Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Centro & Cinelândia


One of Rio's best new handicraft stores stocks an exquisite collection of pieces from every corner of Brazil. You'll find ceramics with pre-Columbian imagery found in the Serra da Capivara, lovely eco-jewelry made o…
Cosmetics in Centro & Cinelândia


A classic-looking apothecary with a name that's been around since 1870, Granado incorporates Brazilian ingredients in its all-natural products. Favorites include the Castanha do Brasil line of moisturizers, shampoos…
Homewares in Centro & Cinelândia

Loja Novo Desenho

Inside the Museu de Arte do Rio, this 'Store of New Design' sells fanciful objects that are pure eye candy. Some of Rio's best modern designs are here (created by some of the country's best industrial designers). An…
Books in Centro & Cinelândia

Livraria da Travessa

Livraria da Travessa offers a peaceful refuge from the people-packed sidewalks out front. There are some books in English, and an array of colorful (but pricey) coffee-table books. There's also a small cafe-restaura…
Arts & Crafts in Centro & Cinelândia

Casa Naara

This upstairs shop has loads of character, with original paintings, carved wooden folk art, artfully bound blank books, coffee from small producers and other curiosities for sale. There's a small cafe on-site, and C…
Music in Centro & Cinelândia


Berinjela is a fine place to hunt for old records and classic samba CDs, and there's also a selection of used books (though only a handful in English). It's hidden in a small shopping center, down a spiral ramp.
Jewelry in Centro & Cinelândia


This small, colorful shop sells chunky, eye-catching necklaces and earrings, along with picture frames and minimalist forms of Pão de Açúcar and Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer). All items are made of resin and…
Music in Centro & Cinelândia


One of several excellent music shops on Rua da Carioca, Pleidisco sells all the pieces that make up the rhythm section of Carnaval baterias (percussion sections). Unique souvenirs for the musically minded include ca…
Books in Centro & Cinelândia


Bossa nova plays overhead at this charming cafe, bookstore and music shop. As well as new books (including a few eye-catching photo books on Rio), Arlequim sells CDs and a few LPs covering bossa, samba and other sty…
Books in Centro & Cinelândia

Nova Livraria Leonardo da Vinci

Boasting one of Rio's best foreign-language book collections, da Vinci also has a wide range of art and photography books, as well as coffee-table books covering Rio's history and architecture. It's one floor down; …