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Souvenir Shopping (Self Guided), Rio de Janeiro

It would be a pity to leave Rio de Janeiro without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Rio de Janeiro, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Brazil » Rio de Janeiro (See other walking tours in Rio de Janeiro)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Amsterdam Sauer, Copacabana
  • Gilson Martins
  • Bali Blue
  • Pão de Açucar
  • Mundo Verde
  • Blueman
  • Armazém do Café
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Amsterdam Sauer, Copacabana

1) Amsterdam Sauer, Copacabana

What to buy here: GEMSTONE CRAFTS: Precious stones and crafts made of them are a tantalizing option for those looking for something more sparkling and glamorous. Rio is a great place to go scavenging for gemstone objects, such as jewellery and decorative objects. Brazil is rich in minerals, inspiring artists to produce works that reflect the country’s natural exuberance and wealth. Feira Hippie de Ipanema, the art market in the heart of Ipanema, is a great destination to go hunting for gemstone crafts. It takes place at Praça General Osório every Sunday from 9am to 5pm. For a more upmarket – and expensive – range of wearable gem-based accessories, Amsterdam Sauer is a well-known destination. The first shop was inaugurated in 1953 inside the Copacabana Palace Hotel and their advertising campaigns feature famous Brazilian celebrities. The company has several shops, including one on Copacabana’s sea front at Av. Atlântica, 1782. Tel: (21) 2548.6029.

Gemstone crafts from Feira Hippie can be purchased from around $50 per piece, and it’s okay to haggle in Brazil’s markets. At Amsterdam Sauer, you’ll need deeper pockets. For example, a citrine and amethyst ring will set you back $2,650.
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Gilson Martins

2) Gilson Martins

What to buy here: GILSON MARTINS’ BAG: Designer Gilson Martins started his career in 1982 making bags for hip labels such as Company, Shop 126, Fabricato and Cantão. But a casual encounter with curator Sheila Lerner on an airplane in 1990 gave him the encouragement to pursue a more ambitious route and turn his creations into works of art. Three years later he started producing his sculpture-bags for which he has become well-known. Since then his work has traveled far and wide, having landed on Paris’ Galeries Lafayette and the Deutsche Bank expo in Berlin and Munich during the World Cup in 2006. He’s also created a range called Lixo Nobre (‘noble trash’) that incorporates recycling and social responsibility into the design. Bold, funky and imaginative, Gilson Martins makes fantastic gifts for design lovers. He keeps three shops in Rio, this one is in Copacabana (R. Figueiredo Magalhães, 304. Tel: (21) 3816.552. On average, GM bags cost around $100, or more, although some smaller items cost around $50.
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Bali Blue

3) Bali Blue

What to buy here: CANGA: Often sold by mobile vendors working Rio’s sandy strips, the canga, a beach towel that can double as a sarong, has become local postcard that comes in a variety of dazzling and colorful patterns. Inspired in the Balinese style, cangas have replaced beach towels since they are made in smoother, suppler fabrics such as viscose. Sometimes known as ‘saídas’, two of the most popular patterns pay homage to the Brazilian flag and the black and white slithering design of Rio’s stone promenades. If you go for the ones sold on the beach, they will cost between US$10 and US$15 and the quality is good. If you’d rather buy one from a shop, head to Bali Blue. In business since 1990, the brand is heavily inspired by Tropicalism and Brazil’s exuberant fauna and flora. It was founded by a former navy officer who upon visiting Bali for the first time, thought the Southeast Asian island’s style would travel well in laidback Rio. Address: Rua Santa Clara 33, Units 301/303. Tel: (21) 2256.8369. Open Mondays to Fridays from 9:30am to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.

Prices vary but the most simple patterns costs as little as $10.
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Pão de Açucar

4) Pão de Açucar

What to buy here: Brazil Nuts | Brazilian Coffee | Goiabada.

GOIABADA: A staple of the Brazilian table and the Portuguese-speaking world, goiabada is guava paste that’s been cooked down with sugar and a bit of pectin. It appeared in Brazil when Portuguese settlers decided to use guava as a substitute ingredient to make marmalade. Typically, goiabada is sold in round, flat cans and its firm consistency makes slicing easy. At more upmarket delicatessens they can be found in wooden containers shaped like a brick. One of the ways that Brazilians like to consume goiabada is by mixing it with cheese to accompany coffee. The best places to buy goiabada are supermarkets. They sell them cheap and offer a wide range of options. Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm and Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.
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Mundo Verde

5) Mundo Verde

What to buy here: GUARANA PRODUCTS: If you need an energy booster to cope with an action-packed holiday in Brazil, guarana is the answer. Not the soda drink you can get from any bar (although it is delicious), but the fruit and its derivatives which pack the double amount of caffeine compared with coffee beans. For this reason, guarana is a staple of health food stores where you can buy seeds that can be sucked on. It is also available as tincture, stick, punch mix, extract powder and even chewing gum. The plant has an important place in Brazilian indigenous culture, especially amongst the Tupi and Guarani peoples. The latter would make tea out of it by shelling, washing and drying the seeds. After that they would pound them into fine powder. Mundo Verde is health food chain that sells guarana products. One of the largest health food retailers, you can even find guarana pills (combined with açai berry), recommended to fight fatigue and raise energy levels. It has several branches in Rio including one on Ave Copacabana.

Prices start at $15.
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Blueman

6) Blueman

What to buy here: BEACHWEAR: Rio is famous for its iconic beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema and it’s only natural that fashion-conscious Brazilians would develop a flair for chic beachwear. The bikini arrived in Brazil in the 1950s on the bodies of local pin-ups, who pioneered it on the beach in front of the glamorous Cocapabana Palace Hotel. It didn’t take very long for the rest of Brazilian women to follow suit and adopt the two-piece beach outfit. The 1970s saw the introduction of the infamous low-waste ‘tanga’, which was a lot smaller than the traditional bikini. The 1980s saw many design innovations and the arrival of bolder colors. These days there is no single trend, although retro models seem to rule. The same apply for men, for whom trunks have become bigger, 1950s style. Blueman is the top brand for Rio beachwear and part and parcel of its history. Created in 1973 by David Azulay, it sells its ware at mid-range prices but shoppers can be sure to be taking home a quality product with great tailoring and fabulous patterns. Blueman makes beachwear for both men and women. It is found in many shopping malls as well as in the heart of Ipanema at R. Visconde de Pirajá, 351. Tel: (21) 2522.8673. Open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and Saturdays from 9am to 6pm.

Men’s beachwear starts at $60 while women’s beachwear prices start at around $100.
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Armazém do Café

7) Armazém do Café

What to buy here: COFFEE: Coffee is Brazil’s premiere hot drink. In fact, the country was built on the coffee business, which displaced gold and sugar cane as the main economic force in the country in the 18th century – it was labelled ‘green gold’ by farmers then. By the end of the 19th century, coffee accounted for 70% of Brazil’s exports. These days Brazil is responsible for 30% of the global coffee production. Café Pelé is one of the best known coffee brands, named after the country’s greatest soccer player. It can be bought at most high street supermarkets, but if you’re after more upmarket, organic coffee, Armazém do Café may be just the ticket. The four-store chain offers a range of coffee types named after musical genres such as samba and mambo. They have three branches in Ipanema, one of which is Rua Maria Quitéria, 77. Tel: (21) 2522.5039, open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 8:30pm, Saturdays 8:30am to 7pm and Sundays from 10am to 6pm. At the supermarket, prices start at $2. From finer merchants, $10.

Walking Tours in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Create Your Own Walk in Rio de Janeiro

Create Your Own Walk in Rio de Janeiro

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rio de Janeiro is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Rio de Janeiro Beach Walk

Rio de Janeiro Beach Walk

The Ipanema and Copacabana beaches are two of the main reasons Rio is so famous around the world. Take our self guided walking tour to discover these and more picturesque beaches and golden waterfront strips that will make for an unforgettable experience.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.0 Km or 5.6 Miles
Rio Landmarks Walking Tour

Rio Landmarks Walking Tour

Rio de Janeiro can proudly boast of a number of landmarks that will impress even the most well-travelled visitor. This huge city, rich in culture and history, offers marvelous scope for sightseeing. Here's our rundown of spots you should definitely visit during your time in Rio.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Rio's Remarkable Places of Worship Tour

Rio's Remarkable Places of Worship Tour

Take our self guided walking tour to discover the most remarkable cathedrals, churches and monasteries in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Even for a non-religious traveler these temples, both classic and modern, impress with their skill, creativity and devotion.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Rio Famous Museums Walk

Rio Famous Museums Walk

Rio de Janeiro is the perfect spot for visitors interested in cultural activities. As well as many great theaters and other cultural venues, Rio is home to more than 50 different museums. Take this tour to see the most important art museums in the city.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 Km or 4.3 Miles
Lapa Walk

Lapa Walk

Rio de Janeiro is rightly proud of its many impressive landmarks. This great city, rich in culture and history, has many fantastic sights for even the most experienced traveler. Take this tour of Lapa neighborhood - home to some fine examples in architecture and impressive historic landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Center Walk

Center Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles

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