Rio de Janeiro is a cosmopolitan city populated by incredibly image-conscious citizens, and as such there is plenty of opportunity for shopaholics to indulge in their favorite pastime here. From chic boutiques selling the teeniest of bikinis to vast shopping malls via colorful street markets, there are shopping options to suit every taste and budget here.
For classy, if pricey, clothes, jewelry and swimwear, head to Leblon and Ipanema; while bargain hunters should head for the downtown shopping district of Saara - a top place to pick up carnival costumes as well as day-to-day beachwear.
Foodies will love the vibrant fruit and vegetable markets that take place across the city, while the city's historic center is transformed into a giant fashion and antiques fair on the first Saturday of each month, when the Feira do Rio Antigo takes place. For more bargain-hunting wit
Lucy is a British freelance writer living in Rio de Janeiro since 2007. While there are some things she misses about her home country, the lure of year-round sunshine has proved too powerful to resist.