Interior at  Blue Man, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Blue Man

A popular bathing-suit boutique with extravagant prints and perfect cuts.

Casa das Meninas

This delightful house in the Jardim Botânico, an insider’s secret, is where many fashionable society ladies shop.

Interior at  Dona Coisa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dona Coisa

A small atelier in Jardim Botânico with limited collections by new and interesting designers.

Apparels at Farm, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


This colorful funky beachwear company epitomizes Rio’s vibrant, groovy style. It is ideal for young, flamboyant women. Think palazzo pants in tropical patterns and crocheted boleros and Adidas track suits in tropical patterns.

Fashion Mall

One of the most sophisticated and nicest malls in Rio, Fashion Mall in São Conrado is the best option for buying Brazilian bathing suits: Rosa Chá, Lenny and Salinas are all here. Other brands include sophisticated Bo.Bô and Cris Barros (top fashion), luxury department store Daslu, funky Farm and charming Le Lis Blanc. For gifts, head for Granado – beautiful bath and beauty products. Children will love the Happy Kids playroom. There are also a number of restaurants (for Argentinian meat, choose Pobre Juan, or CT Brasserie for more eclectic fare). The mall is bathed in natural light and filled with internal gardens. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sundays and holidays 3 p.m.–9 p.m.

Interior at Feira Hippie de Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Feira Hippie de Ipanema

Back in the late ’60s, there were hippies selling their handcrafts at Ipanema’s Praça General Osório. The hippies may be gone, but the open-air market remains: every Sunday, from 8 a.m. to sundown, Feira Hippie de Ipanema attracts cariocas and visitors with a fun, vibrant mix of arts, crafts, jewelry, musical instruments, pottery, clothes and toys. Hidden in the touristy chaos are some terrific finds in jewelry, leather and pottery. Bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of time for browsing and haggling (most vendors speak some English). Indagare Tip: Next door is café and shop Amazonia Soul.

Exterior at Galeria River, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Galeria River

Surf/skate shops sit side by side with boutiques featuring Brazil’s hot new designers at this semi-hidden mall. Stop to grab a bite in new Hare Burger (55 (21) 3518 4968), a veggie burger and healthy snacks joint, beloved by beach boys.

Merchandise at Havaianas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


You can find this typical Brazilian flip flops all over Rio. They are such a staple that many newsstands and grocery shops have racks of them on display. However, the ultimate temple is the flagship Ipanema shop, which has the greatest variety and some models available only here.

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Apparels at Lenny, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The most luxurious and stylish—and expensive—one- and two-piece bathing suits can be found here. Another outpost is in the Shopping Da Gávea mall (55 (21) 2529-3251.


The company, which has stores in Rome and New York, among other international locations, is the epitome of Brazilian eco-luxury clothes for men and women. Dramatic designs and prints with Brazilian flair are the mains aspects of designer Oskar Metsavaht’s creations. Prices are steep.

Parceria Carioca

This little shop showcases a unique assortment of pieces by Brazilian designers and handmade items by artisans from local co-ops. It’s one of my favorites, and the ideal place to pick up that hard-to-find gift: embroidered T-shirts, amazing purses, pretty custom jewelry and unusual housewares. There is another location at ua Visconde de Pirajá 215.

Merchandise at Peach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Constança Basto’s shoe shop stocks serious high-style heels.

Merchandise at Reserva, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Laid back and sophisticated at the same time, Reserva carries breezy fashion that is adored by Brazilians all around the country.

Apparels at Richards, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The casual styles at Richards provide the elegant, laid-back look you’ll see in the most fashionable resorts in Brazil, from Buzios to Paraty. Think linen shirts, colorful swim trunks and flirty dresses.

Merchandise at Salinas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


This is one of the best brands for bathing suits and beachwear in Rio. Fun and colorful pieces plus a great selection for kids. Don’t miss the accessories, like hats and sandals. Salinas can be found in most malls and shopping complexes in Rio.

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Cutting-edge shoes, beloved by trendy brazilian girls.

Apparels at Sementeira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The source for comfortable yoga-type clothes.

Exterior at Shopping da Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Shopping da Gávea

Small, family-oriented and easy to navigate, Shopping da Gávea is my favorite mall, with its open architecture and chic selection of shops, including stylish Brazilian brands such as Lenny (great bathing suits), Osklen (Brazil’s answer to the Gap) and Richards (elegant resortwear). Área Objetos is also located here. Open Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

Shopping Leblon

The new kid in town, and with its convenient location and fine selection of stores, this mall is definitely worth a visit. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sundays and holidays 3 p.m.–9 p.m.

Interior View - Vix, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Another stylish Carioca shop for a beach lifestyle. Designer Paula Hermanny sells bikinis and as cover-ups as well as colorful silk maxi dresses, flowing skirts and tunics and blouses. She also creates a line of attractive leather tote bags.

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