Ipanema

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Though it’s but blocks from the beach, best leave your ‘kini at home for this itin. Be­gin at trad book­shop Livraria da Travessa / Rua Vis­conde de Pi­rajá, 572 (see V. Use­ful) / with a java jolt at the vi­brant Baz­zar Café up­stairs. En­er­gised? Good. Exit left, pass­ing Brazil­ian jew­ellery be­he­moth H. Stern to turn left onto Rua Gar­cia d’Avila, with more fine gold bi­joux by Le­blon-born An­to­nio Bernardo at #121 / 2512 7204 / an­to­niobernard­o.com.br. Ladies, dart across to #130 for stiletto leg­end Schutz / 2512 4141 / schutz.com, packed with rain­bow-hued foot candy. Fur­ther along spy tapas spot ¡ Venga! (see Rest./Re­laxed) at #147b, be­side sty­ley surfer mens’ den Fox­ton Ipanema at #147a / 3202 2692 / fox­ton­brasil.com.br. Next, dis­cover graphic re­sortwear (w) at #149a Lenny Niemeyer / 2227 5537 / lennynieme­yer.com, just next door to di­vine sweet box Choco­late Q at #149b (see Stand­out Stores). Exit and skip straight over the road onto Rua Re­den­tor for mid-cen­tury mod mecca Arquivo Con­tem­porâ­neo at #147 (see Adv. Shop­ping). Now re­trace two blocks back on Gar­cia d’Avila, cross­ing Pi­rajá again to find Casa Ipanema at #77 / 3122 1888 / san­daliasi­panema.com.br / the con­cept flip-flop flag­ship and arch-ri­val of Hava­ianas; duck up­stairs to cus­tomise with prints, straps and charms. Cute! Exit back to Pi­rajá, turn right and cross for funky Rio-in­spired lug­gage and life­style bits at #462b Gil­son Mar­tins / 2227 6178 / gilson­martins.com.br. Note all-rounder medi-spa AmaDerm across at #433 (see Spa) should you need a quick pick-me-up, and casj day-to-night w/wear brand Eva at #430 / 2227 2138 / useeva.com. Now, op­tions: on the next block are a few stand­out shop­por­tu­ni­ties, incl. the showy, oh-so-Rio Farm la­bel at #365, be­side the Shop­ping Fórum Ipanema which homes jew­eller So­bral (see Stand­out Stores for both), and bi­jou bag lady Glor­inha Paranaguá (see Adv. Shop.). Oth­er­wise, turn right at the next cnr into Maria Quitéria for street tog spe­cial­ist Home­grown at #68 / 2513 2160 / home­grown.com.br. Re­trace and cross Pi­rajá once more to Reserva at #77 / 2247 5980 / usereserva.com / the menswear equal of Eva. Exit left and a few doors down is Osklen at #85 / 2227 2911 / osklen.com, the flag­ship of Brazil’s celebrity de­signer Oskar Met­savaht, with a spe­cial range of sport-chic m/w fash. Gents, if preppy is more your style, then #95 Richards / 2522 1245 / richards.com.br / should fit the bill with po­los and bermu­das aplenty, while next door Red­ley at #99 / 2267 1573 / red­ley.com.br / is a truly Car­i­oca surf and skate hub. Hang a left at the next cor­ner into Rua Barão da Torre for Fo­rum Tufi Duek at #422 / 2267 2487 / tu­fiduek.com.br, with sexy ur­ban w/wear pieces that have clad the likes of su­per­model Is­abeli Fon­tana. Re­trace left onto Maria Quitéria again and spy side­walk charmer Com­plex Esquina 111 (see Bars) at #111 for later. Next right into Rua Re­den­tor and a block along is a strip of top nest-feath­er­ers, incl. dé­cor dolly Novo Am­bi­ente at #4 / 2513 2255 / novoam­bi­ente.com, and wall­pa­per n’ fab­rics trove Es­paço Or­lean on the cnr at Rua Joana Angélica, 161 / 2287 8999 / or­lean.com.br. Finito! Skip right on Joana Angélica two blocks to #40 Zazá Bistro Trop­i­cal (see Rest./Re­laxed) for a co­conut cock­tail and fu­sion bites. Boa, gat­inha!

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