Saara Shopping District, Rio de Janeiro

(3.2/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This is the typical place that I recommend everyone looking for cheaper priced products. The great appeal of this central region of Rio de Janeiro makes you overlook the turmoil is walking through these streets, always clogged with people, because the cost x benefit found here is simply unbeatable. Come with comfortable shoes, because you will probably walk through the streets of the Sahara.
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  • I mainly opinaré as Chilean from Santiago. What sold in Saara mostly is Chinese, little or nothing of memories of Brazil. If want memories, go to the fair Hippie of Ipanema them Sunday, in that if you can find something of handicraft. In Saara, find more than the 70% of the products in Chile, and more cheap. We have better agreements with China, therefore, we get these cheaper products. The majority of people will not for many days River, and losing many hours in this place, not worth it, or if you want with this idea "might find something". If come from Chile, all what is shopping, is more cheap in our country. Come to Rio to enjoy the natural wonders of the people.
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  • It is very nice to walk through the streets of the Sahara, a great place for shopping, we found everything and great rates! We found, clothes, bijous, shoes, decor, food, and more! Safe place, happy people and feisty!
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