Looking for a place to splurge without going overboard while on a trip to Brazil? Then Rio de Janeiro is the perfect place for you. While it is extremely pocket friendly for customers from all acres of life, almost every single of the items being sold in the different shopping spots in Rio are hand made by locals, using local ingredients. So every time you buy something, you are supporting a local family, individual or a small scale local company.
On that note, let us take a look at five of the hottest and arguably the best places to splurge and buy what the world of shopping has to offer in Rio de Janeiro.
Top 5 Shopping Locations in Rio De Janero
- Farm- This is the place to be in Ipanema. The Farm is basically the physical representation of a Brazilian carnival, because most of what it sells are vibrant, colourful and extremely fun and flirty. If you are looking for high end, designer and formal clothes, then this is not the place for you, because Farm caters mostly to the young, with its array of shops selling colourful and light dresses, bikinis, boarding shots and other informal clothing items.
- La Vereda–Situated extremely close to the Largo do Guimarães, the La Vereda is a favourite among connoisseurs of art and handicrafts. This quaint little shopping spot sells an array of colourful and vibrant hand made things like jewelry, lamps, lanterns, clay figurines, delicate silver jewelry, hand painted ceramic vessels, small sculptures and so on, and almost everything .is made and sold by local Pernambuco artists. Take your time strolling and looking through the stores before buying anything.
- Feira de Arte de Ipanema– Don’t be fooled by the name, the Hippie Fair has been faithfully held every Sunday for the past sixty years, and is one of the most tourist favourite places in all of Brazil. There is almost nothing that you cannot find here – locally made artifacts, delicate jewelry, incredibly beautiful and colourful clothes and so on. This place is also incredible if you happen to be bargain shopper. But you can’t be quick. One thing you need to have lots of while coming to the Hippie market is time. While you are here, try their local food item called acarajé.
- Feira do Rio Antigo- This market fair is held on the first Sunday of every month, and is a grand event since it sells just about everything that is made locally. The prices are very reasonable and the best thing is that the streets are filled with the sound of live samba music played in corners of crooks. If you get tired, just pop into one of the cafes for a drink or two.
- Granado- This is a little hush-hush apothecary shop that has been around since the late 1800s. They sell a myriad of gels, scented soaps and candles, moisturizers, creams, shampoos, conditioners and other ingredients which are completely natural and made with local Brazilian products.