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Jewellery is a major shopping highlight of Rio and Brazil To call the shopping possibilities in Rio abundant would be an understatement, to say the least. Whether it be bartering with street vendors and peddlers, thrifting at the fashionable boutiques, or wandering through any of the two dozen shopping malls, shopping in Rio is affordable and enjoyable. Unique artistry and clothing are everywhere; funky jewelry, chic bathing suits, and thousands of handicrafts, paintings, and hammocks are among some of the fabulous finds waiting to be discovered. Brazil is one of the largest world producers of gold and colored gemstones, and its beautiful amethysts, emeralds, diamonds, and rubies can be found in authentic jewelry shops throughout Rio as well. The majority of stores, even many in the markets, accept credit cards, though it is usually 10 to 20% cheaper if you pay with cash.

The main districts of interest to the tourist and shopper are the Saara District of downtown, Santa Theresa, Ipanema and Copacabana. Ipanema is Rio's most fashionable shopping district, with a number of designer boutiques studded along the Rua Visconde de Piraja. Copacabana houses a number of great suveneir shops, music stores, and bookstores, all located along Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana and its surrounding streets. The beachside area in Copacabana holds street markets on Saturdays. Most small shops are open Monday to Friday from 9pm to 6pm and on Saturday from 9am to 1pm or 2pm. With the exception of the large shopping malls, many shops in Rio de Janeiro are not open on Sundays.

Downtown Centro offers great deals for clothing and shoes, especially the streets Rua da Alfandega, Rua Uruguaina, and Rua Buenos Aires, which are jam packed with merchants and small shops lined back to back. Back in the '70s, the area was set to be demolished to make room for a viaduct, but over 1,200 passionate shopkeepers formed a merchant's association to end the movement.More upscale clothing can be found around the Rua Goncalves Dias. Botafogo has two shopping centers worth checking out - the Botafogo Praia Shopping, and Rio Sul, one of the first malls in Rio. Botafogo is still a very popular shopping destination and is a good place to get an understanding of price ranges.

Tourists with a taste for Bossa Nova, the popular music of Brazil, will love the Toca do Vinicius; dedicated to the lyrical poet and composer Vinicius de Moraes, A huge collection of Bossa Nova CDs, along with books and magazines on the current music of Brazil, make this a must-see attraction. On the last Sunday of every month, there is usually a music event held.
Toca de Vinicius website

A series of quaint shops form a mini mall called the Galeria River, which sell various sporting goods: Skateboards, surf gear, climbing equipment hiking boots, and sunglasses can all be found at the ever-affordable prices of Rio. This is also a good place for outdoor-types to get tips on where to go, where to get lessons, and other such local knowledge.

Cassino Atlantico
Attached to the Sofitel Hotel is this is a 180-store mall specializing in antiques and art galleries. There is a fair held every Saturday from 11 am to 7 p.m.

Beach wear
Blue Man is known for its original designs and prints; mix and match your bathing suits!
Visconde de Piraja 351, loja 108, Ipanema.

Bum Bum
Your prime stop to getting the latest Rio fashion beachwear.
Rua Vinicius de Morais 130, Ipanema.

Men's Fashion
Taco
Cheap and good quality casual wear. Most products are 100% Brazilian cotton.
Two locations:
Rua Goncalves Dias 56, Centro
Av. Rio Branco 151, Centro.

Women's Fashion
Dimpus
Hip and trendy colorful clothing; appeals to the 18 - 35 Carioca crowd.
Rua Maria Quiteria 85, Ipanema.

Lele da Cuca
This caters to the society women of Rio, including various European designers such as Chanel.
Rua Visconde de Piraja 430 B, Ipanema.

Markets
The Babilonia Feira Hype is located in the Jockey Club or Barra Suburb. This is the "hippie" arts and crafts fair, where the young and hip can pick through stylish clothing and art from many of the most famous art designers. Open every other weekend, opportunities abound to enjoy great Brazilian music, get something pierced, or enjoy drinks at the Academia da Cachaca its all groovy in this part of town. Stop by after visiting the near by Botanical Gardens.

The Feira Hippie Ipanema is the ultimate hangout spot of Hippies in the 60's; not as grand a market as the one above, but worth a visit if you have time. Praca General Osorio.

Feirarte
Right in front of the Paco Imperial, this market features a range of practicing artists showing and selling their work: ceramics, glass, silver, metal works and leathergoods.
Praca XV, Centro.

Music
For distinctly Brazilian instruments outside of just the berimbau, explore Rua da Carioca which has several very good musical instrument stores lined up practically back to back. Take the Metro to the Largo da Carioca stop.

The Northeastern Market, located at Campo de Sao Cristovao, also offers great opportunities for music lovers and is open all day long on Sundays.

Modern Sound
Located in Copocabana has an enormous collection of all various music CD's.
Rua Barata Ribeiro, 502

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