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Saara, Rio de Janeiro: Address, Phone Number, Saara Reviews: 4/5

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The area
Neighborhood: Centro
Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
How to get there
  • Uruguai • 3 min walk
  • Uruguaiana • 3 min walk
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Ilmar T
Perth, Australia479 contributions
This is a series of streets with buildings that date back to the nineteenth century. It is the place where large numbers of Rio locals do their shopping. There is a large selection of goods from electronics to clothing and tends to get crowded. bargaining is mandatory in most places and prices are cheaper than in other areas of Rio. Most people speak only Portuguese but as they are interested in business this is generally not an issue. In appearance it resembles places like Singapore Chinatown in the 1970s so definitely worth a visit if you have the time. You can get a good impression in under an hour.
Written February 13, 2020
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Kaleidescapings
Johannesburg, South Africa69 contributions
Couples
The Saara market covers a few city blocks, and sells almost anything you can imagine. From souvenirs and cheap clothing, to Havaianas and household oddities, it's all here. The only problem is hunting through it all to find what you want; you could easily spend all day here.
Tip: Try to leave the area by 14:30 or so as it gets dodgy later in the day
Written January 6, 2020
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SF Guy
San Francisco, CA789 contributions
Solo
This is a great vibrant market that offers shopping, dining and many services. It is a sprawling market that covers an wide area of Centro. Also, there are great deals. A must go in Rio.
Written December 31, 2020
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Soloista
Male1,989 contributions
Friends
If you are planning to go to the beach but forgot to bring your Brazillian Bikini, this is a place for it. The 2 pieces (mix and match) cost around R50, while the popular beach towel can be around R25!! super cheap compare to those selling in store near the beach.
Written November 16, 2016
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Diogo V
Belo Horizonte, MG263 contributions
Solo
Find here the lowest prices in Rio. In the heart of the city center, just a few meters from Uruguaiana and Presidente Vargas Metro stations. The market is the area between Rua Uruguaiana and Praça da República, along three of for streets, such as Rua da Alfandega, Rua Senhor dos Passos and Rua Buenos Aires, and it is usually crowded, specially on the weeks before Carnival, Christmas or Mothers' Day (early May). However, it's really worth it to pay a visit. You will find lots of cheap chinese junk, of course. And some other shoppers might bump you with their bags. Except from that, Saara is a vivid place, very colorful and where you may find things that you have never seen. I don't recommend the part near Rua Uruguaiana, where the tents are, because everything there is fake. The best part - speacially if you are looking for price and quality altogether - is the one where there are real stores. There you can find souvenirs, gold and silver quality jewels at the jewelry shops, clothes (specially for the ladies), crafts in wood or rattan... You can also have a nice snack at a Casa Pedro store. Ask there for a kibe and a esfiha. Then, go inside and ask for some authentic large brazil nuts (say "castanha do pará grande"). You will love it!
Written April 16, 2013
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MClaudia C
3 contributions
If you are looking for bargains and popular items, this is THE place. Located at the heart of the city, easy access by metro and bus, crowded all day long (especially on saturday). Arab and Portuguese restaurants (good prices). Reserve one morning or afternoon to walk on this three 2 km streets and many secondary streets, looking for cheap gifts, clothes, deco, toys, etc, etc. It's not a mustsee: it's a mustbuy, lol!!!
Written February 19, 2013
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pruk70
London, UK18 contributions
Having spent a morning looking at shops in ipanema and not impressed by the high prices we thought we'd give saara a go. The metro stops right inside the market, the square you arrive in is full of fake wares but off down the numerous pedestriansed streets there are hundreds more shops. It's certainly cheaper here but the quality varies. I found nice t-shirts at a third of the price of ipanema and Copacabana. There's also some other sites nearby like the cathedral so its worth checking out.
Written March 22, 2013
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DoceNik86
New York City, NY12 contributions
Solo
Recently went to Saara to get some souvenoirs and it was definitely worth the trip. Very Brazilian shopping area and didn't see many tourists. The malls are so expensive and so are some of the things vendors sell on the beach.Saara has everything from clothing stores, bathing suits/trunks, household items, cds, perfume, sunglasses,watches, cellphones/cameras, key chains, jewelry, havaianas ... it's all there and very reasonably priced. Quick access off the metro stop Uruguaiana. I went on a Saturday and it was very crowded. Just be prepared to walk a bit since there a lot of different stores and much to see.
Written December 22, 2012
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FijiBoo
Doha, Qatar55 contributions
After living in Rio for 4.5yrs and having endless visits to Saara, this is what I have to share. Firstly Saara is a great place for backpackers looking to shop at a reasonable price. When we first arrived in Rio, I would have said Rio was great affordable shopping but 2yrs after we got here prices spiked & its really become quite ridiculous. So for backpackers its a great place to get some brazilian souvenirs, clothing, shoes without spending a fortune. The quality of clothes in Brazil in general is NOT great but I've never had problems with shoes & have bought many a pair from Saara. Saara is the place where Brazilians buy stuff to sell on the side of the streets of Copacabana/Ipanema/Leblon, where tourists will pay 3 or 4 times for stuff. For me living in Rio, its where I can buy my decorations for Xmas/Carnaval/Halloween costumes & so forth, with a fantastic variety & very very reasonable prices. Im a very crafty person, love to embroid, paint, bead & so forth....Saara has been my to go to place....again the variety is endless & the prices are unbeatable...compared to shopping in Copacabana/Ipanema/Leblon. I have also bought alot of household stuff like plastic containers/ kitchen ware & adapters & so much more for half the price I would pay in the main town areas. The only advice I have.. is to go as early as possible.....as it really starts to get busy before lunch and after.....and with the heat & people rushing around it does get alittle uncomfortable, so dress cool. My trip to Saara is always well worth my R$6.20 return by Metro! Dont forget your shopping bag! :)
P.S I gave it 4 stars because its not the most comfortable shopping environment, as in there is no aircon shops, all the shops are small & you really have to squeeze about to get to stuff & one of the more annoying things most little shops require you to give your stuff to sales attend where she makes a list of your purchases than give you a bill that you then take to the cashier & pay, then she gives you a reciept which you then take to another person who will hand you your purchases! Welcome to Saara shopping! :)
Written February 17, 2012
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Candy Li
Portland, OR299 contributions
Solo
Widest selection of merchandise downtown!! I just so happened to stumble upon by accident while exploring downtown. The district covers at least 10 blocks so if you can’t find what you are looking for here, it’s probably not in Rio. The prices are also unbeatable, especially for the clothing. Also, great souvenirs!
Written May 27, 2019
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