The Best Markets In Rio de Janeiro

Maria Angelíca Maia

Markets in Rio de Janeiro are great occasion to meet locals and to discover the creativity of the cariocas. We select the best markets across the city of Rio de Janeiro at which to pick up a bargain, a keepsake or a souvenir.

Feira Hippie de Ipanema

1. Feira Hippie de Ipanema

Feira Hippie de Ipanema

One of the bigger street markets, Feira Hippie de Ipanema sells everything from artwork and kitchen utensils to souvenirs. This is one of the best markets in Rio de Janeiro at which to buy handmade arts and crafts, paintings, semi-precious Brazilian gemstones, sarongs, embalmed piranhas, bikinis; the list goes on. Other cool gifts and souvenirs can also be found there and it is a great destination for tourists, who inevitably end up in this part of Rio.

Feira Hippie de Ipanema, Praça General Osório, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Babilônia Feira Hype

A creative/fashion market that has launched top brands, Babilônia Feira Hype gives up-and-coming local creatives the chance to show off and sell their wares. Products include fashion, art, design, arts and crafts, decor and gastronomy. Each edition of the market has a different venue.

A fruit market in Rio

2. Cobal de Humaitá


Cobal de Humaitá

This partly open-air market has bars, restaurants, a fruit and vegetable market, wine stores, plant stores, pet shops and natural food stores. It’s not fancy, but it is useful, especially if you’re planning a beach party or barbecue.

Cobal de Humaitá, 466/468 Rua Voluntários da Pátria, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2537 0186

3. Feira de Copacabana

Feira de Copacabana

Feira de Copacabana is an assortment of stalls selling clothing and souvenirs in a nice location on the Avenida Atlântica, which in turn faces the sea. So if you want to join the locals who love this fair, and give yourself a break from the beach (but not for too long) this is the perfect place.

Feira de Copacabana, Avenida Atlântica, between Rua Miguel Lemos and Rua Almirante Gonçalves, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ferio Rio Antigo © Colin Hepburn/FlickrFerio Rio Antigo © Colin Hepburn/Flickr

4. Feira Rio Antigo (Feira do Lavradio)

Feira Rio Antigo (Feira do Lavradio)

The Feira Rio Antigo, also known as the Feira do Lavradio, is famous for its antiques. They are pricey but you can find some amazing objects here. There is also a selection of artistic and creative stalls.

Feira Rio Antigo, Rua do Lavradio, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

O Mercado – Estilistas Independentes

A market for independent stylists and artists. You can find your standard print-Ts here alongside notebooks made of vinyl records, comic book hero cushions and children’s toys. Ideal for last minute creative gifts at a very good price. Also search here for your perfect souvenir, and take a photo with the artisan or artist. Venue and dates change each time, check their website for details.

Rio flea market

5. Feira de São Cristóvão


Feira de São Cristóvão

A market that celebrates the best traditions of the northeast of Brazil. There is plenty of traditional food, clothing and arts and crafts on offer. Try the delicious typical dishes, prepared authentically with regional ingredients. Some of them can be found only here. And of course, enjoy the joyful music that accompanies your meal.

Feira de São Cristóvão, Campo de São Cristóvão S/N, Pavilhão de São Cristóvão, São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2580 5335

6. O Mercadão de Madureira

O Mercadão de Madureira

With almost 580 shops selling a wide variety of products, you are bound to find whatever you are looking for at O Mercadão de Madureira, and at a good price too. From locally produced organic food to arts and crafts and regional products. The place is busy although it’s very simple too.

O Mercadão de Madureira, Avenida Ministro Edgard Romero, 239, Madureira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 3355 9044

Feira Hippie de Ipanema © Renato Sil/FlickrFeira Hippie de Ipanema © Renato Sil/Flickr

7. Mercado Mistureba


Mercado Mistureba

The first Saturday of the month is when you’ll find the Mercado Mistureba. A showcase for independent traders, you will find clothes, trinkets and delicious food here. The atmosphere is lively and fun, so expect colorful and irreverent clothes and accessories. Cariocas also come to this market for carnival fantasies and other creative things.

Mercado Mistureba, Choperia Brazooka, Av. Mem de Sá 70, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

8. O Cluster


O Cluster

An independent market that specializes in fashion, art, design, music and gastronomy. You will meet the city’s young talents here; don’t be surprised if someday you find out that some of them became big entrepreneurs.

O Cluster, 35 Rua das Palmeiras, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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