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A Souvenir from Copacabana

Two parallel streets, two very different shopping experiences

This is Río de Janeiro's tourist epicentre, with two large streets where you can do some shopping. The first is Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, which runs parallel to the promenade. The shops on this street are, for the most part, where the locals go about their daily lives. On the other hand, Barata Ribeiro Street is where you can find traditional shops, with tourists buying last-minute presents and souvenirs before they leave. On Avenida Nossa Senhora, the hotels share the street with supermarkets and pharmacies, as well as shops selling clothes and crafts from around the country. As you would expect, there is a large selection of beach products and swimwear available to buy here. This is why shop windows are filled with traditional Brazilian flip flops, bathing suits, sarongs, sun hats and all kinds of surfing equipment. Replacing your summer beach wardrobe couldn't be easier in Copacabana, as there are stalls full of bikinis on almost every street.

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