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Interior of a clothing boutique. The layout is modern. Three mannequins in the centre of the room are dressed in bohemian, beachy attire. Two beach chairs face a film projection on an otherwise blank wall. There are exposed steel beams and a steel pillar, and ceiling lights with shades that resemble sun hats. Three large, slouchy raffia baskets sit on the cement floor next to a round table. Four racks of clothing in warm colours are dotted around the room. A shelving unit holds jewelry and home decor.

Shopping

Shopping in Rio gets you a front row seat to the best of the city’s fashion, culture and tradition, whether you’re browsing popular street markets or strolling around high-end shopping malls.

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Exterior entranceway of the Village Mall in Barra Tijuca. A glass-fronted building. A wide sun shelter supported by pillars extends around the entranceway separate from the rest of the building. There are two roadways that pass along the front of the building and to the left of the entranceway. Pedestrian walkways are dotted with trees and cement planters.

Village Mall

Interior of a shopping mall. A corner unit. The unit has glass walls with vertical stripes. One wall is emblazoned with 'Gucci' in large letters. The other has the Gucci logo (two interlocked capital Gs). Image: Alexandre Macieira/Riotur

The best of international brands

 

Village Mall houses a wide range of leading national and international fashion brands, as well as Brazil’s first Apple store. Situated on the shores of Lake Tijuca, Village Mall also has a theatre and concert hall, a multiscreen cinema, and plenty of options for dining – all about 15 minutes’ drive from Riocentro.

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Rio Design Barra

Shopping mall interior. An open space with benches and trees. Shoppers sit and chat, and wander about the space. At the rear of this area, a multistory plant wall, with ferns, ivies and other greenery. To the left and right of the plant wall and open space are three levels of shops.

Everything in one place

 

At Rio Design Barra, you’ll find restaurants, leisure activities and more than 160 shops. Roughly 15 minutes’ drive from Riocentro, this mall gathers top brands under one roof for a local and international clientele.

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Ipanema stores

Interior of a clothing boutique. The layout is modern. Three mannequins in the centre of the room are dressed in bohemian, beachy attire. Two beach chairs face a film projection on an otherwise blank wall. There are exposed steel beams and a steel pillar, and ceiling lights with shades that resemble sun hats. Three large, slouchy raffia baskets sit on the cement floor next to a round table. Four racks of clothing in warm colours are dotted around the room. A shelving unit holds jewelry and home decor.

Local shops. Iconic beachwear.

 

If malls aren’t your thing, you can shop local – and outdoors – at Ipanema. A trip to Ipanema – where you’ll find Osklen, FARM Rio, Salinas, Lenny Niemeyer and lots more – is a must if you want to add color to your summer wardrobe. And make sure to pick up a pair of famous Havaianas flip-flops while you’re there… 

 

The area is also home to historic spots, including Toca do Vinicius – a must-visit for books, records and everything about Brazilian Bossa Nova music. 

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Feira do Lavradio

A street market on a tree-lined avenue in sunny Rio. People in summer clothes wander between stalls that are pressed against the bottom of old, terraced stone buildings with cast-iron balconies. The stalls are mostly selling clothing. A number of flags hang above the street, including the Spanish, Mexican and Croatian flags.

Culture and relics from the past

 

Every Saturday, in the heart of the city center, Rua do Lavradio hosts Feira Rio Antigo (the Rio Antique Fair). The historic street has bars, centuries-old houses, and antique shops with a relaxed vibe for those who want to explore the history of the city through budget-friendly fun.

 

With so many bars and restaurants in the area, it would be a real shame not to stop for a traditional caipirinha…

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A rooftop relaxation area. Wood-panel flooring stretches the length of the rooftop, which is surrounded by a glass barrier. Dotted around the rooftop are coffee tables, low basket-weave lounge chairs, and sun umbrellas. From the rooftop can be seen multi-story buildings, forested mountains and Lake Tijuca. Image: Alexandre Macieira/Riotur
The rooftop at Village Mall, with views over Lake Tijuca. Image: Alexandre Macieira/RioTur