The city's biggest market, Feira de Antiguidades, is downtown on the Praça do Mercado, and offers everything from curios to antiquities. At Feira do Nordestino, in Pavilhão São Christovão, more than 700 vendors, mostly from the northeast, sell regional food and clothing, with the accompaniment of the province's African-inflected music. The fair begins Saturday afternoon and stretches to late Sunday morning.
Shopping dos Antiquários 143 Rua Siqueira Campos, Copacabana. An indoor market devoted mostly to turn-of-the-century furnishings and kitschy paraphernalia. On the second floor, stores such as Graphos Tradição (55-21/2256-3268) sell modern Brazilian pieces at affordable prices.
Letras & Expressões 276 Rua Visconde de Pirajá, Ipanema; 55-21/2521-6110. Drop into Rio's only 24-hour international magazine and book store to fuel up on news and coffee.
Toca do Vincius 129 Rua Vincius de Moraes, Ipanema; 55-21/2247-5227. Once a record store, now a shrine to bossa nova. Books on the life of Tom Jobim and Nara Leão, as well as a small auditorium.
MUSEUMS AND MONUMENTS
Theatro Municipal Avda. Rio Branco; 55-21/2262-3501; www.theatromunicipal.rj.gov.br.
Canoas House 2310 Estrada das Canoas. Visits by appointment only, through the Oscar Niemeyer Foundation (55-21/2509-1844).
Museu Carmen Miranda 55-21/2551-2597. At Avenida Rui Barbosa in Parque do Flamengo, whose gardens were designed by Brazilian Modernist Roberto Burle-Marx.
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói Mirante da Boa Viagem, Niterói; 55-21/2620-2400; www.macnit.com.br.
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro 915 Rua Pacheco Leão; 55-21/2294-6012; www.jbrj.gov.br.