If an authentic experience is what you are after as you plan your trip to Rio de Janeiro, then you will need to include São Cristóvão Market (Feira de São Cristóvão) on your list of to dos. This vibrant market may not appeal to all tourists, but it is ideal for those who would like to immerse themselves in Brazilian life as experienced by the locals — the noise, thecolour, the healthy portions of food, handmade souvenirs, music and the sound of laughter.
The market is situated in the northern parts of Rio in a neighbourhood called São Cristóvão, you will need to take the metro followed by a fairly long walk or use one of Rio's city buses to get to this part of town. In our directions you will find a recommended combination of Metro and bus to get there. This route was carefully chosen to avoid extra transfers and confusing directions. The actual centre in which the market is held is called Centro Luiz Gonzaga.
Before doing any shopping in Ipanema or in any of the other neighbourhoods this market should be your first stop. Here you will find souvenirs, clothing, Brazilian must haves such as bikini's, beach dresses, flip flops and hammocks. All these will be a fraction of the price of buying them in Ipanema and the market has almost 700 stalls so you are bound to find what you are looking for in one spot.
When it comes to food expect to taste authentic Northern Brazilian cuisine, the taste of North Eastern cuisine has been heavily influenced by the African cuisine brought over by the African slaves, so there are lots of flavours due to spices and herbs. Many of the foods are influenced by the indigenous people of the area. You will see lavish use of rice, beans, cassava, peanuts, and sea foods. There is a wide selection of foods available so bring your appetite. You will find the food is really tasty, comes in large portions and is economically priced.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Feira de São CristóvãoFee: No - Admission is Free.
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
Accommodations near Feira de São Cristóvão:
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 1 - Orange||Estácio||4 Minutes|
|Line 2 - Green||São Cristóvão||23 Minutes|
How to get to Feira de São Cristóvão by Metro
For this attraction you may want to make use of one of Rio's regular city buses to avoid a long walk from the Metro. Keep in mind that you will require a separate cash fare for each trip on the bus. We've carefully chosen the simplest and least confusing option to facilitate your trip using a single bus each way and arriving and returning from the same points. Make your way to Estácio Station on Metro Line 1 and catch bus 209 at the westbound stop on Rua Ulysses Guimaraes located just north of the metro station. Exit the bus on Campo São Cristóvão across from the parking area (next to the gothic style building with spires on top) and walk ahead to the crosswalk, cross the road and walk back to the market entrance. For the return trip take bus 635 from the same stop. It loops around the São Cristóvão Market and makes its way back towards Estácio Station. Exit the bus at 119 Avenida Paulo De Frontin. Cross the street beneath the elevated roadway and double back (north). Take the first right onto Rua Joaquim Palhares (Street with tree lined boulevard) and follow it back to Estácio Station (5 Minutes).
If you don't mind a longish walk (approx. 23 minutes) from the Metro you can get off at São Cristóvão Station. Exit and walk over to the north side of the train tracks via the pedestrian overpass and descend down the left ramp. Cross both sections of the road and follow the sidewalk to your right along the edge of the park on your right all the way to the traffic round-about. Take the road to your left (Av. Rotary Internacional) then go right on Rua do Parque, left on Rua Fonseca Teles and right on Av. do Exercito. Continue straight ahead and you will see the Market.
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