Walking is the best way to explore
Leblon. Distances are relatively small and the neighborhood is flat,
except for residential Upper Leblon. Below we have listed some areas
that are particularly suitable for walking tours. You will find more
attractions and highlights at All About
Leblon, and photos and tips at Pictours
of Leblon I& II.
Start at Cazuza Square, where streets Dias Ferreira and Ataúfo de Paiva meet.
This triangle stretching all the way to Rua General Artigas is dotted with
restaurants, cafes, snack bars, and bakeries. Walk around a bit and we are sure
you will find a venue with your name written all over it. Along the main street
there is a 24-hour newstand, bookshop and drugstore. The supermarket on Dias
Ferreira is open until 3 a.m.
The long street connecting Leblon to Gávea and Jardim Botânico is an
attraction apart. Start at the beach and do not miss any of the blocks. Stop at
plant stands of Antero de Quental, one of Rio's most charming squares.The corner of Rua Tubira
concentrates a number of auto-shops, if you need a tune-up. Take a left turn you
will run into Plataforma, Cobal, Flamengo Club, and
Selva de Pedra.
Leblon beach is one of Rio's prettiest, and there are a few spots you cannot
miss. The first is known as Baixo Bebê, across from Venâncio de Flores street.
This is a meeting spot for Carioca babies every sunny morning. And then there's
the famous sunset Capoeira practice at the park on the west end of Leblon Beach.
It is your chance to watch the African-Brazilian martial art in an unforgettable
setting. Rua Leblon, possibly Rio's shortest street, is also another curiosity.
It is open for pedestrians and residents only. There is a café along Av. Delfim
Moreira, the popular Caneco 70 (celebrating the Soccer Cup of 1970).
This short walk along Av. Ataulfo de Paiva towards Ipanema starts at Rua
Carlos Goes . The first corner is very popular with cafés, 2 movie theaters,
snack bars, a juice store, and famous botequim Clipper. Stop for a bite
or a drink and go on. You will soon see a towering black building on your left
hand side. On first 4 floors of this co-op is Rio Design Center, Rio's most
sophisticaded home and decor mall. Do not miss the antique shop on the third
floor with a collection of exquisite vases and other objects themed after Rio de
Janeiro. The gas station convenience store and the newsstand across the street
are open 24 hours. Keep walking all the way to Ipanema, and the street will
change names to Visconde de Pirajá.
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