Saara Shopping District, Rio de Janeiro

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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. To visit Saara Shopping District and other attractions in Rio de Janeiro, use our Rio de Janeiro attractions planning app .
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  • The Sahara is the most traditional popular market of downtown Rio de Janeiro, it is everything, clothes, toys, among other things. The prices are very attractive, the only problem is that depending on the time of year near Christmas, the streets are really very crowded.
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  • La verdad expected but, ropa de mala calidad, precios bien al comercio formal time alike variety, well cosa china y bag. It only bueno una en Sandals offer buy en Havaianas I really expected more, low quality clothes, very similar to formal trade prices, little variety, much Chinese and bad. The only good that the Sandals offered that I bought in Havaianas
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  • This place is a bit of everything that you are looking for. Also known as camel fair. It is close to the exit of the subway Uruguaiana.
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