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“A great place to shop and spend time”

Saara Shopping District
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Saara Shopping District Tour in Rio de Janeiro
Ranked #94 of 710 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“A great place to shop and spend time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

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!

Visited March 2013
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“Great market downtown.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Take Sa'ara for what it is. Today it is virtually impossible to find a market anywhere in the work not infected by chinese plastic stuff.

But luckily Sa'ara is much more than that. Filled with Brazilian souvenirs at cheap prices, wickerworks, wooden antiques, soccer team shirts (not original) and - not to forget - it is where the Cariocas buy their costumes, fabric, beads and plumes for the carneval.

Sa'ara is classic Rio. It is a place everybody knows and where you can get anything. There's always a new short or funny glasses or some other gimmick in fashion in Rio's suburbs and that makes Sa'ara such an entertaining place. It changes all the time.

Watch your valuable, but you need not to be overly worried.

The other places that compares to Sa'ara is "Mercadão de Madureira" - that is huge.

Visited March 2013
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“Cheap shopping in Rio”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

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.

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“Popular flea market”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

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!!!

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“Good Place to Shop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

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.

Visited December 2012
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