Le­blon

LUXE City Guides - Rio de Janeiro - - Shopping Itineraries -

Le­blon is Rio’s most up­mar­ket area and fash set strong­hold, and Rua Dias Fer­reira is its puls­ing retail artery. Start at the quirky, colour­ful Poeira at Rua Dias Fer­reira, 480 (see Stand. Stores) for Mónica’s cu­rated cache of furny and dé­cor plus in-house la­bel, then exit left and cross to find the Ed­i­fi­cio Ar­gu­mento (see Stand. Stores) at #417, fronted by Livraria Ar­gu­mento (which hides sunny Café Sev­erino should you need a for­ti­fy­ing coffee). Ready to get spendy, Wendy? Exit and im­me­di­ate left to the stairs be­side the book­shop, hot­foot to the top, and be­hold a slew of fab finds like Pa­trí­cia Vieira (see Adv. Shop­ping) on the 4/F / shop 401 / with an ex­quis­ite col­lec­tion of leather and suede w/wear, and Marcela B / shop 405 / 2274 6927 / marce­lab.com / for sophisty-whim­si­cal stil­lies and sandals. The 3/F is home to hand­made ce­ram­ics by Denise Ste­wart / 2294 4698 / denis­es­tew­art.com.br / and embroidered linens at Ar­re­mate / 2259 3247 / ateliear­re­mate.com.br / both at shop 306, with art space Mul­ti­plo show­ing con­tempo works on the 2/F / shop 206 / 2259 1952 / mul­ti­ploes­pa­coarte.com.br. Exit the build­ing right and cross. On the left cnr with Rua Gen­eral Ar­ti­gas spy the dreamy Granado phar­macy at #470a (see Stand­out Stores) with sig­na­ture Brazil­ian-made soaps, lo­tions n’ po­tions plus the ul­tra-lush Phebo line of cos­met­ics, fra­grance and skin­care. Exit and con­tinue down Dias Fer­reira, where grumbly tums and grumpy hubs can be sated (or se­dated): scene-tas­tic Sushi Le­blon at #256 slices up ace aquatic life; Brig­ite’s across at #247a is a chic Ital­ian haven; and next door Zuka at #233b (see Rest./Smart for all three) serves edgy int’l bites. Carry on, and #242 Eliane Car­valho / 2540 5438 / is a vin­tage shop worth a rum­mage for its se­lec­tion of hats and tur­bans. Am­ble on and re­fuel with a scoop of creamy, hips-be­damned good­ness at #147 Momo Gelato (see Coffee). Okay, now cross over to #116a Felipa / 3114 6408 / felipa.com.br / flog­ging lovely, lo­cally-made es­padrilles for ladies, then skip along an­other cou­ple blocks un­til you reach the unas­sum­ing façade of Palm Beach at #64 (see Stand. Stores), a for­mer res­i­den­tial com­plex turned show­room col­lec­tive. Un­less it’s Sun­day, don’t be put off by closed doors – knock to en­ter Adri­ana Barra / shop 101 / 2512 3320 / adri­an­abarra.com.br / with dresses in vi­brant prints dou­bling as fab­rics for the home; Je­nesse­quá / shop 307 / 3251 8838 / je­nesse­qua.com.br / for high-sty­ley sport and loungewear; and next door Vil­lage Vin­tage / shop 305 / 98085 8558 / for pre-loved bags and ac­ces­sories from Chanel, Proenza Schouler et al., plus own-brand se­quined party dresses. Slip into sweet gal gear at Livia Lima / shop 203 / 2523 5273 / livi­al­ima.com.br, layer on chunky jew­els at BOHÖ Ourivesaria / shop 208 / 3576 1370 / bo­ho­joias.com.br, and ca­ress Ti­betan-in­spired fab­rics and car­pets at Square Foot by Lina Mi­randa / shop 306 / 3117 3472 / square­foot. com.br. More? Oh, go on then! Hop in a cab for fur­ther dol­lar dam­age at nearby Shop­ping Le­blon and Rio De­sign Mall, or if your fash haul is com­plete, exit left and ei­ther plop down at #64 PIPO (see Rest./Re­laxed) for a scrump­tious slider and caipir­inha, or guz­zle down a ne­groni at #48 Stuzzi / 2274 4017. Gold medal shop­per!

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