Hello! Do you know where to find a fruit market in Rio de Janeiro? So, today with our free Portuguese lesson for foreigners you will!
Finding a Fruit Market in Rio de Janeiro
If you want to buy fruit for a lower price than the supermarket then you should look for a street market or Quitanda. Quitanda is a small store or stall that sells only fruit and vegetables. We can also call the quitanda a sacolão or hortifrúti and we can find everywhere in the city. You’ll not only find cheaper fruit, but also fresher!
In some street markets you can also buy clothes, gifts, handmade products and some good souvenirs too, not only fruit and food.
There are many different markets to buy fruits and vegetables in Rio de Janeiro. Let’s have o look at a list with the best markets in the city:
Praça General Osório
Located in Ipanema, this market starts every Tuesday morning at the entrance to the metro station and continues around the square. It offers a large choice of fresh fruits and most of them are native ones, you can also taste different fruits, many that you probably won’t find in your country. Bring a big bag with you because you won’t leave without buying at least one kind of fruit.
Professor Ortiz Monteiro
Located in Laranjeiras, this market has plenty of fruit and veg including sweet potatoes, cassava, varieties of orange, as well as cheese, meat, herbs and spices. The vendors are also open to bargain, as with the most farmer’s markets in Rio. So don’t settle for the first price they offer. It opens every Saturday early in the morning.
Nossa Senhora da Paz square
Based in Ipanema, this market takes place in a square every Friday morning. Besides selling fruit and vegetables, it’s also possible to buy a good variety of cheeses, herbs and fresh meat. But be careful, the meat stalls are not for the faint hearted, there is everything from prime cuts to feet, tripe, lungs and other organs. If you’re a meat lover, this is your place!
Felicio dos Santos street
This market in Santa Teresa sells almost everything: the fruit and veg tick all the boxes when it comes to diversity, vendors are always offering visitors samples of their goods; they also sell fish with the catch of the day proudly laid out. There are also herbs, spices, cheese, and meat for sale, as well as locally produced handicrafts. They open every Friday.
Igreja São José da Lagoa square
Open every Saturday, this farmer’s market takes place in the beautiful area of Jardim Botânico, which is part of the Tijuca Forest, one of the biggest urban forests in the world. They sell all types of fruit and vegetables, be sure to check out the bananas, there are many different types! The tastes and smells are a good challenge for the senses.
Serzedelo Corrêa Square
This market is located in Copacabana really close to our school and is open every Monday. It’s possible to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. In this market is also possible to have a pit stop a buy a snack. Become a true carioca and eat the classic combo pastel and caldo de cana.
We also have a really nice fruit market in Copacabana, in Bittencourt Square. There you can buy fresh fruit, fish, vegetables… You can go there every Wednesday from 08:00 to 13:00.
Organic markets in Rio
Of course we have organic farmer’s markets in Rio too. Here, rather than in stores, it’s easier to find fresher items and products grown and sold by small producers. Take a look:
This market offers a good amount of certified organic fruit and vegetables, wonderful options for those looking to eat organically. They may not have the shine and perfection of supermarket produce, but they have an incomparable fresh, rich flavor. Other produce for sale here includes things such as homemade bread, biscuits, and locally produced honey, coffee, herbs, and grains. Open on Saturdays.
Organic market in Bairro Peixoto
In Bittencourt Square we also have an organic market. There you can buy handmade products from small producers and artisans from all over Brazil. You can go there on Saturdays from 08:00 to 13:00.
Now that we know where to find fruit markets in Rio de Janeiro, let’s read a dialogue and learn some vocabulary that we can use in a quitanda:
Dialogue about fruit market in Rio de Janeiro
Atendente: Boa tarde, freguesa!
Freguesa: Boa tarde! As bananas estão maduras?
Atendente: Estão sim!
Freguesa: Então eu quero por favor, um quilo (1kg) de banana, dois quilos e meio (2,5kg) de maçã vermelha e meio quilo (1/2 kg) de uvas.
Atendente: Certo. Aqui está! As uvas estão bem frescas. Algo mais?
Freguesa: Sim. Quero também alguns legumes e verduras. Um molho de alface, uma abóbora, meio quilo (1/2 kg) de cebola e tomate, um pimentão, umas três berinjelas.
Atendente: Aqui está. O que mais?
Freguesa: Também quero uma chicória, agrião e uma salsa.
Atendente: Só isso?
Freguesa: Sim. Só isso. Muito obrigado!
Atendente: De nada, freguesa. Volte sempre!
Translation of the dialogue about fruit market in Rio de Janeiro
Clerk: Good afternoon, customer!
Customer: Good afternoon! Are the bananas ripe?
Clerk: Yes, they are!
Customer: So please, I want one kilo (1kg) of bananas, two and a half kilos (2,5kg) of red apples and half a kilo of grapes.
Clerk: Right. Here it is! The grapes are really fresh. Anything else?
Customer: Yes. I also want some vegetables. A head of lettuce, a pumpkin, half a kilo (1/2 kg) of onions and tomatoes, a bell pepper and three eggplants.
Clerk: Here it is. What else?
Customer: I also want some chicory, a bunch of watercress and a bunch of parsley.
Clerk: Is that all?
Customer: Yes. That’s all. Thank you very much!
Clerk: You’re welcome, customer. Thank you for your business!
Vocabulary about Fruit Market in Rio de Janeiro
|Um quilo||One kilo|
|Dois quilos e meio||Two and a half kilos|
|Maça vermelha||Red apple|
|Meio quilo||Half a kilo|
|Molho de alface||Head of lettuce|
|Pimentão||Bell Pepper (Capsicum)|
Is everything ok? Now you have more options to buy fruit. Are there any street markets in your country? Where else can you buy fruit? Come have Portuguese classes with us in Rio, and we’ll take you there.
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