Are you looking for a real market experience while you are staying in Rio de Janeiro? Then check out the SAARA market in downtown – short for Sociedade de Amigos das Adjacências from Rua da Alfândega. At the hectic streets of SAARA you’ll find everything from beachwear and carnival costumes to electronics and many others. This market is concidered the best place in Rio for cheap shopping if you want to escape from the expensive and fancy shopping malls in the neighborhood of “Zona Sul”.
How to get to the SAARA market?
It’s easy to get there, if you are coming from Ipanema or Copacabana the best way is to take the subway until “Uruguaiana“, this way you will arrive at the center of the market. If you feel more comfortable to go by cab, just tell the taxi driver that you are going to downtown – Uruguaiana / the SAARA market. For more information, see map below.
Monday – Friday from 9 am – 6 pm. (or later in some cases)
Saturday 9 am – 2 pm
Sundays and holidays closed
Founded in the early 1960s, the market got its name by an initiative group of merchants in one of the oldest and most interesting parts of the center- Rua da Alfândega. Sociedade de Amigos das Adjacências from Rua da Alfândega means in English Society of Friends of the Alfândega Street and Surroundings.
Find cheap clothing stores, party items, carnival costumes and more than you can imagine at SAARA. Today, this gigantic market is a shopping district which covers 11 streets in the old downtown of Rio de Janeiro, with more than 600 shops that sell products for all tastes and budgets.
Very popular among locals, this district is also attractive for many tourists who come here to get good prices and to experience the busy market life. Just walking trough its narrow streets makes you notice interesting stores with stuff you didn’t know still existed. SAARA is by far the best place to go if you are looking for party decorations, home decoration, Christmas decoration and carnival costumes and accessories to wear at the carnival blocos.
You also find many other useful (or not) items, as: toys, clothing, Havaianas, jewelry, flowers, footwear, hair products, electronics, decorations, etc. – and everything for a very reasonable price.
The SAARA market is huge, so you probably need to spend some hours here; but don’t worry, there are several good and cheap restaurants where you can rest between walking around at the market. You find restaurants that serve everything from the typical Brazilian dish “feijoada”, kilo restaurants, snack bars and a Lebanese restaurant called “ Cedro do Libano” where they serve their main dish Krafta with hummus and rice with lentils.
Are you going to the SAARA market to find costumes and accessories for the carnival? Then you should check out some of the stores below.
Rua Regente Feijó 110/C
Rodrigão (for kids)
Rua Senhor dos Passos 164
Rua da Alfândega 171 and 173
Rua Senhor dos Passos 153