Travel Gear Shops, Christmas Shopping, 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.
Local Expert Lucy Bryson Says:
Best for Travel Gear Shops Because: The largest mall in Rio de Janeiro, Barra Shopping offers ample opportunity to pick up large and small pieces of luggage.
Best for Christmas Shopping Because: There are endless Christmas shopping opportunities at this vast mall to the west of central Rio.
Recommended as Best Shopping Because: This is far and away the largest shopping mall in Rio, and among the largest in South America.