Rio de Janeiro’s vibrant and colorful Sunday market

When I booked my ticket to Rio de Janeiro, I had only one thing in mind (well, apart from the handsome surfers hanging around the beach): Ipanema’s Feira Hippie, the artisan market that every Sunday sets its stalls in Praça General Osorio, in the exclusive Ipanema district.

I’m a big fan of open markets, and Brazilian traditional handicraft really gets under my skin with its sensual mix of tribal, colorful and apparently casual style. Bags, clothes, bikinis, ethnic jewelry, precious stones, wooden and stone birds, Bahia-style dolls, leather wallets, suitcases, purses shoes and jackets, paintings, incense burners, totems and amulets, natural soaps, here you can find literally everything.

Whatever your interests and tastes are, if you ever decide to include Brazil in your trip to South America and travel to Rio de Janeiro, too, don’t miss this burst of colors and vitality, because if you do, this might haunt you as the biggest regret of the tour.

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Colorful ethnic jewelry hanging all around a stall
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Wooden necklaces for a tribal look
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Reproducing earth’s produce for home decoration
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Flip flops anyone?
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Pencils and bracelets in a burst of colors
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Tribal necklaces from the origins
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Colorful wallets and small cases
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Keyrings could not miss
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Typical local parrots carved out from local precious stones
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Out of precious stones also colorful trees
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Bahia-style dolls
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Colorful parrots come in wood, too
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Spheres of precious stones, I couldn’t resist from buying one reminding of the earth…
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Colorful pencils for typical colorful drawings
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More colorful stone parrots
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Seriously, being Rio and the country of the samba, could we miss a fantastic performance by these young percussionists?
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Artistic director and assistant
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The full orchestra creating the tribal vibe and pleasing passers-by. I wish I had my videocamera with me!

41 thoughts on “Rio de Janeiro’s vibrant and colorful Sunday market”

  1. As you can imagine, I’ve seen many of these items at other markets in Brazil. I love these photos and how you captured so many details. I didn’t get to a market when I was in Rio…next time for sure!


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