Is this a "shopping post"? Are there interesting handicrafts, artwork, antiques, or other items that people typically buy there?

No, items are expensive and not much that is appealing for purchase. Some gemstones if you travel inland. - Oct 2019

Not particularly, there are markets along the beach and the "Hippie Fair" in Ipanema on Sundays is renowned. - Apr 2019

There's a bit of art, handicrafts, and interesting furniture, but it is generally mediocre and expensive. Your best bets may be soapstone cookware, handmade jewelry, naive paintings, leather items, and old furniture. - Jun 2017

Bikinis. - Aug 2013

Internal travel: Ouro Preto, Foz, Tiradentes, Sao Luis, the options are amazing. - Jun 2011

Art, hammocks and gemstones. - Jul 2010

Living in the expensive part of town, souvenirs from the hippie fair, art, expensive travel to other cool in-Brazil destinations, children and teacher (and janitor and secretary and librarian) fancy birthday presents for anyone who sees your child at school on a regular basis, after-school activities for your kids, good restaurants, Carnival parade and ball tickets/costumes. - Jun 2010

Samba CDs. - Jan 2009

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