The markets across Rio de Janeiro provide some of the best spots to pick up unique and hand-crafted accessories at great prices, with jewelry, bags and headpieces mixing the handcrafted look with Brazilian artistic flair. For those that love accessories, check out our guide to some of Rio’s best markets for picking up one-of-a-kind pieces that make great fashion additions or beautiful souvenirs.
Rio Fashion Day Clube do Botafogo
Located next to the Botafogo football club, this fashion day joins together some of the best and new fashion designers all under one roof in a lively whirlwind of boutique-style stalls. The prices are reasonable so you can splurge without the overspending guilt. This fashion market attracts some of the best designers in accessories.
For jewelry, look for the handmade chunky wooden pieces that are polished and smoothed into beautiful swirls that resonate so well with Rio’s natural yet urban vibe. There are also several hand stitched fabric bags that are perfect for beach days, especially with their Rio motifs. The days and times are sporadic so check out their Facebook page for dates.
Hippie Fair Ipanema
The most well-known and popular market in the south zone of Rio is undoubtedly the Hippie Fair in Ipanema that takes place every Sunday in praca General Osorio from the morning until the evening. It has a ton of fantastic and unique accessories that are perfect for souvenirs or as fashion statements. Keep an eye out for the silver pieces of jewellery. Made with real silver, the necklaces, earrings and bracelets are delicately carved into intricate shapes and patterns before being decorated with eye-catching gemstones. However you feel about snakes, the serpent-shaped rings are detailed and pretty. Handmade straw hats make a stylish and practical addition for when you’re at the beach.
Copacabana night market
Held every night from 6pm until around 10pm in Copacabana near to Posto 5, the Copacabana night market attracts dozens of stalls which make fantastic souvenir options as well as a great place to pick up wonderful Brazilian accessories. Small and intimate, the market is friendly and with helpful stall-owners. Here, there are plenty of beautiful accessories for your home with artwork, jeweled mirrors and hanging ornaments everywhere, most of them with some tie to Rio or Brazil. The thing to look out for here are the jeweled metal rings and gemstone earrings that are cheap yet with a high-quality look. Also, keep an eye on the leather bags that are perfect for a night out with carefully hand stitched details.
Babilonia Feira Hype
This huge market varies in location and days so a trip to their website is a must to know when the next one will be. Babilonia Feira gathers together some of the best and new designers in art, fashion, gastronomy and handicrafts to provide a unique shopping experience that helps uncover fantastic new styles. Here, they have accessories in abundance from bags and hats to all kinds of jewelry. Look out for new, young designers that are just starting out and have yet to get a major foothold in the market. Their jewelry tends to be beautiful and is just a network away from being big business. It’s a great chance to get jewelry cheap that would otherwise be expensive in the shops.
Feira de São Cristóvão
Rio’s largest market is obviously going to be the perfect place for accessory shopping. The market has a flavor of the northeast of Brazil and the accessories reflect this culture and style. Think bright colors, big pieces and with that gorgeous handcrafted look. The wooden jewellery is flawless here with big gemstones and statement earrings. For a wide variety of colored headscarves, Feira de São Cristóvão is the place to go with tropical colors and floral patterns being the most popular. Beaded bags are delicate yet stand out for their colors and exotic patterns. Prices are relatively cheap so you can pick up a lot of things, even on a small budget.