Saara Shopping District, Rio de Janeiro

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Neighborhood Tourist Spot
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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  • Area full of shops of all kinds, with possibility of purchases at low price. Place to go, preferably alone, because you're usually tumultuous. You can spend all day there and not see even a third of the stores. There are restaurants and snack bars in profusion in the area.
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  • It is not a very nice place, but there is everything. Ideal for a day that you can't go to the beach or to the attractions that require a cloudless sky. Affordable prices. There are no things in design, nor original crafts.
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  • Interesting trip, we went to tram leaving the RIVER Aquarium, going to the end point that is in the Sahara, stopping very close. Pedestrian only streets in your majority, with shops for all tastes, toys, foods, trinkets. Finish with a snack in colombo. Go without purse and watch, not to have problems.
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