Rio de Janeiro is a city full of temptations, and the window displays of the chic boutiques and bikini stores of upmarket Ipanema will have shopaholics reaching for their credit cards in an instant. Shopping in Ipanema is a pleasure for anyone with a little cash to splash, although budget visitors to Rio might find themselves wincing at some of the prices. Bargain hunters prepared to do a little haggling can pick up arts, crafts and clothing at the long-standing Sunday 'Hippie Fair', while those who are looking to spoil themselves or somebody else can pick up on-trend bikinis at the legendary swimwear store BumBum, or browse for chic beachwear and designer shoes and clothing at stores such as Espaco Fashion.
Rio de Janeiro is a fashionable yet casual city, and Ipanema is home to the city's chic elite, so it is no surprise that the streets are paved with stores offering beautiful, curve-enhancing clothes for the ladies and laid-back but attractive tees, jeans and sneakers for male shoppers. Ipanema is also a good place to pick up food and drink with healthfood stores such as New Natural offering nutritious goodies and upmarket supermarket chain Zona Sul packed with quality wines and deli goods.