Local or foreign brands, from the best deals to the very expensive, in Rio you find it all. The large shopping-centers make shopping easy – besides offering services, gastronomy, cinemas and theaters –, but the street commerce adds local color to the program.

In the mild June temperature, a careless walk through Gávea, Ipanema and Leblon, or even Downtown and Copacabana may be a treat.

If you like a hippie fair, remember to stop by at Praça General Osório, Ipanema, on Sundays where there are a lot of interesting things.

And if you are in an apartment and have to buy fruits and vegetables, forget the supermarket and go to the street markets. Get information from your building’s doorman. He will direct you to the nearest street market in which you will find good products and a very friendly environment.