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Ipanema - Leblon

Relax on beautiful beaches, shop for fashion and revel in the nightlife of one of Rio de Janeiro’s most stylish areas.

An air of hip sophistication resonates throughout the streets of Ipanema - Leblon, two adjacent upmarket neighborhoods. The Atlantic Ocean laps at a golden sand beach while fashion outlets line the pavements of leafy boulevards. Beach bars serve delicious street food, galleries promote local artists and the nightlife swings to the infectious sounds of bossa nova and samba.

Start by exploring the long stretch of beach that fronts both neighborhoods. Walk along the soft sand or join bikers, joggers and skaters on the wide esplanade. Visit the beachfront botecos, bars that offer beer, cocktails, soft drinks and snacks. Sample a salgadinho, a fried dough snack stuffed with a savory filling.

Watch surfers ride big waves and take a dip in the cool water. Be mindful that the current is sometimes very strong here. If you like to keep active on the beach, join a game of soccer, footvolley or volleyball. Another popular beach sport is frescobol, played with small racquets and a rubber ball.

Away from the beach, Ipanema - Leblon’s streets are a paradise for shoppers. Find independent retailers, luxury brands and shopping malls along Rua Garcia d'Avila and Rua Visconde de Pirajá. Go to General Osório Square on a Sunday to browse the handicraft stalls of the Ipanema Hippie Fair.

While you are in the area, experience some of its prominent cultural attractions. See displays of precious stones at the Amsterdam Sauer Museum and study contemporary works at the Ipanema Art Gallery.

As the afternoon turns to evening, make a point of going to the Aproador rock formation nestled between Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. This is a popular spot to watch sunsets.

Enjoy a night out at the varied selection of cocktail lounges, pubs, live music venues and restaurants. Bar Garota de Ipanema, formerly known as Veloso Bar, is where the international hit record The Girl from Ipanema was written.

Ipanema - Leblon is one of the most popular areas in the city and is well connected to public transport routes. On Sundays, the beach road is closed to traffic.


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Mar Ipanema Hotel ¥8,652
Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020
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Mar Ipanema Hotel

Mar Ipanema Hotel

Rua Visconde De Piraja, 539 Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
     
    4.0 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Walking distance to Ipanema beach, Staff are very helpful. It can get very noisy on weekends, but then Rio is a party town!!!!

    Arena Ipanema Hotel ¥7,854
    Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020
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    Arena Ipanema Hotel

    Arena Ipanema Hotel

    Rua Francisco Otaviano 131, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      4.5 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Perfect location, beautiful hotel, excellent service

      Everest Rio Hotel
      Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019
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      Everest Rio Hotel

      Everest Rio Hotel

      R. Prudente de Morais, 1117 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
         
        3.6 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Pretty good located, incredible room, nice breakfast but the bed isn’t that good!

        Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
        Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020
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        Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro

        Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro

        Avenida Vieira Souto 80, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          4.5 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Had a little problem getting our luggage but overall the staff are really nice and helpful

          Hotel San Marco Ipanema ¥5,110
          Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020
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          Hotel San Marco Ipanema

          Hotel San Marco Ipanema

          Av. Visconde de Pirajá 524, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
             
            3.2 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            We stayed last minute after a cancelled flight so was just a place to rest for a few hours. Room sad and tired and old. Staff at check in not overly friendly but the breakfast staff lovely. It’s not luxurious but at that price I guess can’t be surprised. Bed was comfy despite the room looking in ...

            Hotel Praia Ipanema ¥11,504
            Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020
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            Hotel Praia Ipanema

            Hotel Praia Ipanema

            Avenida Vieira Souto 706 Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              3.7 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Wonderful location, right on Ipanema Beach. And easy walking to wonderful restaurants/bars/clubs. Staff was truly wonderful! Our only disappointment was the breakfast. There was ample food, but everything was served room temperature. The "hot" plates were cold, the yogurt and juices were ...

              Hotel Arpoador ¥11,889
              Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020
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              Hotel Arpoador

              Hotel Arpoador

              Rua Francisco Otaviano 177, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                4.1 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Hotel Arpoador was a wonderful place to stay in Rio! The staff -- both at the Front Desk, the restaurant and the room-cleaners -- were very nice without exception. (For example, check-out time was noon, but I didn't need to leave for the airport until 6 pm. Not only was I able to store my luggage ...

                Own Ipanema Visconti
                Reviewed on Aug 13, 2018
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                Own Ipanema Visconti

                Own Ipanema Visconti

                Rua Prudente De Morais 1050, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This was a relatively last minute booking while in Brazil with a plan to return to Rio for one last night. Due to flight plans and arriving late on the night of our arrival, I contacted the hotel to ensure that the reservation would be held since we'd be checking in after 11pm. The hotel responded ...

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