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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  • Got a few souvenirs, some good looking knock-off sneakers, and carnival costumes here for very cheap. That being said, I found better quality souvenirs at the Sunday Hippie Fair in Praça Osório in Ipa...  more »
  • Best place if you're a tourist in Rio to buy mementos and Souvenirs at a decent price. Emergency clothes purchases as well. Shop around for best prices and quality.  more »
  • our airbnb host took us there to get a phone fixed, we went around to find out that it has a lot of thing for fair prices, specially souvenirs which were way cheaper than other places, food was also r...  more »