Brasil & Cia is a store specialising in popular arts and crafts, located in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.
Me and my wife went for a walk in the neighborhood and we found the shop. We bought crafts made with fibres, and others made with wood. Our house is prettier now!
Rua Maria Quitéria, 27, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.
I’m a person who loves to bring souvenires for my parents when I go out of town. This time I went to Rio de Janeiro and found a really cute place called Brasil & Cia. I had a pretty good time there, picking some beautiful stuff. It’s a great store, with plenty of cute stuff.
Rua Maria Quitéria, 27 - Ipanema
I fell in love with this store at first glance, especially this big piece I saw parked against one of the walls: a huge leopard climbing a log, and I just had to have it. I didn't think I'd be able to buy it, since there was absolutely no chance I could take it back home with me due to its size. Fortunately, upon noticing my interest in the piece, she told me that they shipped internationally if necessary. I went through with it and the piece came through intact. Everyone who sees it in my living room looks at it intrigued and asks about it.
Rua Ipiranga, 55
Rio de Janeiro
A local craft/Brazilian art store in the heart of Ipanema, very close to the beach, in Rio de Janeiro. Everybody knows how rich with art and culture Brazil is, the weird thing is that it's very difficult to find a decent store, with no cheesy stuff, to buy for nice prices. Brazil & Cia products are selected among the largest crafts and popular art centers in Brazil. They have Brazilian popular art objects that reflect important aspects of the local culture. The products are exquisite, alive. Makes you want to buy it all, for your home and as souvenirs for relatives and friends.
Rua Maria Quitéria 27 Ipanema (50 m from the beach)
Tel.: +55 (21) 2267-4603
Jesus may have the best view of Rio, but the best vista of the City of Marvels - taking in Christo Redentor and the Sugarloaf - is to be had from the curvy entrance ramp to this early 90s masterpiece by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Across Guanabara Bay in Niteroi, depending on your sensibilities, the building looks like a morning glory blossoming in the sun or an alien spaceship perching on a promontory. Inside, its spiralling galleries and curvy walls are incredibly inviting, and the panoramic blue-on-blue view from the observation level is matchless.
Needless to say, none of the art on show can hold a candle to the structure itself.
Mirante da Boa Viagem, Niterói; www.macniteroi.com/
During the last weekend of July every year, a large number of the hundreds of painters, sculptors and craftsmen who live in Santa Teresa open the doors of their homes and ateliers to the public in order to show off their work. You can pick up some real bargains.
The organisers of tha Arte de Portas Abertas (roughly translated as Art Open House) provide a map of all the places you can visit and, like so many other occasions in Rio, it's an excuse for a weekend-long party for the residents of the borough and the 40,000-odd visitors.
Information in Portuguese can be found at www.chavemestra.com.br
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