted.
What to buy: OK, so yes, everyone and their mother (well maybe not their mother!) is telling you, when in Rio, buy bikinis. At the same time they're telling you how much more skimpy/revealing they are. I had my doubts.
UNTIL I entered the Salinas store in Ipanema and fell head over heels in love with the cuts, colors and patterns of these Rio-based gems. And the price- well, you can order some of Salinas' styles from Victoria's Secret for $100-$125 a pop. In Rio, they were $100 REAL. So, about $38? And the selection was fantastic.
What to pay: roughly $40 per bikini
Pe de Boi: Craft Shop
It is a gallery of popular Brazilian art, featuring works in wood, ceramic, lace, embroidery and weaving, plus sculptures, created by regional artists from the north to the south of the country. It is also possible to find works of art from Peru, Guatemala and Equador.
What to buy: Everything!!!
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If you run into rain while in Rio...: Rio Malls... São Conrado Fashion Mall and Rio Sul
While in Rio we went to both Rio Sul and the São Conrado Fashion Mall.
Rio Sul is crowded, lively, several floors of all sorts of shops very similar to a mall in NYC. Shops are a good deal for those of us coming from the U.S. or Europe. There are many many food options here and there is a movie theater. We had lunch at a nice little sandwich/salad place in the middle of the mall called Miss Baton, I recommend it! There are free transfers to Rio Sul from many Copacabana hotels. Otherwise it's like a 5 minute cab ride from Copa. The address is Av. Lauro Müller 116. The Web site is: www.riosul.com.br
We also visited the São Conrado Fashion Mall which features two inside floors and an upper somewhat outside floor of extremely posh/high end shops. For instance, Emporio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Kenzo, and Petit Lippe. We were in one store, Chocolate something or another and a pair of men's Earl Jeans were going for around $300+ when converted from reals. This mall isn't for the budget conscious. But it's beautifully laid out and has some nice restaurant choices and a movie theater. We took a cab to this mall too. Address: Estrada da Gávea 899
We didn't make it to Barra Shopping as it's pretty far out from Rio but it's supposed to be quite good too. Located at Barra da Tijuca- Av. das Américas 4666 www.barrashopping.com.br
What to buy: I found jewelry to be priced well in Rio, you must buy bikinis, flip flops, great samba CDs...
It never occurred to me that all the clothes in the shops would be in preparation for Fall when we went in April (duh!). That was a disappointment for my shopaholic self as I wasn't about to buy sweaters and suede going into our summer here in Florida. Oh well! :-)
What to pay: Much less than you do in the States or Europe for the most part.
Emporio Tropical: Craft Shop
In the Emporio Tropical, which is in the Chacara Tropical, you will find objects elaborated by Brazilian handicraft experts who enrich popular art. The wood and other raw materials taken from nature pass through the able hands of these artists and are transformed into beautiful works of art.
What to buy: Hard to say... The wood and clay pieces are my favourites, but everything else is great. Pay special attention to the chairs and benches - very beautiful work.
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Draco: Surf Shops & Boutiques in Arpoador
There are a handful of cool little boutiques and surf shops along Rua Francisco Otaviano in the Arpoador area of Rio worth checking out. This area is right between Copacabana and Ipanema.
What to buy: We ended up in Draco where Tim bought a really hip Rio T-shirt (with a cool font as I'm trying to show you in the image here) and I, a little wooden saint necklace.
You can buy surf boards, bathing suits, men's casual clothing, women's boutique-type clothing, flip flops, etc. etc. in this little area.
What to pay: Prices are totally fair.
Amsterdam Sauer: Semiprecious and precious stones
Rio de Janeiro has numerous fine jewelry stores and one of Rio's top names is Amsterdam Sauer. The Ipanema location houses both the store and the gemstone museum. The store is famous for its huge offer of precious stones and jewelry.
In the on-site museum you can visit a recreation of a Brazilian gemstone mine, where everybody may realize, how difficult is to mine these beautiful stones. The so called imperial topaz, once favoured by the Russian Tzars is mined only in Brazil. It shows also a lot of rough stones and gems.
A very informative and well organized museum.
The museum is open weekdays 10am - 6pm and Saturday 9am - 2pm.
Phone: 021/2239-8045 for the museum only.
What to buy: The store sells a wide range of loose coloured stones or set in 18-carat gold, such as, aquamarines, red-orange and pink topaz, tourmalines in a rainbow of shades from green to purple., citrines, and Brazilian opals. but is particularly famous for its fascination with emeralds.
What to pay: Mining for gemstones is not easy and you should expect quite high price, however, it is worth a visit even if you are not looking to buy, what you don’t need and don’t want.
Prices are influenced by the quality and the shade of the stone. For example the imperial topaz start at US70/carat, the darker shades of pink and cherry-red the most expensive.
Sale months are March-April and August-September with reductions of up to 70%!!!
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Artindia: Craft Shop
Indigenous handicrafts in a wide variety of materials, including wood, straw, clay and feathers, bought directly from the communities, stimulating them to preserve their standard of living regarding their material culture, also providing an income source.
What to buy: The items on sale include masks, adornments, toys, musical instruments, pots, baskets and weapons.
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Armadillo: Good Quality T-Shirts
Armadillo is a men's clothing store and is located inside the Rio Sul Shopping Mall. The store has what they call "stone washed" t-shirts. I've never seen or heard of them from any other places but they are very comfortable. Since Armadillo stores only exist in Brazil why don't you check them out for yourself when you visit Brazil.
Feira Hippie Ipanema: Market
Ipanema's Hippy Market is a great place to buy some local crafts, tee shirts and other souvenirs while in Rio. I bought some hand-painted tee shirts and some wood carved crafts and enjoyed strolling around despite the rain.
What to pay: You'll definitely want to bargain here.
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