Rio de Janeiro, popularly nicknamed as “The Marvelous City”, is renowned world over for its scenic beauty and gorgeous beaches. But, do you know that Rio de Janeiro also has another facet to its colorful existence. The city is also a fabulous shopping destination as well. Shopaholics in fact find the city to a veritable paradise.
If you are planning a shopping holiday to Rio de Janeiro, then you have surely made a perfect choice. So get ready to explore the numerous retail stores and boutiques in the city now. We have prepared a list of the best shops and boutiques for your convenience. You will find it beneficial while embarking on a shopping sojourn in the city’s famous shopping district Ipanema and other areas. You can consider visiting the high-end retail stores and other shopping places in the city offering latest trends. These include Feira do Rio Antigo, Novoe Desenho, Blooks, Dona Coisa, Imaginarium, Olhar o Brasil, Poeira, Glorinha Paranaguá, Blue Man, Isabela Capeto, Foxton and Mucki.
Feira do Rio Antigo
Feira do Rio Antigo is situated between Avenue Visconde de Rio Branco and Avenue Mem de Sá. It’s in fact a street fair where antiques and art and craft dealers showcase their best pieces on the stalls set up on the streets around the old houses in the area. While exploring the shops here you can also see small group of musicians playing the traditional Brazilian music chorinho and samba.
Novoe Desenh is located at the Museu de Art do Rio in Centro area of Rio de Janeiro. Visitors at this shop can find many beautiful creations by emerging designers. The museum, where this shop is located, itself boasts of incredible contemporary and modern art collection. You will be mesmerized by seeing the stunning collection of art works by Jean Boghici.
Blooks is situated in Botafogo area of the city. This is a must visit place for art aficionados. Remember to check out this place for specific art books. You will find the latest trends in the world of art and design publishing. You can also purchase some great DVDs, CDs, art toys and other small gifts.
Dona Coisa is situated in the city’s Jardim Botânico area. If you are looking for some of the finest and exclusive collections by famous Brazilian fashion designers, then be sure to find it all here. This shop also sells special collections of home wares designed by Brazilian artists like Nelson Leiner. The Jardim Botânico area, where this shop is located, is home to many galleries and ateliers as well.
Imaginarium is located in the famous shopping district of Ipanema. Some of the visitors know Imaginarium as a “fun-design store”. A doctor and an architect together founded this store in the 1900s. Presently, there are a total of 160 stores across Brazil that comes under the Imaginarium brand. This store creates its own items as well as sells creations of other Brazilian designers. You will be surprised to discover door-stoppers coming in the form of upturned ice cream cones. Here you can also purchase graphic laptop cases as well.
Olhar o Brasil
Olhar o Brasil is also situated in the renowned Ipanema shopping district. Whether you want to purchase upholstered furniture or ceramics for your home, this is absolutely one of the best places in Rio de Janeiro to discover exquisite Brazilian design. This store also hosts exhibitions and many cultural activities. The presence of a celebrity chef providing a cooking class demonstration will catch your fancy. This is a must visit place in Rio de Janeiro.
Poeira is a design store located in the Leblon area of the city. This store is renowned for selling modern furniture procured from different parts of the world. The store also sells its own brand of lamps, carpets and furniture. The Poeira is a must visit place for all those looking to buy something really unique and different. The Leblon area where this store is located is home to some of the best restaurants in Rio de Janeiro.
Isabela Capeto is situated in the Botanic Garden neighborhood of Horto. The owner of this store Capeto is famous for her stunning handwork, with the best use of dying techniques, embroidery and natural fabrics. Every item created by her look like an amazing piece of art. Her womenswear, home and children’s collections are greatly admired by the visitors. Do remember to visit this shop whenever you are on a holiday trip to Rio de Janeiro.