Ipanema Farmer's Market
Ipanema Farmer's Market
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FromageBob
South Miami, FL58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
Farmers’ markets hold a special attraction for many travelers, offering the opportunity for almost total immersion into the rhythm and culture of the foods native to a region. Visiting a local grocery store is fun; wandering the aisles and checking out the differences and parallels to your own local shops can be entertaining, but there is nothing like a farmers’ market to really get into the “local groove”.

In Rio de Janeiro, a moving farmer’s market called “Feira” (“Fair”) is held most weekdays at various locations around the city. The biggest feira is on Fridays in Ipanema, at the “Praca Nossa Senhora da Paz” (our Lady of Peace Square), located on Rua Visconde de Pirajá, near the center of the district sandwiched between the beach and “Lagoa.”

The market surrounds the park on three of its four sides, comprising over 400 meters (1,300 feet, or close to a quarter of a mile) of products. The stalls line both sides of the walkway around the park, offering a dizzying array of fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, flowers, cookies, and more. It’s almost impossible to describe in words; pictures help, but a visit is a must.

Most farmers’ markets are rather staid; the vendors man their stalls, shoppers roam the aisle, each maintaining a respectful distance. Not at feira. Here, the fruit vendors will chase you down yelling “tente isso…tente isso” (try this! try this!), with a fruit and large knife in hand. They’ll whack off a piece for you to try, proffering it on the end of the blade. It’s a little intimidating at first, but you’ll fall into the rhythm pretty quickly (as you fill up on fruit). Everything is worth trying; it’s as fresh as you can get, with exotic fruits like fruta de conde, atemoya, or jaboticaba, variations on the pineapple, like abacaxi and ananás at most stalls, along with the familiar strawberries (morango),mangos (manga), peaches (pêssegos), pears (peras), and apples (maçãs). The real delight is when you can find fresh figs (usually in the summer), bursting with flavor. The best of the lot are the exotics.

You’ll also find a cross-section of the local population; people from the neighborhood out for a stroll, maids shopping for the week’s dinner, along with tourists like you, all caught in a maelstrom of noise, scent, and flavor. And, unless you’re a real farmers’ market aficionado, you’ll also find yourself caught in a bit of a paradigm shift.

Refrigeration is non-existent. The fish stalls use a lot of ice, but that’s about it. The meats and chicken are all “out there” in the fresh air. Brazilians will tell you that they’ve been shopping this way forever; it certainly puts some creditability in the idea that what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. It’s a little unnerving. Everything is out there to see; by the fish stands, there’s usually a small table piled with freshly cleaned sardines (the Portuguese version, not the wimpy canned things). The chicken stands have a guy piling up chicken feet, along with rows of bright yellow carcasses, and trays of offal – hearts, gizzards, livers, and more. The meat booths will have hanging racks of ribs, and plenty of “carne de sol”… sun-dried beef that’s very popular in the North.

Tucked in among the booths selling fresh, there are vendors selling prepared foods as well. At the corners of feira, you’ll find the Chinese lady who sells a riot of cookies. There is usually one or two booths selling freshly cooked “pastels” filled with carne (meat), queijo (cheese), palmito com catupury (palm heart with Catupury cheese), and more. But the most “ful-filling” part of feira is simply wandering the booths, indulging in the bombardment of fresh bits of fruit thrust into your hands.

Feira starts early in the morning, and runs until early afternoon. The vendors start closing up around 1pm, but will stick around as long as there are customers. The prices get lower as the day goes on; if you go around 11am, you’ll find them more reasonable than early in the morning (and the selection will be just fine). At the very end of the feira, the prices get very low, especially for the fruits and veggies that are at full ripeness. It’s the best time to pick up fruit for the afternoon or breakfast the next morning (bonus if you have a fridge in your room). In addition to local products, you will also encounter imported items; these are extremely expensive, and should be avoided. Imported plums, for example, were going for close to $20 per pound. There’s plenty of local stuff to go around. As you wander, feel free to sample, but don’t take advantage. Sampling is also a way to find the best of the best; often, you’ll find yourself retracing your steps to an earlier vendor whose produce was extra-good.

Your hotel can tell you where it is located, but the best is the one on Fridays in Ipanema. All you need to do is tell the taxi “feira de Ipanema no praca da Senhora da Paz” and you’re there.
Written October 1, 2011
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claudia r
New York City, NY86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
This market is on Fridays and I absolutely loved it. I have been to a lot of the markets in Rio and think this one has great variety and good quality. One would think, given the location, it is more expensive, but actually I found this not to be the case. also if you go towards the end there are great deals to be had.
Written February 3, 2016
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Pam W
Texas2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Business
This market is full of excellent local artists/art. Very easy to reach and a great way to spend the day.
Written July 10, 2015
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Clive R
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK2,042 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
Brilliant little market, no tourists just locals (except us). Amazing stalls with exceptional displays of so many vegetables and fruits that we just don't get in England. The stallholders very happy for you to try the fruits some were great others Yuk!
Fish and meat are also here but our favorite were the local craft stalls where we bought a few things to take home.
loads of bars and restaurants around for lunch.
Written March 30, 2015
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Paul_n_Cris
Melbourne, Australia1,710 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013
Only on a Friday, this little market hugs the sides of the square which at this time has been taken over for construction of the metro. We found it very friendly and ate our way round with tasters of fruit. This is a great place to see the local fruit and to taste them. Also there are little nibbles, pastel, agua de coco, Fresh fish and meat stalls. A few clothes and other artisan stalls along one side where it was quite quiet. Found the market very clean compared with some local markets and came away with some really tasty fruits.
Written June 28, 2013
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Eileen G
Paoli, PA182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Family
I love visiting farmers' markets. Unfortunately, the day we came upon the Ipanema Farmers' Market is was pouring rain. We mostly ran from tent to tent trying to keep dry. Lots of beautiful fruits an vegetables. If you are planning a picnic it would be a great place to get some nice produce.
Written January 8, 2013
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westy54
Sydney, Australia12,055 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
This local market is located around the sides of the Praca Nossa Senhora da Paz just outside the entrance to the Nossa Senhora da Paz metro station in Ipanema.

The market only operates on a Friday morning and whilst it is relatively small there are a good number of stalls selling some beautifully fresh fruit (some of which we hadn't seen before), vegetables, eggs, mushrooms plus some fish and meat. There were a good number of locals buying produce and we could see why.

There were also a few stalls selling hand crafted souvenirs.
Written February 27, 2018
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bikerbabe22
Milton, Canada796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016
The farmers' market features a wide variety of foods in a central location. It is close to the cruise port so it is an easy walk to enjoy this market.
Written April 6, 2017
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jeff c
Naples, FL61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
I b ought some wonderful homemade cheese. There were also a large supply of fresh fruits and veggies. The day I was their a few local food vendors were also present. A fun morning.
Written June 13, 2016
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andrealac2000
State of Rio de Janeiro3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
You can tate local fruits, they are really sweet, amazing!
Try also the Tapioca and the Pastel with freshly sqweezed sugar cane (add lime)
Written May 10, 2016
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