Ipanema and Leblon Beaches are actually just one. The
borderline is Allah's Garden, that connects Lagoa to the ocean. The 2 beaches together are not more than
2,5 miles long. Walking, jogging, skating and cycling from
one end to the other is one of the ways Cariocas keep fit.
Mirante do Leblon, an overlook at the west end of
the beach, is the best place for you to take panoramic
photos of Leblon and Ipanema beaches. You also have a view to towering Sheraton Hotel and
the popular community (favela) of Vidigal.
Watching the skyline of Leblon will give you an insight into Rio de
Janeiro's lifestyle. You will see penthouses with pools and gardens, top
hotels, green mountains, sand and surf. You cannot miss the popular
community (favela) of Vidigal nearby. In Rio social classes that
are worlds apart have a chance to live next to each other and even share
democratically the same beach.
Some of Rio's most sophisticated buildings are located along Leblon
Beach, most are only 4 to six stories high. You could easily spend over a
US$1 million on 3 or 4-bedroom apartment. In more exclusive buildings like
Apolo XI or Juan les Pins, you would pay at least twice as much if you
were lucky to find anything for sale, that is.
This roundabout is the end of the bicycle lane. There is a small park
with a work-out station. Sometimes there are rodas
de capoeira here. The statue in bronze is of Zozimo Barroso de Amaral,
a journalist that lived part of his life in Ipanema, and part in Leblon.
This is Leblon's most famous beach kiosk, Baixo Bebe. This is where
young mothers and families with babies meet. There are lots of toys for
the kids, and a diaper changing station. There's always something
happening at Baixo Bebe on special holidays, and weekends are especially
popular. While the children play, parents can socialize in the best Carioca way!
Lush mountains surround Leblon and Gávea. The forest is
home to native wildlife, including small monkeys, several
birds, and even more exotic animals like the sloth. All this
vegetation helps keep the temperature down during scorching
Charming three and four-story buildings are a frequent
sight in Leblon. Many do not have a garage or an elevator.
Finding an apartment in one of these buildings is a dream
come true. Prices are lower, and everybody knows that stair
climbing is good for you. And then again, with everything in
a walking distance and taxis all around, who needs a car,
Ataulfo de Paiva is Leblon's main street. Attractions include a number
of neighborhood malls, movie theaters, theaters, restaurants, bars and
cafés. There are convenience stores, drugstores and newsstands open
around the clock. The street goes past Allah's Garden into Ipanema
changing names to Visconde de Pirajá.
Areas concentrating cafés, bars and restaurants are popularly known as baixos (pronounced by-shows). The corner of Streets Carlos Goes and
Ataúlfo de Paiva is always a good bet. Attractions include 2 movie
theaters, a two-story branch of McDonalds, a café, and then there's
Clipper. This is one of Rio's favorite botequim-style bars, and a
meeting spot for the golden youth of Ipanema and Leblon. Getting together
to celebrate a soccer match at Clipper is considered de rigueur...
When visiting Leblon a stop in one of the cafés or restaurants with
outdoor tables is almost mandatory. While you enjoy a beer or snack keep
an eye on the good looking Cariocas passing by. Many of these cafés keep
open until past 4 a.m. and are perfectly for your after-hours munchies.