If you prefer to visit a shopping centre for your souvenirs, here you will find a huge space with all types of shops
Shopping in Río
On this side of the Atlantic, Botafogo is known as Río de Janeiro's shopping epicentre, with huge complexes of shops and restaurants. Although the neighbourhood is predominantly a residential area, its coastline is also home to three large shopping centres, which are open throughout the day and well into the night. The first of these is Botafogo Praia Shopping (www.botafogopraiashopping.com.br), on Avenida Praia de Botafogo. Here you can find everything from sophisticated costume jewellery to fast food restaurants, although most of the centre is made up of clothes shops. After you finish shopping, take a saunter up to its rooftop terrace, where you can enjoy a drink whilst admiring some spectacular views of Sugarloaf Mountain in the distance. A little further south, on Avenida Lauro, you will find Botafogo Plaza Shopping, a more exclusive complex with restaurant chains and clothing stores boasting international brands. Approximately 200 metres from here, on Lauro Müller Street, sits one of the city's oldest shopping centres: Rio Sul Shopping (www.riosul.com.br). You can buy practically everything in this centre, and can even drop the kids off at Cidade Animasom, where they can play whilst you enjoy your shopping.