If you’re a foodie or just looking to sample the ‘carioca lifestyle’ away from the typical beach scene – head to the Farmers Market in Gloria, locally called Feira Livre da Glória, and experience a taste of Rio through the charm of it’s vendors!
Located in a charming tree-lined neighbourhood of Gloria, tucked between the foot of the Santa Teresa hills, Flamengo beach and central – the old Rio, I highly recommend this farmers market as a way to spend a lazy Sunday in Rio. It comes with lots of fresh and delicious fruit and vegetable stalls, along with the charm of it’s vendors (especially humorous if you can offer the same amount of banter when asking for a discount as they do when selling to you at higher prices because they see you’re a foreigner!)
Do what we (myself, Cintia, her sister Consuelo and her wife Roberia) did; headed to the market in the morning for a tapioca breakfast which we ate at a park nearby. We then followed through with a stroll along the scenic bike paths in Flamengo, before heading back home – passing through the market once again… Except by the afternoon the prices are more ‘realistic‘, so we picked up some last minute ingredients for lunch. One of the vendors was even kind enough to give us a packet of ‘cajueiro’ cashew nut fruit for free… Cintia, a self-esteem researcher and coach called it the politics of being beautiful… But I’m much more mostest – I’ll credit the festive atmosphere!
Things to do:
– Tapioca sandwich with a choice of filling
– Sample a vast range of fruit and veg (the stranger the better!)
– Bargain – don’t go with the first price offered!
– Buy your swimwear
– Chill out to live music samba vibes with a cold beer…
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📍Feira Livre da Glória
Av. Augusto Severo
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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