Every week, locals and tourists alike flock to the vibrant open-air market Feira de Antiguidades da Praça XV in the center of Rio de Janeiro. With over 350 stalls selling a vast array of different items, Feira de Antiguidades da Praça XV is often regarded as one of the best flea markets in Latin America and certainly one of the best flea markets in Brazil.
The Feira de Antiguidades da Praça XV flea market was first set up under the perimetral highway overpass in 1976 as a way for people to exchange their goods and quickly grew and developed into a sprawling flea market. In 2013, when the overpass was demolished to make way for 2016 Olympic Games construction, the market was relocated to the nearby Praça do Paço Imperial where it can be found today, next to the Imperial Palace Cultural Center.
From vintage cameras to historic relics, second-hand clothing to antique furniture and everything in between – there is a huge variety of goods at the Feira de Antiguidades da Praça XV, so be prepared to sort through a lot of stuff to find the treasures. As the antique market is so popular, it pays to arrive early in the morning to get to the gems first. It is also acceptable, and fun, to negotiate with the sellers for better prices.
The weekly antique market Feira de Antiguidades da Praça XV is conveniently located within walking distance of Carioca Metro station. The flea market is monitored by security guards and is generally a safe environment to explore. A stay at Rio de Janeiro is incomplete without a visit to this flea market and with a bit of patience and perseverance, it is easy to find something to take home.