Quality Hotel Niteroi
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Phone: (55) 21 26199500
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The first large shopping center in Rio, it is one of the preferred shopping areas for tourists and locals alike. Located between the beaches and the city center, it has a large parking garage and is served by taxis and special buses that stop at all the hotels on the beachfront. There is an infinite variety of stores that sell everything from clothes and accessories to house ware, toys, CDs, souvenirs, books and electronics, including state-of-the-art home theatres and digital cameras. Scattered over its floors there are restaurants for all tastes and budgets, and fast-food places. Other services include beauty parlours, pharmacies, cinemas, a complete fitness centre, a travel agent, and a bank. While you take a break from shopping, enjoy one of the many events that take place here, like free concerts and book launches, or even pay a visit to Santa's grotto throughout December. There are some cash dispensers that will issue local currency for those who have an international credit card.
If you have a shoe fetish and can't get enough of them, then you should head to Mr. Cat. The collection of this brand is absolutely mind blowing. Colorful patterns and vivid colors make all their footwear look stylish. The brand has equal range for both men and women. The men's collection includes everything from loafers to slip-ons, whereas the women's range features stilettos to wedges. Go ahead and buy these beautiful pieces to match your favorite outfit.
This Oriental grocery store is a treasure trove of unusual and hard-to-source food items. Dried mushrooms can be bought in huge quantities at very low prices, while rice noodles, various types of tofu, and sushi ingredients are all available at prices far lower than other specialist food stores. Come to Mercearia Mei-Jo with time to spare, as the densely-packed shelves all offer up unexpected and unusual treats to those who spend a little time browsing. Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai treats can all be found in abundance, and the friendly staff are happy to let you take your time.
At Pão Francês Produtos Alimentícios, delicious fresh breads, pastries, cakes and cookies make perfect companions to a good strong espresso, and weary sightseers can take the weight off their feet by opting to enjoy their treats in the store. The breakfasts, served from 7a to 11a daily, are a treat as well, combining a hot drink, croissant, French bread, cheeses, meats and cake for under BRL20.
Located in the beautiful neighborhood of Botafago, this eight-story shopping center overlooks the Guanabara Bay. With over 170 stores, six screen cinema hall and three food courts, this shopping mall remains a favorite among locals and tourists alike. The mall is home to various brands of clothing, footwear, accessories and jewelry. Some of these stores include L'occitane, Emporio Body Store, La Folie, Arezzo and Aviator. The food court has restaurants like McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Montana Grill and Parme. With a plethora of opportunities to shop, eat and enjoy, this mall remains a hot destination for shoppers and foodies alike.
This artists' studio and store is a great place to pick up gifts with a difference. The design team uses photographs and other images to create unique pots and jars, mouse pads and other diverse knick knacks. If you don't see something to your taste, speak to one of the staff members and they will be able to put together something that will appeal. The members of the team at Atelier Novo Marco take great pride in their work, and the end results are of excellent quality. - Lucy Bryson
Founded by Anna and David Kopenhagen in 1928, Kopenhagen is a Brazilian institution to be reckoned with for its artisanal chocolates. Today it has many stores in the nation. Their shop on Rua Senador Dantas will tempt you with beautifully packaged sweet delights. From classics like Língua de Gato, Chumbinho ao Leite to Frutas Vermelhas and Bombom Nhá benta, their treats will surely give you chocolate nirvana. You can also buy gift packages for that special someone. Don't miss this chocolatier when in town.
Established in 1952, this is considered the best bookstore in town from which to purchase foreign books. The selection includes books in French, English, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Orders can also be made from a catalogue of over 70,000 books from France, Germany, Spain, England and Portugal. Poetry and music CDs are also available. As a result of its huge stock, the store is a bit packed. Nevertheless, it is not difficult to find what you want, and the staff is very helpful. There is now also a smaller store in Shopping da Gávea.
Lidador is a wine store housed in a traditional building in Rio. It was opened in 1924 by Antonio Cabral Guedes, and is still in the family, selling the same good-quality products. With more than a thousand items from 54 different countries, they have a wide choice of wines, liquor and gourmet products. They also make food baskets that make for interesting gifts. The family will also accept phone orders with free delivery throughout Rio.
Shopping Avenida Central is located in the iconic Edificio Avenida Central, a famous commercial skyscraper built in 1961. This shopping center has a large concentration of electronics and computer shops though it does have fashion, sports, bookstores and appliances as well. Locals throng here for products related to technology which are relatively cheaper than other malls. Make a pit stop at their on-site restaurants before or after shopping.
Rio de Janeiro is a huge city and so are its shopping centers. Shopping Cidade Coacabana counts among the city's best. With more than 250 stores covering threee floors everybody can find what they're looking for. The majority of the shopping center is comprised of antique shops You can never waste a moment here, as it's open 24 hours. This shopping center will suit all your needs, day and night. It is the main attraction for collectors of international and national art of all kind because of its many art and antique stores. Many tourists frequent the mall and haggle with the store owners to get the best deals.
Situated in Copacabana, Santa Clara 33 is a shopping center that houses as many as 200 factory outlets. Named for the street on which it is located, this center is known mostly for beachwear and fitness clothing. Maria Moda and Bebê Carioca are two of the stores located here.