One of Latin America's largest shopping centers, BarraShopping features a seemingly endless variety of stores for all tastes and budgets, as well as restaurants and fast-food shops. It also holds an extremely modern medical center with a panoramic lift, a business center, an external monorail that runs the entire length of the shopping center, an indoor amusement park, cinemas and a bowling area. You can find anything you need in the stores at BarraShopping.
The first large shopping center in Rio, it is one of the preferred shopping areas for tourists and locals alike. Located between the beaches and the city center, it has a large parking garage and is served by taxis and special buses that stop at all the hotels on the beachfront. There is an infinite variety of stores that sell everything from clothes and accessories to house ware, toys, CDs, souvenirs, books and electronics, including state-of-the-art home theatres and digital cameras. Scattered over its floors there are restaurants for all tastes and budgets, and fast-food places. Other services include beauty parlours, pharmacies, cinemas, a complete fitness centre, a travel agent, and a bank. While you take a break from shopping, enjoy one of the many events that take place here, like free concerts and book launches, or even pay a visit to Santa's grotto throughout December. There are some cash dispensers that will issue local currency for those who have an international credit card.
Standing in the heart of Leblon, the sprawling Shopping Leblon offers a complete shopping experience under one roof. From designer fashion brands like Chanel and Ferragamo to the best in home decor and accessories, the mall's 200 boutiques cater to a large audience. Head to the food court for an excellent array of restaurants and food stalls. With a four-screen cinema, as well as a very popular theater located within the mall, there's no excuse to be bored. The mall's food court remains open till late. Check website for more information.
Since the late 1960s, at the peak of the hippie movement, this huge outdoor market has been selling everything from handicrafts, silver jewelry, paintings, furniture and sculptures, to old clothes and typical regional food from the North and Northeast of the country. Occasionally you can spot a famous artist mingling in the crowd, which is made up mostly by tourists, especially foreign. It is not hard to find an English or French-speaking salesperson.
Cantao is a brand that is synonymous with elegance, vibrancy and color. Started in 1967 by Leila Baretto and Peter Simon, this women's brand has come a long way. Without losing its essence and ethnicity, the brand has improved every year. Perfect fit jeans, maxi gowns, cute printed summer dresses, bikinis, shoes and accessories - you name it and you will find it here. The spectacular collection that they come up with has landed them into Fashion Rio where they have been showcasing since 2005. With over 44 stores in Brazil and branches in Spain, Australia, USA, Portugal, UAE and Japan, Cantao is a favorite among women worldwide.
Established in 1961, Elle et Lui is a luxury brand with outlets across the country. Their forte is comfortable yet stylish clothing for men and women. However, some of their outlets also showcase furniture and home decor pieces. Their clothing line is absolutely comfortable and chic at the same time. Polos, jeans and shirts for men, and casual knitwear and tricots for women are all included in the collection they are known for. Drop by their store and choose from the subtle yet stylish selection.