Ipanema, Leblon and Arpoador share the same beach, and have similar features. Smaller and more affluent than Copacabana, these areas concentrate some of Rio's most sophisticated shopping, restaurants, bars, cafés and dance clubs. Theaters, movie theaters, cultural centers, art galleries - even a couple of gem museums complete the winning combination. Everything is in a walking distance.
The beach lane is lined up with some of Rio's most sophisticated (and expensive) residential buildings. Inner streets still have townhouses and four-story buildings. Many of them were turned into boutiques, restaurants and cafés, so you always find novelties.
Walk a few blocks away from the beach, and you will end up in the sprawling park around Lagoa Park - a favorite leisure area with sports courts, skate bowls, gourmet kiosks, etc.The main street in Ipanema, Rua Visconde de Pirajá, changes names to Ataulfo de Paiva in Leblon (see map). There are specialty stores, gyms, bookstores, supermarkets...
Transportation to other parts of town is easily available. There is a subway station in Ipanema with quick access to historical Rio. In this page we have integrated these areas, and picked out the best lodging alternatives. We start at the east edge of Leblon, continue to Ipanema all the way to Arpoador and the edge with Copacabana's Posto 6.
All properties suggested have air-conditioned rooms and en-suite bathrooms. They range from budget to five stars. Use the map for orientation and click on the names of individual hotels for photos, rates, and more details.
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