Farmers markets (Feiras) in Rio de Janeiro are great places to visit in the late morning to sample or buy exotic fruits and vegetables or to simply take in the sights and smells.
These farmers markets are set up on or along city side streets in
Copacabana and in other parts of the city as well. They are open air markets, usually covered by long canopies to protect both people and produce from the blistering mid day tropical sun. Vendors set up a long line of individual stalls and offer a stunning variety of exotic tropical fruits and vegetables.
As Brazil is blessed with a climate that provides a year around growing season, there is always a large variety of produce available. In addition to the usual tropical offerings, unusual fruits are flown in daily from the Amazon region.
Most of what you will see here can be purchased at grocery stores in the city, but we find that the produce is fresher in the farmers markets and sold at a slightly lower price.
Vendors will solicit your attention and business by offering samples of their wares. Don't be shy - it's OK to taste and move on. The produce is clean (this ain't Mexico...). You can purchase goods by the gram,kilogram, or simply by the individual piece. Even if you are staying in a hotel in Rio for just a short time, it's still worth buying a few pieces of fruit or some strawberries to enjoy back in your room or on the beach. The flavor and juiciness of the fruit market strawberries, melons, and mangoes are simply amazing. It's like eating candy.
Also sold at some markets are cooked salgados (salty snacks) such as Pasteis. (see photo at bottom)
The best markets we have found are within two blocks of the beach. See info below and consult map at bottom of the page.
Ipanema:Mondays on Avenida Epitácio Pessoa between Rua Visconde de Piraja and Rua Barão da Torre(near Posto 10 at the Canal de Alah). Tuesdays in Praça General Osorio (site of the Sunday Ipanema Hippie Fair) and on Fridays at Praça Nossa Senhora da Paz (Our Lady of Peace Square) facing Rua Visconde de Piraja.
Copacabana:Mondays on Rua Gustavo Sampaio in quiet Leme at Posto 1. Wednesdays on Rua Domingos Ferreira, 1 block from the beach, between Rua Constante Ramos and Rua Siqueira Campos. Thursdays on Rua Belfort Roxo near the Praça Lido (Lido Square). Sundays on Rua Décio Vilares (6 long blocks from the beach at Posto 4).
Leblon: On Sundays at Rua General Urquiza near Praça Antero de Quintal, one block from the beach at Posto 11.
New! Rio de Janeiro's Organic Farmers Markets
A web colleague of ours at the
Daily Life in Rio Blog, discovered organic produce markets in Rio. The vendors carry much of the same produce as the traditional outdoor markets, the difference being the organic quality and higher prices.
Copacabana:Saturdays 8am -2pm in the very pleasant Peixoto neighborhood at Praça Edmundo Bittencourt. Its held in the same location as the Sunday market on Rua Décio Vilares (see map at bottom).
Ipanema:Tuesdays 8am - 2pm at Praca Nossa Senhora da Paz. It's the same location of the Friday market on Rua Visconde de Piraja.
Leblon:Thursdays 8am -2pm at the Praça Antero de Quental on Rua General Urquiza. Same location as the Sunday Leblon farmers market. Map at bottom.
Jardim Botanico:Saturdays 8am - 2pm at the Praça Alm. Custodio de Melo near the Igreja Sao Jose da Lagoa. (a church)
Watch this short video about visiting Rio Farmers Markets - then see our photos !