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. 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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  • We were afraid, but it was a super quiet experience. Place organized, with hardworking people, a lot of people shopping and great opportunities. Much more organized that March 25, the movement between the streets and shops is a lot easier. Great decorating shops, handicrafts, accessories. Clothes aren't worth it, are of terrible quality, but the rest pays off.
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  • Several shopping options at popular prices. Many establishments with few employees which may take longer than you would like. Be on the clock!
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  • Infinite place. Easy access sales of the metro station and are in the middle of the fair. Muchisisimas things. Ideal for souvenirs more cheap keychains that sell at 10 or 15 real there in Sugar Loaf or the Christ you can find 2 or 3 reais. Although they (cariocas) say that there is cheap (in terms of anything else other than souvenirs) If you're Chilean, is not it! It is still expensive compared to our Board of Trustees or Persian.
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