This famous fair was set up in the 1960s by a group of local hippies who were looking for a regular place to sell their handicrafts to tourists and locals. As the years passed by, more and more people joined in, until it reached the established and regular outdoor fair that it is today. Held every Sunday for well over six decades, Ipanema's 'Feira Hippie' is a real Rio institution. The name 'hippie fair' may conjure up images of flowing kaftans and incense sticks, but this colorful market, held in Ipanema each Sunday for some 60-plus years, is in fact a great place to pick up everything from local arts and crafts to fashion finds. Set aside a good few hours to browse all the stalls and don't be afraid to bargain with sellers - you can often bag a bargain if you buy more than one item from the same stall. Eagle-eyed shoppers will be able to find everything from vintage designer shades to hand-made dresses in funky fabrics.
The Feira de Arte de Ipanema (more commonly known as the Hippie Fair) is the most well-known and popular street market in the south zone of the city. Stalls of various goodies are set up every Sunday around the perimeter of Praça General Osório (General Osório Square), while the center of the square is reserved for artists selling much larger canvases and artworks. For unique souvenirs, there is no better place in Rio to go.Here you can find clothes, Sandals And Swimwear: Whilst not a key feature at the fair, the clothes there are quirky, fun and fashionable. There are various types of more alternative clothing, such as floaty dresses and gypsy-style tees, as well as contemporary t-shirts and tops that make unique pieces for a casual day time look or dressed-up for going out. Some stalls make leather items such as little shoulder bags and strappy sandals, which certainly have an edgy over regular flip-flops. There are also plenty of traditional Brazilian-style bikinis to take home as a memoir or use on the beach, or try a handmade crochet bikini – the tops are versatile and can be worn both on and off the beach.Jewelry: Most of the jewelry at the Hippie Fair is hand-made, offering one-of-a-kind pieces in various styles. There are some of pure silver with beautiful gemstones, others made of black leather straps with metal or wooden trinkets, and some purely wooden designs. Most of the jewelry stalls have everything from necklaces, bracelets, earrings, anklets and charms to add to your own chain.Artwork: There is a bounty of artwork available at the Hippie Fair, from oils to watercolors, realist to abstract, and many of them depict images of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro. The ones painted on cloth-like fabrics are easier to toll up and pop in a suitcase, while larger canvases are a bit more tricky to transport. There are also various ceramic figurines of typical Bahian imagery, as well as lace and embroidery. Hammocks are popular at the market and can make an unusual and comfortable addition to the home or garden. There are also other furniture pieces, such as wooden chairs and tables, all beautifully and skillfully handcrafted into novel pieces.Must-Try Food: At each corner of the park are food stalls, with many selling typical Bahian food. • RECOMMENDED AS BEST SHOPPING BECAUSE: The Hippie Fair is a wonderful place to encounter Ipanema´s artistic side. • BEST FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING BECAUSE: The Hippie Fair is packed with stalls selling arts, crafts and clothing, all of which make great Christmas gifts. • BEST FOR IPANEMA'S BEST SHOPPING BECAUSE: A visit to the legendary hippie fair is practically obligatory for keen shoppers visiting Rio.