Where to shop in Rio de Janeiro
The great outdoors is everything to the inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro (aka cariocas), so the nomadic markets that tour the city are similarly cherished, from antiques and art (Saturdays in Centro’s Praça XV and Sundays in Gávea’s main square) to the entire block-swamping stalls of organic fruit and veg held in various neighbourhoods throughout the week. The pick of the bunch, however, is the monthly Feira do Rio Antigo in Lapa, when local antique furniture stores turn their wares out onto the pavement, supplemented by art, crafts, record and photograph vendors galore. Weird and wonderful rarities, ornate china and paintings are also to be found in the art deco Cassino Atlântico mall in Copacabana, where edgy galleries and china curios abound and a weekly indoor market occupies the corridors every Saturday.
The region around Ipanema’s Rua Garcia D’Avila bursts with exclusive brands and hip street-wear, the latter best represented by Homegrown, where regular art shows supplement rails of trainers, T-shirts and graffiti paraphernalia. Swimwear designers Lenny and Blue Man take care of the fashion-conscious beachgoer with stylish designs crafted to show maximum flesh. Foch packs in bolder, gay-friendly fashions perfect for the Ipanema beach set hanging out on the sands at the end of Rua Farme de Amoedo.
Store and market details
Feira do Rio Antigo Rua Lavradio, Lapa. +55 21 2224 6693.
Cassino Atlântico Avenida Atlântica 4240, Copacabana. +55 21 2523 8709.
Homegrown Rua Maria Quitéria 68, Ipanema. +55 21 2513 2160.
Lenny Rua Garcia D’Avila 149a, Ipanema. +55 21 2227 5537.
Blue Man Rua Visconde de Pirajá 351c, Ipanema. +55 21 2247 4905.
Foch Rua Visconde de Pirajá 365b shop 10, Ipanema. +55 21 2521 1172.
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