Hello, guys! Do you know where to find a fruit market in Rio de Janeiro? So, today with a Dica do Dia you will!
Fruit Market in Rio de Janeiro
If you want to buy fruits for a lower price than the supermarket then you should look for a Quitanda. Quitanda is a small market that sells only fruits and vegetables. We can also call the quitanda a sacolão or hortifrúti and we can find in every part of the city.
There are many different markets to buy fruits and vegetables in Rio de Janeiro. Let’s see a list with the top 6 best markets in the city:
Praça General Osório
Located in Ipanema, this market starts every Tuesday in the morning at the entrance of the metro station and going around the square. It offers a large amount of fresh fruits and most of them are native ones. 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 is market based on a closed off road is complete with plenty of sweet potatoes, cassava, varieties of oranges, as well as cheeses, meats, herbs, and spices. The vendors are also open to bargain, lower and make a good deal. It’s open every Saturday early in the morning.
Nossa Senhora da Paz square
Based in Ipanema, this market is all over a square. It starts every Friday morning. Besides selling fruits and vegetables, it’s also possible to buy a good variety of cheese, herbs and fresh meat. But be careful, the meat parts are not for those with a sensitive stomach, there are since prime cuts to lungs and other organs.
Felicio dos Santos street
This market in Santa Teresa sells almost everything: the fruits and vegetables tick all the boxes when it comes to diversity look, vendors are always going for visitors to try their samples; they also sell fish with catches of the day proudly laid out that, showing just how rich the marine life is off the coast of Rio. There are also herbs, spices, cheese, and meat for sale, as well as locally produced handcrafts. They open every Friday.
Igreja São José da Lagoa square
Open every Saturday, this fair 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 fruits and vegetables, be sure to check out the bananas, there are different types, their taste and smell are a good challenge for the senses. There are also breads, herbs, spices and dried meat for sale.
This market offers a good amount of certified organic fruits 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 there includes such as bread, biscuits, locally produced honey, coffee, herbs, and grains. Open on Saturdays.
Serzedelo Corrêa Square
This market is located in Copacabana, besides being really close to our school, it is open every Monday. It’s possible to buy fresh fruits and vegetables that are sold around here. In this market is also possible to do a pit stop to buy a snack, the classic pastel and caldo de cana is the best option to eat.
Now that we know where to find a fruit market in Rio de Janeiro, let’s read a dialogue and learn some vocabulary that we can use in a quitanda:
Dialogue in a quitanda
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 in a quitanda
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 green pepper and three eggplants.
Clerk: Here it is. What else?
Customer: I also want some chicory, a bunch of cress 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!
Is everything ok, guys? Now we have one more option to buy fruits. Are there any quitandas in your country? Where else can you buy fruits? If you want more Portuguese tips, subscribe at A Dica do Dia or send a tweet to our Twitter account.
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Vocabulário de Quitanda
Dois quilos e meio
Molho de alface
Two and a half kilos
Half a kilo
Head of lettuce