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“Old builnding, transformed.”

Feira de Sao Cristovao
Ranked #66 of 732 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed June 18, 2012

This building, which used to have roof in the format of a geometric figure, now houses several bars ans retaurants featuring brazilian north-east cuisine. Most of the dishes are NOT well prepared. Lots of grease. Come for a stroll, but that is it.

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Reviewed April 23, 2012

For me, this place is like an emblem of the carioca culture: democratic, colourful, diverse. The Feira de São Cristóvão used to take place every weekend, on the streets, just beside the monument where it happens now, a park built a few years ago. The party became famous, and too big, so the city decided to build the "Centro de Convenções Nordestinas Luiz Gonzaga", a homage for the most famous and popular northeastern singer ever. The monument, that has the shape of a very typical hat, has 700 tents with many examples of the Northeast Region of Brazil: typical food, craftwork, dance, popular singers and poets, paintings, drawings (woodcuts) bands and music, and more than 35 bars and restaurants with many types of traditional food: don´t leave without trying at least one type of "tapioca" (they are all over and don´t cost more than two dollars), the artisanal cachaças, and last but not least, the tipycal candies made of cupuaçu, genipapo, passion fruit, coconut etc . You can find anything you want from Maranhão, Ceará, Paraíba e Pará. On the weekends you pay R$3,00 to come in, believe ir or not, and there is free music going on almost all they long. People like to dance, and if you are too shy or you have never heard of "forró", take your chance and ask for help, because they usually love to teach: you can meet from the TV celebrity or the doormen here. They are all there for the type of fun you can hardly meet somewhere else, but in Rio.

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Reviewed March 10, 2012

The official name is: Center of Northeastern Traditions and should be a place where we would have the unique culture of the northeast, but what we see? People who mix the northeast habits to the habits of the Carioca ( (who was born in Rio). The result is a mess, no identity and very poor.

2  Thank Caraiboca
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Reviewed January 20, 2012

Nicknamed the Feira dos Paraíbas, this is the place where northeasterners come to hear their music, eat their food. Not a pretty place, the Pavilhão de São Cristóvao hasn't had its roof in over 20 years, but it is an interesting experience though. Not for the design hotel people though.

Thank Frederico N
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

We love visiting market places in different countries to buy locally made products. This is not the place to go for that-- go to the Hippie Fair in Ipanema on Sundays instead. This IS the place for locally made food items, Northeastern cuisine and churrasco/rodizio and several stages with live music, dancing, ,and singing. If you must shop there, you can find lots of cheaply made souvenirs and cheap sunglasses, clothing, etc. We went in January and the market stalls/tents are sweltering hot. We found sanctuary in one of the many restaurants serving rodizio (barbequed meat on a stick carved by waiters at your table) and buffet style food for cheap and enjoyed the music and watching people dance. We took a taxi there and back.

Thank chusy
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