Santa Teresa is full of colorful arts, crafts and clothing stores — Photo courtesy of Rodrigo GalindezThe historic Santa Teresa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro is widely known as the artistic heart of Rio, and often referred to as the 'Montmartre of the Tropics' because its hilltop location and artsy feel calls to mind that famous area of Paris. The neighborhood has long attracted those looking to browse the many arts and crafts stores, but it's also a treasure trove for fashion fans looking to uncover vintage pieces and one-off handmade dresses, tees and bags.
There are any number of vintage clothing stores to be found along the winding cobbled streets of this most picturesque of bairros, many of which have no official name and little signage, but whose stylishly presented window mannequins tempt hipsters through the doors in their droves. In addition, many of the arts and crafts stores also sell one-off pieces by local designers, and it's perhaps no surprise that the funky label Favela Hype, which went on to have success in New York, began life as a small store in Santa Teresa.
The many bars and restaurants of Santa Teresa, including the always-lively Bar do Mineiro and Bar do Gomes, are packed with fashionable young things dressed in casual but chic clothing, and a quick visit to Santa Teresa´s brechos (secondhand stores) will have you looking the part in a snap.