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 area of Rio is very animated, he y' has a lot of people in the streets, the buildings are colonial style, a colossal number of Tower type store. I Council you stop at the mythical cafeitera colombo.
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  • Shopping site all you imagine, cheap prices but the quality is not very boa.tem a lot of swag.
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  • Is nice to walk but not is more cheap that go to buy in shopping... There are a number of shops to see and the attention is very good... it is important to know that attention is until 7 pm and then there is nothing open or nobody... gets very lonely and with many people sleeping in the street...
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