Best Shopping: If you're in the mood for some serious retail therapy, it's time to jump on a bus or grab a cab and head for Barra da Tijuca, the wealthy, modern suburb to the west of the city that has been nicknamed 'the United States of Barra'. Here, sprawling shopping malls line the wide avenues, and Barra Shopping is the largest of them all - with food courts and entertainment complexes housed inside, along with all manner of chic boutiques and high street fashion stores. You can even work out mid-shopping spree, should you feel the urge, as there are workout stations dotted around the mall.
Christmas Shopping: If you're in the mood for some serious retail therapy, it's time to jump on a bus or grab a cab and head for Barra da Tijuca. In this wealthy, modern suburb to the west of the city center, sprawling shopping malls line the wide avenues. The largest of the malls, Barra Shopping, is in fact the biggest in South America. Eye-catching Christmas displays make this a popular spot for children in the run up to Christmas, although all the snowy scenes are a little at odds with the baking heat outside. The mall is home to high street stores and exclusive boutiques, as well as plenty of stores offering typically Brazilian gifts such as Brazil soccer shirts and replica Christ statues.
Local Expert Lucy Bryson Says:
Recommended as Best Shopping Because: This is far and away the largest shopping mall in Rio, and among the largest in South America.
Best for Christmas Shopping Because: There are endless Christmas shopping opportunities at this vast mall, located west of central Rio.