If your style is more 'hippie', you can't miss this street market in the middle of Ipanema
An alternative street market
There are two obvious signs that Río de Janeiro is a city of great contrasts. The first are the favelas surrounding city, in contrast to the huge skyscrapers in the centre. The second is in Ipanema, with the luxurious shops on Visconde de Pirajá Street at one end, and the hippie fair, held every Sunday in General Osório Square, on the other. Also known as the antiques market, it was established at the end of the 1960s, and it is surprising that it has survived the city's spectacular growth in recent years. Yet every week, it is filled with inquisitive shoppers exploring its makeshift stalls, where they can find countless handicrafts from different parts of the country. It sells practically everything, especially if you're looking for something connected to the classical hippie aesthetics of the 70s, and is filled with a varied and colourful collection of clothes, necklaces and handmade bracelets. These days, the most popular products are hammocks and leather poufs, some of which are truly innovative in design.
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