Experience one of Rio’s hidden treasures when it comes to markets in Rio de Janeiro. Cadeg is the biggest wholesale outlet in Rio and it’s a paradise for shoppers that love culture and are looking for good prices.
How to get to CADEG
Cadeg is a bit tucked away from all the tourist attractions as this big marked is located in Zona Norte. It’s a 15-30 minutes drive from Ipanema/Copacabana, depending on traffic. The best way to get there is by taxi, car or a personal driver.
Adress: R. Cap. Félix, 110 – Benfica, Rio de Janeiro
Opening hours: Cadeg opens at 1:00 am at night for the people that are selling fruit and vegetables on “Feiras Livres”. If you get there in the morning, around 8am-10am, it shouldn’t be a problem. You will still get good quality and maybe even better prices.
CADEG (“Centro de Abastecimento do Estado da Guanabara“) is an indoor market hall about 100, 000- square-meter and it’s primarily a wholesale outlet with more than 350 shops which supply Rio’s restaurants and shops.
At Cadeg, you get really good prices, high quality and the selection is huge. You are able to buy everything from fresh seafood, tasty meat, fruits, vegetables, wines, oils, nuts, utensils , cheap plants, jars, vases and everything else food related. They also have a separate hall next door that sells wonderful flowers to a good price. (You can might be surprised to pay 80 % less than in Ipanema or Leblon).
They also have a great little shop downstairs that sells cake decorations and other accessories and equipment you need for baking and birthday parties.
For more information about Cadeg check out their webpage!
If you have some spare time you should try out some of the restaurants at Cadeg. Here you can eat real Brazilian food like Feijoada, which is a dish of black beans with meats and sausages on its sauce, and farofa, collard greens, vinagrete and torresmo as side orders. They are also very famous for their Bacalhau at Cadeg, which is a dish prepared with codfish. If you are not hungry, it’s nice to just sit down and watch the locals while you grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.