Best Spots for Serious Shopping Sprees in Rio's Upmarket Leblon Neighborhood

Cariocas have got looking good down to a fine art, and nowhere do the locals come more polished and perfect than those bronzed beauties strolling the sands and sidewalks of Leblon. This is arguably the city´s most affluent neighborhood, and those who live here spend a good proportion of their healthy incomes on clothes, beauty treatments and the health foods that help them keep those beach bodies in perfect condition for sporting teeny tiny beachwear. Anyone hoping to look as chic as the locals on the sands should pay a visit to bikini stores Lenny and BumBum, both of which have franchises in Leblon, while fun and flirty fashions guys and gals can be found at Farm. For some serious spending, head to Shopping Leblon, where you´ll find a whole host of designer boutiques under one roof. Shopping Leblon also has some genuinely appealing dining options, so shoppers will have ample opportunity to refuel during a spending spree.

Self-caterers can pick up tasty goodies for home cooking at Zona Sul supermarket, there are yummy organic veggie goodies at Vegetariano Social Clube, and even Leblon´s bars and beaches offer opportunities to pick up gifts such as caipirinha-making kits, caps and shot glasses.

Whether you're a staunch vegetarian, a health-food enthusiast or even a carnivore who has tucked into one steak too many, this cosy corner restaurant and healthfood store in Leblon is just the ticket. Healthfood and organic eating is a...  Read More

There are no prizes for guessing that this chain of upscale supermarkets is to be found largely in Rio's Zona Sul (South Zone) - after all, the name is a bit of a giveaway. Should you be making your base in Ipanema, Copacabana, Leblon or...  Read More

Funky Havaianas are synonymous with beach life in Rio de Janeiro. Famous the world over, the comfy, colorful rubber flip flops are worn by locals from cradle to grave. The sheer range of colors, styles and sizes - will have style conscious...  Read More

Academia da Cachaca
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Brazil's famously potent national drink, cachaca, is celebrated in all its myriad forms at this lively little bar that has become a Leblon nightlife institution. The national firewater may have a reputation for being as harsh on the palate as it...  Read More

Stylist-turned-swimwear queen Lenny Niemeyer is the woman credited with re-inventing the Brazilian bikini, making it less - 'dental floss' and more about beautiful cuts and curve-enhancing designs. Niemeyer launched her Lenny brand with an...  Read More

Farm is the go to fashion store for the fashionable young things of Ipanema, and stocks colorful, fresh-looking fashions for both girls and boys about town. Fun, flirty dresses and floaty fabrics are hallmarks of Farm's ladies' wear section,...  Read More

In a neighborhood where many bars are formal and a little stuffy, Jobi is a breath of fresh air. The early-opening, late-closing Leblon institution is a fine example of the Rio boteco - botecos being informal bars serving food and good company...  Read More

If you want to look as hot as the locals on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, make a beeline for this chic swimwear store. As well as the barely-there bikinis that Brazil is famous for, BumBum (the name reflects the national predeliction for...  Read More

At Ipanema´s farthest point from Copacabana, a small canal marks the division between Praia do Ipanema and Praia do Leblon. Vendors stroll the sands sellling bikinis, sarongs and sunglasses, making this a great place for laidback shooping....  Read More

Shopping Leblon
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if you're in the mood for a splurge or in need of some serious retail therapy, this shopping center located in upscale Leblon is just the ticket. From itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis in body conscious cuts to handcrafted homeware and stylish...  Read More


Meet Lucy Bryson

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.

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