If you’re going to be in Rio on a Sunday, make sure you visit the Hippie Market in Ipanema. It runs from about 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening in the Praca General Osario. The Praça General Osório takes up an entire city block, bordered by the major streets Rua Visconde de Piraja and Rua Prudente de Morais. The smaller Rua Teixeira de Melo and Rua Jangadeiros, run to Ipanema beach and enclose Praça General Osório on its north and south sides. It’s located in the northern section of Ipanema, two blocks from the beach, and pretty close to the southern end of Copacabana Beach.
You can spend hours just wandering among the stalls and enjoying the wares without ever buying. It’s more fun to buy, of course, but simply being there is a treat for the eyes!
You’ll find a great variety of stuff from cheap and cheesy to artsy crafty. If you like these types of markets, then plan on spending half a day browsing. There are other, perhaps better, fairs to be found around the world, but the Hippie Faire in Rio is simply fun.
True, there is some standard tourist stuff (tchotchkes, t-shirts, etc), but a good portion of the wares seem to be handmade crafts (leather, wood, jewelry) and art.
Woody bought a beautiful oil painting of Rio from one of the talented artists there. There is naive art, abstract art, souvenir art (scenes of Rio, etc.), sculpture, wood carving — something for a variety of tastes and very affordable.
Plus, the people watching it great fun, and you’re just a few blocks from the beach when you are ready for something else!
Some of the stalls sell the same touristy stuff that you find at the night markets in Copacabana, but the Hippie Faire is more varied, with better treasures to discover.