Oscar Freire is a street known for its luxury stores, but whenever I’m there at the tail of the street, in the segment that branches from Dr. Arnaldo avenue, what I hear are the funny screams of vendors selling their fish… and herbs, greens, vegetables and fruit at the open-air market.
This typical neighborhood market is a must for those who like to eat well and prepare their own food, because you can take a bunch of cheap stuff home and make a super Sunday lunch, with everything fresh.
There’s no way I can go there without having a taste of a variety of fruits, is delicious! But that’s because of the “battle” of the vendors, who shout out traditional market one-liners to win their customers. The one I get every time is “Help me, buy a papaya!”
The curious thing is that it is located on an overpass, above Sumaré avenue, so it’s a suspended, elevated market! It’s high up with a very nice view of the subway train passing along the other fly-over, the traffic below, the city.
Going to the open-air market of Oscar Freire ends up being a very pleasant stroll and in order to regain some energy for the remaining weekend routine, it’s always best to have the famous combo: pastel with sugar cane juice.