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Freshly baked sweet and savory treats are the order of the day at this superior bakery in the pleasant residential neighborhood of Botafogo. From simple pao frances (French bread) to elaborate cakes and pastries, the goodies on offer are extremely hard to resist. Along with bakery products, Farinha Pura also stocks fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy products, as well as imported deli items that are hard to source elsewhere.
Located at the heart of downtown Rio's cultural corridor of museums and galleries, this unique cafe/second-hand store is a treasure trove of delights for anyone with an interest in vintage vinyl, books, film and photography. The cafe serves tasty Middle Eastern snacks and meals in a lively atmosphere. From Tuesday to Friday, the after-work happy hour at Al Farabi extends well into the evening, with a bohemian crowd gathering to eat, drink and generally make merry.
Cadeg is the municipal shopping market of Rio De Janeiro and is home to an array of different products and services. Located at a prime spot in the neighborhood of Benfica, this market is always abuzz with activity. Right from flowers and footwear, to grocery and clothing, you will find everything here. The innumerable services at the market include restaurants, bakeries, pharmacies, salons and bars. So if you are looking for some retail therapy and have prepared your mind to shop till you drop, then this market is a must visit.
Seeing the prices in drugstores and many clothing outlets, visitors to Rio can often be left wondering just how locals afford to look so good. Very often, the answer lies here in Uruguaiana. Mercado Popular da Uruguaiana is a vast space of interlocking market squares – some covered, some open air, selling everything from football shirts and sportswear to jewelery, cosmetics, and necessities such as deodorant and batteries. All are available at much cheaper prices than in the shops, but be aware, this is not a market aimed at tourists– don't venture here after dark, and keep your wallet out of sight.
Caçula in São Cristóvão is a part of its namesake regional chain. It is among the best stationery shops in the city. Their inventory includes fabrics, computer, drawing, painting, crafts and bazaar. From the normal stationary items for schools, offices and supplies like printers, mouses and web cams to decorative elements, this store has everything to encourage your creativity. Shop for fabric paints, lace, embroidery, textiles, ribbons, trimmings, linens, toys and more at this affable establishment. Ask their staff for guidance if you are flummoxed by the choices.
This is a new concept for bookstores in this city with a selection of more than 90,000 articles. It sells a lot more than books, including stationery and CD-ROMs. The selection of books is huge, especially imported hardcover and trade paperbacks in English. The music CD area is one of the best in town, especially for jazz and classical music, and boasts search facilities. The store has books, magazines, CD-ROMs and stationery on the first floor, with scanner terminals to display prices, and music CDs on the second floor, with audio booths for listening.
Sweet-toothed visitors to Rio's downtown shopping district should make a beeline for this German bakery, which specializes in oh-so-sweet treats. Somewhat predictably, apple strudel is the most requested item on the desserts menu, but there are plenty more cakes and pastries to choose from. The range of homemade breads, including traditional German black bread, is also very good, and there are some delicious savory pastries on the menu. Don't miss the opportunity to try the delicious empanadas - little pies stuffed with shrimp, meat or cheese.
Established in 1935, this traditional and successful bookstore is well-known for its excellent collection of rare books on art, culture, and natural history. They also have a selection of Brazilian and imported books on technology in general and agriculture. Despite being in the nervous city center, the atmosphere is calm and relaxing. Good customer service.
This music store in the heart of Downtown Rio is a favorite haunt of DJs and collectors, who head here in search of rare vinyl and other muso goodies. The store stocks CDs and music DVDs too, but the real appeal lies in the crackle and pop of those vintage discs. The store takes its name from the Tropicalia arts movement of the 1960s, which saw musicians, writers and filmakers work together to undermine the military dictatorship of the time through coded references. Many Tropicalia artists were exiled from Brazil during military rule, only to be lauded later in life. One exiled artist, Gilberto Gil, even went on to become Brazil's minister of culture. -Lucy Bryson
If the high prices at the stores in Rio's touristy Zona Sul have your head spinning, get off the beaten track and head for NorteShopping in the north of the city, where prices are far more down to earth. And after browsing for fashion bargains, shoppers can refuel at one of the many bars and restaurants in the mall's food court, before taking in a film at the in-center multiplex cinema or enjoying a spot of culture by taking in a show at the theater.
Lidador is a wine store housed in a traditional building in Rio. It was opened in 1924 by Antonio Cabral Guedes, and is still in the family, selling the same good-quality products. With more than a thousand items from 54 different countries, they have a wide choice of wines, liquor and gourmet products. They also make food baskets that make for interesting gifts. The family will also accept phone orders with free delivery throughout Rio.
Sociedade de Amigos das Adjacências da Rua da Alfândega, better known as SAARA, is a collection of over 600 stores encompassing Andradas, Passos, Alfândega and Buenos Aires streets, in addition to Praça da República. At this wonderfully vibrant market, frequented mostly by locals, one can find all manner of things at extremely reasonable rates. For a unique shopping experience in Rio, SAARA is the place to check out.