Sometimes, it’s not in the fancy restaurants or amidst a medley of complex ingredients where you find the best food in a city, but rather on the street corners or in backstreets. In Rio de Janeiro, it’s in these places that you can indulge in true food for the soul. Here are some of the city’s best street food markets to truly get to know the local cuisine.
Behind the looming walls of Cadeg’s façade lies a bustling warren of shops, restaurants, bars, and live music. Early arrivals will be treated to the sights and aromas of thousands of freshly picked and pruned flowers that line the stalls, a feature that later inspired the market’s affectionate nickname, Market of Flowers. Originally a mundane distribution centre for Rio’s restaurants and shops, it later transformed into a gastronomic hub ranging from pé-sujo (the term for the rundown, basic bars of Rio) to gourmet options. Go there on a Saturday morning to enjoy the Cantinho das Concertinas, a traditional Portuguese party that is replete with classic cod – try the bolinhos de bacalhau, a Brazilian snack of deep-fried seasoned cod balls – and cheap yet delicious green wine, perfect for washing down your meal.
Cadeg, R. Cap. Félix, 110 – Benfica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 3890 0202