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If you find yourself in Rio on the first Saturday of the month and don't fancy the beach, there are few better ways to while away an afternoon than by strolling through the amassed piles of antiques and oddities that line Rua Lavradio at this monthly fair. Watch as all the shops fling open their shutters and display their often beautiful, often crumbly old furniture. You can pick up black and white photographs, antique bottles or arte naife, and try some wonderful food from any of the hundreds of stalls. Several good restaurants also line the far end of the road, offering the perfect pit stop if you're feeling a tad shopped out.
Located in Centro, the Casa Oliveira de Música sells an array of musical instruments to suit everybody's need. From guitars, mandolins and violins to repelique, reco-reco and drums, you will find everything here. This place is like a musician's dream come true. With a range of brands and quality products, this shop remains quite famous among the music community of Rio. They offer after-sale services as well. So if you break a string of your guitar or damage your drums, the staff here will service it for you.
If you are a jazz fan, then you should definitely check this place out. It has an enormous collection of old jazz records, that have been preserved surprisingly well. The shop also caters to music fanatics who like modern electronic mixes and most other types of contemporary music. The shop also has a tattoo place where you can get yourself inked. Yes! You read it right. A tattoo parlor within a CD shop! The passion of music here is extraordinary. This is visible in the weekly DJ nights that they have. However, they don't happen every week. So just check out their website and stay updated on the latest events.
Established in 1952, this is considered the best bookstore in town from which to purchase foreign books. The selection includes books in French, English, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Orders can also be made from a catalogue of over 70,000 books from France, Germany, Spain, England and Portugal. Poetry and music CDs are also available. As a result of its huge stock, the store is a bit packed. Nevertheless, it is not difficult to find what you want, and the staff is very helpful. There is now also a smaller store in Shopping da Gávea.
This store, traditional in the city center and opened recently in Ipanema, is a must for book and jazz music lovers. It sells mostly imported books on photography, cinema and the arts in general, but you will find a nice selection of all subjects, and bestsellers too. It also sells CDs and calendars. Browsing here is a delight, with jazz music playing in the background, and a small café in the mezzanine where you can eat snacks while paging your newly acquired books.
An excellent store for music lovers, Musicals stocks a vast array of new as well as second-hand CDs and DVDs. The stock at this Ipanema store is not restricted to any one genre; people of different musical tastes will be able to find their favorite albums here.