Saara Shopping District, Rio de Janeiro
(3.2/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
A far cry from Rio's polished, air-conditioned malls, Saara Shopping District is open, always bustling, and a mecca for, well, just about anything. This fun shopping district, established by Arab and Jewish merchants at the end of the 19th century, spans 11 streets downtown where you will find some 600 shops, all with bargain prices. Now is your chance to stock up on essentials, specifically the Havaianas flip-flops and costumes for Carnival, when, in the days preceding, the crowds reach an almost frenzied state. In the background, you'll hear Rádio Saara's tirades and improvised jingles juxtaposed with Carioca funk music. Dozens of restaurants serve good, inexpensive food with a predominantly Middle Eastern influence. Arrange your visit to Saara Shopping District and discover more family-friendly attractions in Rio de Janeiro using our Rio de Janeiro vacation builder.
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  • the place has good stores but the Chinese dominated the scene. How much crap, you need to look good for good things. Taking the Chinese crap brand outlets there. The Zinzane, a very expensive store, has a on the street Senhor dos Passos, sells beautiful dresses for affordable prices. I can buy a dress by 100 and little that would cost about 400/500 on regular store, worth checking out. There are nice shops, even found Chinese fabrics and many Indian shops, if you like.
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  • Saara district is found in the Centre of rio, and is reachable by metro station Uruguaiana, cheap things are but check the quality because there are many products of Chinese origin. It is obviously more cheap to buy in shops or malls of Copacabana, must walk through narrow streets full of shops. For a Chilean who reads this comment is like going to Meigs street or Board in Santiago, or district Once in Buenos Aires, must move with caution by the high flow of people, there are places to eat food, to 2016 for Chileans Octuibre prices were not very favorable, except for Havaianas and swimsuits , t-shirts, but in general in Chile this clothes cheaper. Had interest buy tools but are expensive the price of chile. Don't forget that Santiago has become the miami shopping for Argentines and Brazilians... The shopping center in rio in general are expensive so this sector called saara is the more favorable of rio de janeiro
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  • I would highly recommend this place to buy souvenirs of Rio de Janeiro much more cheaply than in any other place in Rio, there are many varied shops, restaurant and is quite safe, as well as easy access. I found the cheapest havaianas in this place.
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