On April 28, 1980 the first mall in Rio de Janeiro opened its doors to the shopping public. With over 400 shops and a very tasty food court, this incredible building is still one of the premiere shopping facilities in Rio.
Something for Everyone
There are eight floors of some of the most amazing shopping in Rio. Women and men’s fashions, children’s clothing, electronics and jewelry are all featured at this mall. There is even a large home furnishing section. Children will love the toy stores and men will make a beeline to the home theater center. Music, books and souvenirs all have a home here. Some of the best stores
Keep Up Your Strength
The 2 food courts have several cafes where a tired shopper can sip a cup of eye-opening Brazilian coffee and enjoy a show on one of the large screen projectors. Or, if sugar is the key to keep you shopping, stop in at one of the candy stores. The restaurants run the gamut from quick and easy fast food to high-end gourmet establishments. Italian, Asian, French and Mexican food is just some of the specialties served here. A great option for Mediterranean, Italian and Brazilian food is Rascal at the first floor.
Riosul Has It All
This mall has more than meets the eye. There are four movie theaters showing all the latest blockbusters. A fitness center and full service day spa will keep you looking trim and beautiful. There is a travel agency where you can book your return trip to Rio as well as bank to keep your wallet filled while shopping and a money exchanger. A pharmacy, post office and police station are also on premises. Try to visit H Stern Store, where you can see a huge variety of Brazilian semi precious stones famous world wide. Celebrities as Angelina Jolie has worn them.
Where it’s at
The Riosul is just north of Copacabana Beach
on Avenida Lauro Muller in the Botafogo district. Free buses from the beach and nearby hotels will take you directly there. There is also a free bus that goes from Cardeal Arcoverde Subway Station to the mall and back, from 10 am to 10 pm, from Monday to Saturdays and from 3 pm to 9 pm on Sundays.. The large parking garage has valet parking so tired toes do not have to traipse across several hundred feet of parking lot at the end of a busy shopping day.The Riosul is the shopping mecca of Rio de Janeiro. With something for everyone and prices that are sometimes reasonable but most times cheap, this mall is a fun place to spend an afternoon or evening. Just be sure it is the last stop of your day as you are bound to leave staggering under the weight of all your purchases.