Where to Splurge

Look­ing for a sou­venir that car­ries a bit more cul­tural ca­chet than a key ring? Set aside some time for brows­ing at these Rio bou­tiques

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mer­cado mod­erno The gold stan­dard in Brazil­ian de­sign since the 1940s, Mer­cado Mod­erno (above) is an essential stop in Centro for any­one in­ter­ested in mod­ernist fur­ni­ture and mas­ters such as Joaquim Ten­reiro, Sér­gio Rodrigues, Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi and José Za­nine Cal­das. Look out, too, for stun­ning pieces by Rio’s bril­liant new guard.


Granado The clas­sic brand of Brazil­ian toi­letries was founded in this su­perb old phar­macy in Centro in 1870. Granado also snapped up the 1930s her­itage brand Phebo in 2004 and gave new life to a line of eaux de cologne that had long been serv­ing Rio’s finest ladies. If you only buy one thing, make it the Car­i­oca range of liq­uid soap, lo­tion and as­sorted unguents—the spirit of Rio in a bot­tle.


Is­abela Capeto Is­abela Capeto cap­tures Rio’s bo­hemian heart and serves it up in the form of beau­ti­fully wear­able gar­ments, in­clud­ing floaty but struc­tured dresses, with a to­tally trop­i­cal, hand­made feel, plus a range for chil­dren aged from four to 10. Her bou­tique is in Horto.


an­to­nio Bernardo As con­sis­tently creative and ex­cit­ing as they are lav­ish and luxe, An­to­nio Bernardo’s ex­quis­ite gold trea­sures beg to be seen, ad­mired and pos­sessed. The bou­tique is in Ipanema.


Ga­le­ria Inox This won­der­ful gallery in Copaca­bana jug­gles a deft mix of hot new tal­ent and solidly cu­rated clas­sic Brazil­ian art. Look for edgy work by São Paulo’s Alexan­dre Orion, and Span­ish painter Xevi Solà’s hy­per-real, hyp­not­i­cally trans­fix­ing por­traits.


adri­ana De­greas Worn by the likes of Poppy Delev­ingne and Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio, the itsy bitsy biki­nis and other lux­ury beach­wear of this home­grown brand (be­low) have a jet-set fol­low­ing.


pa­tri­cia Viera The lo­cal fash­ion de­signer, whose bou­tique is in Le­blon, cre­ates in­cred­i­bly fem­i­nine silhouettes in bright, pat­terned and em­bel­lished leathers.


Cassino atlân­tico This four-floor shop­ping mall be­side the Sof­i­tel in Copaca­bana is an Aladdin’s cave of an­tiques, art and col­lectibles.

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