What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?
You should be able to find everything you need in Rio. Most of these items should be reasonably priced, too.
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Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?
Not at all.
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What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?
There are no stores that are especially expat-oriented.
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Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?
Shopping malls include:

Barra Garden
Av. das Américas, 3255 Tel: 2430-9400
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This open-air landscaped shopping center has 163 shops, a food court, an events center, theaters and an ice-skating rink with skate rentals.

Barra Point
Av. Armando Lombardi, 350 Barra da Tijuca Tel.: 2483-5358
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Located at the edge of the Tijuca Lagoon, Barra Point has 100 decoration and fashion shops, two movie theaters, a food court and kiosks that cover 80 square meters. There is also a 160 square meter area for happy hours and shows.

Barra Shopping
Av. das Américas, 4666 Barra da Tijuca Tel.: 3089-1000
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Latin America's largest shopping mall, offering clothing, food courts, fruit, vegetable and fish markets, leisure areas, a games center, bowling and a bar. Parking is available.

Av. Ayrton Senna, 2150 Barra da Tijuca Tel.: 2430-8000
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
All the latest in building, refurbishing and decoration for the home in 79 specialty shops, with a bar, a restaurant and ample parking.

Cittá America
Av. das Américas, 700 Barra da Tijuca Tel.: 3803-7777
Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday through Saturday.
Rio's newest business center combines business and leisure. Attractions are the theme park and the world-famous Hard Rock Café.

Av. das Américas, 500 Barra da Tijuca Tel.: 2494-5007
Monday through Saturday, hours vary from shop to shop.
A business center with shops and offices, 12 movie theaters with large screens, digital sound and adjustable seats. Food court with bars and coffee shops. Microbrewery and informal restaurants.

Fashion Mall
Estrada da Gávea, 899 São Conrado Tel.: 3322-2733/ 33220300
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The most charming and sophisticated shopping mall in town offers the best shopping in designer shops as well as selected restaurants. It also has four movie theaters and parking.

New York City Center
Av. das Américas, 5000 Barra da Tijuca Tel.: 2432-4980
Every day from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Entertainment and shopping center, with 18 multiplex movie theaters and many other attractions.

Rio Design - Barra
Av. das Americas 7777 - Tel 2430 3024
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What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?
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