São Cristovão Fair
We have your Saturday mapped out; shop for handmade crafts and traditional food, whilst enjoying the street performances
It's not just a fair
Maracaná is not the only attraction in the São Cristovão neighbourhood. Its pavillion, on Campo de São Cristóvão Street, is home to this popular fair (www.feiradesaocristovao.org.br), also known as Noreste Market, on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. Established in the 60s as an open-air street market, it allowed its visitors to buy all types of products typical of the Bahia, Maranão, Rio Grande do Norte and Piauí states. The enclosure, which has been remodelled over the last ten years, currently has more than 700 stalls and a number of vendors offering a wide selection of handicrafts, amongst which you will find hammocks, key-rings and hats. Food and drink also plays its part at this market, with many readily prepared meals and smoked meats. More than 3,000 people visit every weekend in search of spices, cheeses, butter and other delicacies. But let's not forget that it is also a place to go for a bit of fun during your free time. The fair is surrounded by bars and restaurants which, on Saturday nights, host a mass of musical performances. Amongst the most requested rhythms are the forró, xote, baião and xaxado, typical of North-Eastern Brazil.