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 desert is a great place for those who need to buy things at affordable rates. The variety is huge and pen the Carnival costume, going through decoration material, and packaging. The only necessary attention is with theft because it is an area with a lot of punks.
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  • Great fair, I recommend arriving by underground (station Uruguaiana) you can find everything, clothes, technology, etc. you must buy in this fair the souvenirs and gifts of your trip, save you some lucas. Seeing a bottle of water!
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  • super cool place I thought well organized on the day I went was very hot but all the stores had air conditioning
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