You’re looking for new shoes, but they are too expensive? So, let us introduce you to… Uruguaiana Market in Rio de Janeiro!
Uruguaiana Market in Rio de Janeiro
This Dica will introduce you to a place where you can buy anything! Uruguaiana Market or, Centro Comercial Uruguaiana, is a popular market in Rio where you can buy everything you’re looking for, at the cheapest price in the city. It was created in 1994 so that the street vendors or as we call them, camelôs, could sell their products without walking around the city.
This market also has another name: Saara. Saara means Society of Friends Adjacent to Alfândega Street. We, from Rio de Janeiro, often call it Uruguaiana or Saara.
The point of creating this space was to make a place for the camelôs so they wouldn’t have to work on the streets anymore. Sometimes plans go wrong, right? The plan of our politicians didn’t work as well as they thought and you can still find vendors working on the streets today. The up side is that now we have this amazing place to go shopping! YEEEES!
What can I buy there? You ask. That’s very simple! Anything you want! Clothes, accessories, video games, jewelry… the thing is, everything you’re looking for will be cheaper here than anywhere else in the city. And, of course, it is THE BEST PLACE to buy souvenirs and gifts for your friends and family. Buying things is a great way to learn and practice your Portuguese in Brazil!
How to get there
I bet that now you want to rush down there immediately, right? Don’t worry, we’ll explain to you how you can get there.
Uruguaiana Market is located right in the center of Rio, so it is very easy to get there. The best way to do so is by metro. And guess what! There is a metro station named Uruguaiana, right inside the Uruguaiana Market. You just have to come out through exit A and that’s it! You’re inside the Uruguaiana Market in Rio de Janeiro.
Opening hours of Saara in Rio
When can go there? Check out their schedule here:
|From Monday to Friday||From 9:00 to 19:00|
|Saturdays||From 9:00 to 14:00|
During holidays and Sundays, is common that the stores are closed.
Security tips for Uruguaiana market
The place is amazing? Yes, but there are some things that you should know before going there. This is a not a specific tourist spot, it’s a popular market where just locals go. So, if you are a tourist you have to be extra careful there. People will see that you are foreigner and you have to pay close attention and be careful. If you want security tips about Rio, check out this Dica.
It’s important to use your backpack or bags close to your body and important things like documents, cellphone and your wallet must be hidden and kept close to you too.
If you are going to buy something, don’t buy in first store that you find. Take a little time to look for other stores because you are probably going to find cheaper prices if you do a little research. There they offer a lot of used and new cellphones as well as repairing services. Pay attention to this, because sometimes the cellphones that they sell there may be stolen products.
Buying products that are from well-known brands it’s not a good idea too, because, as you can imagine from the cheap price, they might be false.
Be aware of this, and go buy more common stuff such as souvenirs, products for your house, books, clothes, etc.. , that way you won’t have any problems.