Mar 28, 2009

Where to shop in Ipanema according to A Small World

Ever since joining ASW - A Small World, sort of like a more exclusive Facebook - I've been loving their online magazines. Recently, they did a piece on Rio that was spot on. They suggested hitting the beach at Posto 9, in Ipanema, and eating at Fasano Al Mare, Sushi Leblon, Gero and Porcão. I would recommend pretty much the same. And on and on: the right hotels, the right spots to see in Santa Teresa, etc. (for my own tips of where to eat and sleep in Rio, click here) I thought I'd quote below their shopping tips - alas, boutiques and such are not my forte! - so I thought you and I could take note... Here it goes:

"Ipanema is the place to capitalise on Rio's fashion trends. Within a ten-block radius you'll find everything from fabulous leather goods to chic beachwear (yes, there's such a thing). Lenny, a local favourite, has exquisite bikinis. At Mara Mac you can pick up classically beautiful bags and shoes, while Gilson Martins offers funkier purses and wallets. Check out PL BIS for chic-yet-edgy clothes and don't miss the racks of colourful dresses at Tessuti, or Forum's flagship store on Rua
Barão da Torre. For gifts, stop by Papel Craft and pick up one of the hand-painted boxes. And stroll through the Feira Hippie on Sundays in Ipanema to enjoy the arts and crafts. "

Lenny, Rua Garcia d'Avila 149, Ipanema, Tel,: +55 21 2227 5537

Mara Mac, Rua Visconde de Pirajá 365, Ipanema, Tel: +55 21 3202 1038

Gilson Martins, Rua Visconde de Pirajá 462, Ipanema, Tel: +55 21 3816 0552

PL BIS, Rua Garcia d'Avila 147B, Ipanema, Tel: +55 21 3202 2684

Tessuti, Rua Garcia d'Ávila 134, Ipanema, Tel: +55 21 2227 1008

Forum, Rua Barão da Torre 422, Ipanema Tel: +55 21 2521 7415

Papel Craft, Visconde de Pirajá, Ipanema, Tel: +55 21 2239 6347

Feira Hippie, Praça General Osório, Ipanema (intersection of Rua Teixeira de Melo and Rua Visconde de Pirajá) Sundays, 9am to 6pm

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