IpanemaRio de Janeiro

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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.

Top hotels in Ipanema

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Arena Ipanema Hotel
Arena Ipanema Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua Francisco Otaviano 131, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$207
per night
Jan 27 - Jan 28

Located in Ipanema, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Arpoador Beach and Devil's Beach. Copacabana Fort and Girl from Ipanema Park are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (619 reviews)

"Amazing to us was that all staff seemed to have our comfort foremost in their mind. The location was fantastic."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2020

Arena Ipanema Hotel
Sol Ipanema Hotel
Sol Ipanema Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Vieira Souto 320, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
NZ$292
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in Ipanema, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Posto 9, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and Copacabana Beach. Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and Rio ...

4.2/5Excellent! (780 reviews)

"The view was fantastic. The breakfast terrific. The service excellent. Access to the beach wonderful."…"

Reviewed on 31 Dec. 2019

Sol Ipanema Hotel
Mar Ipanema Hotel
Mar Ipanema Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Visconde De Piraja, 539 Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
NZ$154
per night
Jan 21 - Jan 22

Located in Ipanema, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Garden of Allah and Ipanema Beach. Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach are also within 2 miles ...

4/5Very Good! (905 reviews)

"Good location, great restaurant. Rooms need some improvement."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2020

Mar Ipanema Hotel
Everest Rio Hotel
Everest Rio Hotel
3.5 out of 5
R. Prudente de Morais, 1117 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
NZ$163
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Ipanema, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Parque Henrique Lage. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Maracana ...

3.7/5Good! (234 reviews)

"Nice clean hotel in great location. We booked an updated room but decided to switch to a room that was not updated for the fantastic view."…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov. 2019

Everest Rio Hotel
Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Vieira Souto 80, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
NZ$686
per night
Jan 20 - Jan 21

Nestled on the beach, this Ipanema hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ipanema Beach, Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Fort is 0.6 mi (1 km) ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (270 reviews)

"This is a beautiful property on which you are almost guaranteed to encounter tropical wildlife simply by walking around. The staff is extremely friendly and the service is superior. The suites are huge and have beautiful views. There are a (very) few negatives for some travelers. Room service is ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec. 2019

Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
Ipanema Inn
Ipanema Inn
3 out of 5
Rua Maria Quiteria 27, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
NZ$210
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8

Located in Ipanema, this hotel is steps away from Forum Ipanema Shopping Mall and Ipanema Beach. Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach are also within 1 mile ...

4.3/5Excellent! (685 reviews)

"Small room but great location and excellent service."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2020

Ipanema Inn

Popular things to do in Ipanema

Ipanema Beach
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Ipanema Beach

4/5(9 reviews)

Join the crowds of sun-worshippers at this world-famous beach, the epitome of Rio’s outdoor lifestyle.

Arpoador Beach
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Arpoador Beach

5/5(1 review)

Considered the birthplace of Brazilian surfing, this small beach is also one of the most popular places to catch Rio de Janeiro’s spectacular sunsets.

Hippie Fair
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Hippie Fair

Admire colorful folk art, stock up on Brazilian clothing and souvenirs, and savor some of Rio’s original fast food at one of the world’s largest open-air markets.

Top activities in Ipanema

Sunset Experience - Christ, Selarón and Sunset at Sugarloaf
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Sunset Experience - Christ, Selarón and Sunset at Sugarloaf

NZ$142

Spend an afternoon visiting Rio's most incredible sights on a tour that shows off the great views and grand attractions around Guanabara Bay.

Full Day in Rio - Corcovado, Sugar Loaf & City Tour with BBQ
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Full Day in Rio - Corcovado, Sugar Loaf & City Tour with BBQ

NZ$161

Visit the best of Rio in a single day: Christ the Redeemer by Train, Sugarloaf Mountain, Selarón Steps, Maracanã Stadium, Sambadrome, and Metropolitan Cathedral, and lunch at Brazilian steakhouse. Includes roundtrip transportation.

Full-Day in Rio Christ by Train, Sugarloaf, City Tour & BBQ
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Full-Day in Rio Christ by Train, Sugarloaf, City Tour & BBQ

NZ$184

Spend a full day soaking up the sights of Rio de Janeiro during a city tour. Begin with a train ride to see the Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado Mountain, followed by a panoramic (external) visit to the Maracanã stadium and additional stops at the Sambódromo (Sambadrome), the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Selarón Steps.

Half Day Christ by Train, Maracanã, Sambadrome & Stairway
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Half Day Christ by Train, Maracanã, Sambadrome & Stairway

NZ$74

Spend a morning visiting some of Rio de Janeiro’s best attractions. Begin with a train ride to see the Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado Mountain, followed by a panoramic (external) visit to the Maracanã stadium and additional stops at the Sambódromo (Sambadrome), the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Selarón Steps.

Full-Day Tour to Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer & Selaron Steps
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Full-Day Tour to Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer & Selaron Steps

NZ$75

See Rio de Janeiro's most iconic attractions on this full-day tour. Surmount Sugarloaf Mountain and admire the view, and then visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, an icon of the city. After lunch at a local steakhouse, marvel at the vivid work of art that is the Selaron Steps.

Private Tour : Nightlife in Rio de Janeiro
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Private Tour : Nightlife in Rio de Janeiro

NZ$286

Visit: Rio Scenarium, Rua do Lavradio 20 Centro Antigo, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-070 Brazil Your guide will pick up you at 20.00 at your accommodation. Before to visit the world famous the famous ''Rio Scenarium'' we go to a nice bar in the South zone (e.

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