Rio De Janeiro Shopping
Shopping in Rio de Janeiro can be a rewarding experience for
tourists on the hunt for bargains, whether they''re seeking cheap
souvenirs or designer goods. While it isn''t considered a major
shopping destination, there are numerous shopping centres,
boutiques, street stalls and markets offering a wide selection of
Rio''s main shopping destinations are concentrated into areas
like Rio Sul in the city centre. There are also numerous shopping
districts near the beaches, including Avenida Nossa Senhora and Rua
Barata Ribeiro in Copacabana, Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva in Leblon,
and Rua Visconde de Pirajá in Ipanema.
Religious antiques, soapstone carvings, leather goods and
gemstone jewellery are Rio''s most popular souvenirs, offered by
various shops throughout the city. You can also find local
gemstones carved into shapes like toucans, jaguars, and other wild
figures that make good gifts, alongside tacky options like plastic
replicas of Christ the Redeemer.
Good-quality beachwear and Brazilian soccer jerseys are also
popular, though you''ll need to choose between cheap imitations at
market stalls and more expensive official merchandise. Rio is the
birthplace of Havaianas (flip flops), so they''re available in any
number of brands, styles, and colours. One of the best things to
buy in Rio de Janeiro though, is music, with albums available of
Brazil''s distinctive local music. Modern Sound on Barata Ribeiro
has the biggest collection, or for a good selection of jazz music
and books, head to the artsy Livraria da Travessa.
The gift shop at the Museu do Índio has a selection of pots,
woven baskets, and wooden artefacts made by indigenous tribes.
Another unique souvenir is the cachaça, or sugar cane brandy,
brewed at Petisco da Vila. Try a bottle after watching the
production process right in the brewery.
Good-quality local arts and crafts can be found at outdoor
weekend markets, the best of which include the Hippie Fair, the
Babilônia Hype Fair, and the enormous Feira Nordestina São
Cristóvão, which has over 700 stalls. For flowers and food,
including fruit, vegetables and cheeses (though you won''t be able
to bring them home), Praca General Osorio in Ipanema and Rua
Domingos Ferreira in Copacabana are also worth a visit.
Most items are reasonably priced, as long as you stay away from
the obvious tourist traps around the major hotels. Bartering is
acceptable though, and you can usually earn yourself up to a 10
percent discount in shops if you pay cash, though most shops and
even some markets will accept major credit cards. Shops tend to
stay open Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, and shopping centres
stay open daily from 10am to 10pm. Sales tax is 18 percent, and
there is no tax refund scheme for departing tourists in Brazil.