Rio Antigo Fair

Rio Antigo Fair, Rio de Janeiro: Address, Rio Antigo Fair Reviews: 4.5/5

Rio Antigo Fair
First Saturday of the month, 10am-6pm
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The area
Neighbourhood: Centro
Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
How to get there
  • Carioca • 8 min walk
  • Cinelândia • 9 min walk
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224 reviews
Very good

Rio de Janeiro110 contributions
Not what it used to be.
Nov. 2019
The antique stores are closed, the bars are open and the streets are crowded with the same old same old you can find at any other street fair in Rio. On a sunny day, it is extremely crowded, so much so it is difficult to walk. In other words, be very careful and attentive with respect to pick pockets.
Written 25 November 2019
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Zarin S
Mumbai, India738 contributions
Rio Antigo Fair
Feb. 2019 • Friends
This place is great for street shopping. Picking up various souvenirs of Rio from here was a good idea. It is all so colourful and festive.
Written 25 March 2019
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Dublin36 contributions
Great outdoor market in Rio
Nov. 2017 • Friends
During our recent visit to Rio we were looking for a market where we could spend a couple of hours and possibly buy a few gifts. After reading a review on TripAdvisor we visited the Rio Antigo market. The market is on the 1st Saturday of every month and we were lucky to be in Rio for November's market. It's located close to the cathedral and is full of great stalls selling leather bags, jewellery, clothes, etc. I'd definitely recommend this market.
Written 10 November 2017
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Chris M
Auckland Central, New Zealand73 contributions
Brilliant - highlight of the trip
Oct. 2016 • Couples
This was sensational!!
We stopped at the tourist information kiosk under the Arcosda de Lapa and asked for suggestions on where we could get some authentic street food and restaurants. The man said we could try around the corner but there wasn't really anything available.... well.... we went around the corner and found a street full of food, stalls and restaurants. This was brilliant and just what we were looking for. The day was spent sipping Cuba Libra and eating Fiojada with music and plenty of atmosphere. This made the trip to RDJ.

The fair is held on the first Saturday of the month and is a must visit.
Written 11 October 2016
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Auckland, New Zealand87 contributions
Awesome day seeing real Rio
Oct. 2016 • Couples
We stumbled across the street market and realised it was the place to be on a Saturday

The streets were packed with people and live music and outdoor dining

We had a traditional lunch of beans and meat and then cocktails and more cocktails

Locals were out dancing and enjoying the street party which I believe goes until late

We left before dark as I think it gets a bit dangerous later on

Highly recommend as part of a visit to Lapa district
Written 11 October 2016
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Carla C
Porto Alegre, RS156 contributions
A must go destination
Mar. 2016
If by any chance you are in Rio de Janeiro when the fair is on, which is in the first Saturday of the month, don´t miss the opportunity to go and see lots of beautiful things to buy, good music to listen and good food to try. Beautiful and different things to buy, the sellers are friendly and very nice. There are good options of places to taste good food and drink something. There is also some music around. And if you are luck enough you will buy something and the seller will gift by saying some poetry out loud! Perfect!
Written 16 March 2016
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adam d
Newark-on-Trent, UK15 contributions
1st Saturday of the month
Mar. 2016 • Family
This is well worth a trip, even better, (from what we saw later) book a hotel in the area for the night at least.
We had a hotel one street away from this market and only stumbled across it by chance as we were taking our laundry out rather then sleeping and sunbathing on the roof (we'd had a few loooong days). We ventured out at midday and came across market stalls lining the whole length of the street for as far as we could see and some band going absolutely mental on the path....full drum kit, the works. People were dancing away like it was a night out at a venue, all in the +30c heat. We decided to do the laundry as quickly as possible to get back to this.
It took over 2 hours. I was worried we would miss it.
As soon as we got out to the market we were came across a group of people who were all singing as one, taking it in turns to dance together in the middle as someone/some people, who neither of us could see due to the crowd gathered around, played musical instruments to bind it all all together. It was amazing. The soft singing as they danced was mesmerising. We pulled ourselves away from this and walked the length of the street looking at the interesting artisan stalls along the way before turing around at the end and walking back. when we walked back we noticed the furniture and antique stalls that were set back behind these stalls in the buildings. They were amazing. In between all of these visual delights were more musicians and a number of street vendors offering refreshing drinks...we opted for beers (like the locals), having walked the full length of the street and the little parts that veered away from it we saw that there was a square which also looked busy. We grabbed beers and headed across to it. I think it was called Praca Tiradentes. It had some amazing live music and some delicious food and drink stands lining it. people were indulging in the food and drink whilst others did the Samba like professionals. I'll admit it, I was envious of their skills! So god damn natural!
To the night!!.....
We left the fun of the market and headed back to the hotel, eventually after a couple of hours we decided to go for a bit of a drink to end the evening. The streets were packed, absolutely ram packed with people, spilling out from the market and enjoying further drinks and food in the Lapa area. It was a great experience, the hustle and bustle and excitement of the area as everyone moved about, all seemingly looking for the next busy place with some live music.
We ended our night early at 23.30 as we had a plane to catch, but you could tell this was going to go on for hours!
It is worth noting that on our way back to the area from the laundry an elderly gentlemen (think cool college lecturer type) came and spoke to us as we were looking confused at a metro exit map and offered assistance. Once I pointed to the area we needed to be at he looked concerned and said, 'it is Saturday, you don't want to go in to this area, it is very dangerous' I said, 'that's where we're staying!' and he replied, with, 'Be careful' whilst doing the point at your eye and point forward motion (look out, be aware). I'll admit, this made me a bit worried as to were we had decided today our heads that night, but all was well and so long as you are not daft you shouldn't have any problems. Please note, we were not stumbling out of the bars/nightclubs at 7am so cannot fully confirm that the guys advice/concerns wasn't fully justified.
If you are in the area on the first Saturday of the month though, go, you'll love the vibe and get a real sense of Rio life.
Written 5 March 2016
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ164 contributions
A local hangout site from a Carina's point of view
Dec. 2014 • Friends
This is a place where even the locals go - which is always something good to know. You must go in the 2nd Saturday of the month, when besides the antique shops and the bar and restaurants placed in Lavradio St., you will also find a street market in which you will find some handcrafts, vintage clothes and other stuff. It's not the very best place to shop, but you can find some nice t-shirts, hand-made stationary and other good memorabilia.

As a matter of fact, the nice thing to do is walk around, see a very interesting mix of people, and end your tour in one of the bars to have some "feijoada", at a very reasonable price. If you wanna see cariocas having feijoada, this is somewhere you'll find it.

Things to be known: it's an open fair, so would should be prepared for any weather condition. If you're visiting in the summer, please, please, use sunscreen!!!
Another piece of advise - this is not the best place to go with kids. It can be crowded, and there is really nothing to keep their attention. They'll be bored, and bore you too. Handicapped will not find it a very good place to go also... It can be crowded, and there is no sidewalk - you'll be walking on the street, with everyone else.
Written 20 December 2014
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Lyon, France319 contributions
Sep. 2014 • Couples
Only on the first Saturday of each month. Great atmosphere, music bands, restaurants etc.. All is for sale : new and old.
Written 22 September 2014
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Urla, Turkey165 contributions
Don't miss it if you are in Rion on right day
May 2013 • Family
This splendid street bazaar is set on first saturday of each month. If you happen to be in Rio on right date, it is well worth a visit and few hours spent there. There are few temporary antiques stands (more to be found on proper aiitque shops lined up on the street itself). But the real treasure are the art objects, textiles and even souvenir-like objects, which are of a much better quality and more resonable price than the ones you would fine in tourist shops or Copacabana or Ipanema stree markets.
Easily accessible by subway (Cinelandia station).
Written 12 May 2013
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