Eu Amo

Tucked away in the center of Rio in the charming hilltop village of Santa Teresa (see "sights") is a super-groovy, super-chic and super-charming little vintage store with the name Eu Amo Vintage, and indeed "Eu amo."  ("Eu amo" means "I love you," in Brazilian Portuguese.)

"As an avid vintage shopper for over 30 years, I seldom find a vintage store that gets it all correct," says drifter Dougee.  Eu Amo is literally busting at the seams with great '60s and '70s clothing and atmosphere.  (Check out that impressive collection of vintage VOGUE an OUI magazines!)

While new and emerging fashion designers reconstruct vintage clothes and fabrics for sale (on-site), this just may be the place to find that elusive pair of groovy '70s flares.  Or how about an exquisite designer '60s dress?  At Eu Amo, they are organized by color!  (It is worth mentioning that the store also carries a vast array of darling accessories such as hats, purses and sunglasses!)

While the emphasis is on women's clothing, Eu Amo is a great place to visit if you are a girl or a boy who appreciates eclectic vintage clothing and styling.  A fair price ultimately seals the deal!  Happy Shopping!  The boutique is open Monday - Saturday from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Eu Amo - Rua Monte Alegre, 374-Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, 011 (55) 21 22212855

Sigueira Campos Antique Mall

Most travelers would agree that taking in a round of local shopping often makes for a highlight of any trip.  Luckily for us, while in Rio, our good friend Dudu steered us in the right direction.  He knew we had a love of perusing vinyl LP's, groovy vintage clothing and furniture.  Therefore, during a mid-afternoon downpour, we set out to the Siqueira Campos Mall located in walking distance from our hotel in Copacabana.

The Siqueira Campos Mall is one of the first ever constructed in Rio.  What we loved about this market most was its diversity.  On the ground floor, there were a variety of stores selling useful every-day objects, yet as we went up    to the higher levels, we realized that this was ultimately the place for us.  Here, overwhelming amounts of fantastic vintage furnishings from the '60s and '70s occupy many of the stores.  Used vinyl records and great vintage clothing encompassed the racks, shelves and bins of many others.  To be honest, it was a lot to take in!

The clincher of the Siqueira Campos Mall was the fact you could take a break from the thrifting and get a strong cappuccino from a very chic little cafe in the center of the mall.  They also featured yummy coxinha (officially our favorite snack of Brazil)!  One individual store worth mentioning is De Salto Alto, a fantastic vintage shop packed with clothing, rare records and oddball objects of yore from the late '50s to the '80s.  The owner speaks English quite well so if  you have any questions, feel free to ask.  De Salto Alto even had turntables available to preview your vinyl purchases, and with many records coming in at 50 cents an LP, make sure you save some time for review!  Remember, those suckers are heavy to bring back in your luggage!

De Salto Alto at Siqueira Campos Antique Mall - Rua Siqueira Campos 143 SI.44, Rio de Janeiro, 011 (55) 21 2236 2589