From Bikinis to Antiques: Top Shopping Destinations in Rio de Janeiro

Lucy Bryson

By , Local Expert, Rio de Janeiro
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Visitors to Rio de Janeiro often find themselves somewhat startled when they first catch sight of prices in Rio de Janeiro.  While Rio may have been a bargain beach destination a decade ago, today it is expensive not only by South American standards, but by Western standards too. The steep prices mean that many locals pay for their purchases in instalments, but savvy shoppers know that there are bargains to be had even in this city of soaring prices.

The shopping centers of the affluent Zona Sul (South Zone, home to touristic areas such as Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana) are chockful of stylish, if pricey, boutiques, while...  Read more »

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    Havaianas Store

    Colorful, funky and durable, Havaianas have won fans among style savvy typs the world over.

    Local Expert Tip: "This store is located at the heart of Saara - a maze of busy shopping streets in the heart of Centro, where many of Rio's best bargains can be found. "

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    Barra Shopping

    This is far and away the largest shopping mall in Rio, and among the largest in South America.

    Local Expert Tip: "Barra da Tijuca's beach is an impressive seven miles long, so it's worth making a day of it and soaking up some rays before you hit the shops. "

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    Feira do Rio Antigo

    The Feira do Rio Antigo is a great opportunity to shop and get acquainted with Rio's historic center at the same time.

    Local Expert Tip: "Browse the market before making a purchase rather than snapping up the first thing that takes your fancy - there are lots of tempting things to choose from here. "

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    The Hippie Fair is a wonderful place to encounter Ipanema´s artistic side.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't be tempted to buy keepsakes from the first stall you come too - you may find better bargains elsewhere."

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    Visitors hoping to look chic on the beach should make Lenny their first port of call.

    Local Expert Tip: "The bikinis here are expensive, but the cuts are beautiful and the quality is high."

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    Farm is the go-to fashion store for young, hip locals.

    Local Expert Tip: "Fashion conscious types who want to blend into Rio's style scene should make Farm their first port of call."

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    Shopping Leblon

    Designer threads can be found in abundance at this stylish mall.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't come here if you're on a tight budget - the prices will bring tears to your eyes. "

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    Bazar Centro do Saara

    This hectic maze of shopping streets is the antidote to all those chic but expensive Rio malls.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be extra careful with your belongings in the crushed streets of the Saara, and wear backpacks on your front, never your back."

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    BumBum stocks some of the best Brazilian bikinis on the market.

    Local Expert Tip: "Leave the skimpiest models to the locals if you don´t want to feel ultra-self conscious on the beach."

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    Santa Teresa

    Santa Teresa is the place to come for kooky gifts and retro fashions.

    Local Expert Tip: "Head to Santa Teresa on a sunny Sunday afternoon to catch craft fairs, street samba and a welcome change from the packed beaches of the Zona Sul."



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