Shopping-the best of the best! (chocolate….)

Yum… of our favorite indulgences…chocolate.  And Rio de Janeiro has some very good chocolate shops.  Three of our favorite are listed below.

CHEZ BONBON-chocolate gourmet

Oh my goodness…..whether it is a single piece of deliciously decedent chocolate, macarons, or a designer box of truffles…this store has it all.  Convenient location in Ipanema at Rua Barão da Torre, 247, loja B.

Chez Bonbon

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Cacau Show-Um show de chocolate

We are SO happy these shops are located all over the city (several shops just in Centro and Copacabana alone)…for an easy chocolate fix, regardless of the neighborhood PLUS they offer chocolate in so many varieties.  In addition to loads of great chocolate candies, they offer all kinds of hot and cold chocolate beverages, chocolate fondue, and even a variety of chocolate ice cream.  Truly a chocolate-lovers dream!  The Centro-Saara location is quite convenient to Santa Teresa; Rua Bueno Aires, 180.

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Chocolates Kopenhagen

Founded back in 1928, Chocolates Kopenhagen can now be found in over 60 cities and 275 locations featuring more than 300 products.  It was again our dear friend and colleague, Katia, who turned us onto this store and several of their tempting treats.  Chocolate lovers are not to miss!  Convenient locations in Ipanema (Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 197 AND Rua: Visconte de Pirajá, 550), Copacabana (Rua Xavier da Silveira, 40 AND R. Figueiredo de Magalhães, 131) and throughout the city.

Chocolates Kopenhagen

Shopping-the best of the best! (Gilson Martins)

Part of the excitement of going on vacation and being in a new location is finding a trinket, accessory or special reminder of your visit.  We would like to provide you with some of our favorites, SPECIAL (read UNIQUE) shops here in Rio that you should not miss; most are “Carioca original”!  We’ve already posted on Granado….now this post is about the accessory designer, GILSON MARTINS.  Gilson’s inspiration comes from the visuals he encountered growing up in Rio de Janeiro, now translated into hip, quirky collectible purses, key chains, & wallets which can be found in NYC at MOMA’s Giftshop and of course here in Rio de Janeiro.

The key chains we use for the guest room keys here at Casa Cool Beans are from Gilson Martins as they are stylish and feature prominent Rio de Janeiro sites on their products; VERY COOL.  With three locations to choose from your travels in Rio should have you in close proximity to one of their stores.

Ipanema- Rua Visconde de Piraja, 462

Copacabana- Rua Figueiredo Magalhaes, 304-A

Atlantica- Rua Atlantica, 1998

Gilson Martins (Ipanema)

Even the first family, The Obamas’, were recently presented with some Gilson Martins (March 2011)…..

An article in The Rio Times from October 26, 2010…..

Carioca Style From Gilson Martins

WE LOVE GILSON MARTINS……and it is obvious by the MANY Gilson Martins bags discarded at Casa Cool Beans that our guests we send there do too!!!  Keep on “Carioca” shopping!

Shopping-the best of the best! (Granado Pharmácia)

We decided some time ago to upgrade the soaps here at Casa Cool Beans from the typical store-bought brand to something really nice and special.  Our friend Katia, a Carioca who knows the best stores and products here in Rio directed us to Granado Pharmácia and even took us for our first visit to the main store, Pharmácia do Centro at Rua Primeiro de Março, 16.  The building which houses this branch has been stunningly restored, thus worth a visit just to see the space, but oh the little treasures to be found!  Soaps, creams, powders, lotions, and more!  This is a great store to get gifts to take home that are uniquely Brazilian.

We selected a 100% vegetable Glycerin soap made of the natural extract of Castanha do Brasil (Cashew nut).   It has a light and refreshing sent and oh so Brazilian!  One of the biggest reasons we choose a Glycerin product is because it is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin.  We want our guests to have smooth, moist skin! 🙂

Check out their website (link below) to view their multiple lines of products, find a store location, or just browse.  They even have a line of soap products for pets!  Founded in 1870 this is no fly-by-night pharmacy.  Reminds us of one of our favorite stores in New York City, Kiehls (soaps and skin products); which interestingly enough was an old-world apothecary founded in 1851!