The Feira do Rio Antigo in downtown Rio de Janeiro is an antiques fair, but over the years, it has grown to become a hugely popular monthly event that sees hundreds of local artists, clothes designers and antiques dealers set up stall in the picturesque historic center of the city.
Shoppers at the Feira do Rio Antigo — Photo courtesy of Lucy Bryson
The fair takes place on the first Saturday of each month (It's actually held each week in the run up to Christmas.). The event is given a colorful Carioca twist with the addition of live samba bands. Meanwhile, vendors sell vintage vinyl and musical memorabilia, as well as new and vintage fashion. Look out for funky handmade dresses and cool, old-school sunglasses.
Feira do Rio Antigo takes place on and around Rua do Lavradio, the oldest street in Rio de Janeiro. Many of the tall and handsome colonial buildings have been converted into bars and restaurants - their sidewalk tables and chairs attract shoppers and sightseers to take a pit stop and relax over a cooling beer, zingy caipirinha, energizing coffee or a hearty lunch.
This once-per-month street market officially takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but the bars and restaurants stay open well into the night, and many visitors may find themselves drawn to linger longer than they anticipated. For those who can make the distance, the famously lively Lapa street party takes place nearby, offering cachaca-charged nocturnal fun until the sun rises.