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Shopping in Rio may not be the smartest use of your time, as things tend to be overpriced and the quality not as good as what you’ll find in other destinations. If you must pick up the latest in Brazilian trends, Leblon is the hub of shopping in Rio. At Shopping Leblon, a large, high-end mall in the upscale neighborhood of Leblon, you can find the best of Brazilian fashion. The streets that run along Leblon and Ipanema are also teeming with alluring boutiques.
If it's souvenirs you're after, visit the Hippie Market in General Osorio Square, right outside the Ipanema Metro station. Artisans of everything from woodwork to jewelry to bags fill the square every weekend, along with purveyors of the usual souvenier fare — cangas (Brazilian sarongs), t-shirts, and sandals. There are also several talented painters who set up shop in the square. An original painting of scenes from around Rio is a great way to take a piece of paradise home with you.