Feira de São Cristóvão recreates a traditional market of people from Brazil’s northeast, called nordestinos.
Lee São Cristóvão is one of the premier spots to be on a Friday night in Rio de Janeiro. It looks as if it is a stadium but it is actually one enormous building filled with restaurants, shops and a stage with live music! Everything is inexpensive and the food is delicious, but the best part of the night is the live music. The most amazing bands play traditional Brazilian music while everyone dances in front of the stage.
Sean Standing outside of São Cristóvão was a group of students who originally thought the building looked like a soccer stadium. The fair was held in an enormous pavilion and the interior consisted mainly of restaurants, shops and vendors. Each restaurant had its own business gimmick; some were Italian restaurants, while others had a Brazilian gaucho theme, with their employees forced to wear outdated hats. After dining at one of the steakhouses, our group went to the main stage where a samba band was playing. Many people were dancing in front of the stage. There were children playing a game of tag within the dance crowds. The women in our group were asked by locals to join them in a samba dance; when the locals realized that the women didn’t know how to do the samba, they were friendly and gave lessons. Overall, São Cristóvão had a festive mood in the air. During the entire night it appeared that we were the only group of tourists; because of this the experience gave me some insight into how typical Brazilians would spend their time.
Gabe São Cristóvão was a neat little fair that was inside of an arena. There were several small souvenir shops and an array of restaurants that offered food from many cultures. São Cristóvão also had a live band that was simply amazing. Most of their music was Brazilian, of course, but right before our group left for the night the band played covers of “Genie in a Bottle” and “Umbrella,” which seemed like a farewell to their new American fans.
Morgan Upon first glance São Cristóvão could be mistaken for a sports stadium, but once you walk in it is a shopper’s paradise, with rows of vendors selling everything from slabs of meat to mixed drinks and musical instruments. Do not worry if you spend too much time there since it is a host to over 20 restaurants and has a live performance at each end. Appropriate for all ages.