Shopping in Rio – From Budget to Blowout

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  1. With Rio residents currently suffering the chilly effects of a frente fria (cold front), thoughts turn away from beaches and sunbathing and towards that other pleasurable pursuit – shopping. Cariocas (natives of Rio) are famously image conscious, and as such it comes as no surprise that there is ample opportunity for some serious retail therapy in Rio to help the locals get over those cold weather blues.
    Anyone looking to splash some serious cash will find it all too easy to do so in this city, with high end goods costing as much or more than they would in the United States or Europe, but for top-end swimwear in particular, this will be money well spent. Top-end stores and achingly chic boutiques can be found in the fashion-forward malls of the city’s wealthy South Zone, while bargain hunters can root out great deals at street markets and in the city’s hectic downtown area.
    To get you in the mood for a shopping spree in Rio de Janeiro, here are our top all-budget picks.
    Best for a Blowout: Sao Conrado Fashion Mall This uber-chic mall in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most exclusive neighborhoods sees fashionistas browsing top end boutiques and refuelling on salads and sushi at the many excellent in-mall restaurants. Shoes, bikinis and jewelry are all good buys here.
    Best Mid-Range Buys: Feira do Rio Antigo (Rio Antique Fair). Despite the name, you don’t have to be in the market for antiques to find something to tempt you at this monthly street market in Rio’s historic center. Independent fashion designers flock here to sell their wares, and there are some interesting vintage records and collectables as well as clothing. If you don’t happen to be here on the first Saturday of the month, the flea market at Praca 15 de Novembro has less for fashion fans, but some serious bargains for anyone with an interest in the obscure.
    Best for Bargains: Saara If you’re shopping on a super-tight budget, there’s only one place to head for: the maze of cramped shopping streets that makes up the Saara district. Here you will find cut-price clothes and souvenirs, as well as scores of shops selling fancy dress costumes and party wear – making this a great place to come to get kitted out for Carnival.
    Shopping at Feira do Rio Antigo

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