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Top Choice Beach in Ipanema & Leblon

Ipanema Beach

One long stretch of sun-drenched sand, Ipanema Beach is demarcated by postos (posts), which mark off subcultures as diverse as the city itself. Posto 9, right off Rua Vinícius de Moraes, is where Rio’s most lithe an…
Top Choice Fusion in Ipanema & Leblon

CT Boucherie

Created by Claude Troisgros, Rio's most famous chef, this innovative Leblon restaurant takes the idea of the churrascaria (traditional barbecue restaurant) and turns it on its head. Instead of all-you-can-eat meat, …
Top Choice Wine Bar in Ipanema & Leblon

Canastra

At first glance, Canastra looks like any other casual boteco on the back streets of Rio: sidewalk tables with a crowd milling about with drinks and snacks. But the food here is also outstanding, and the drink of cho…
Top Choice Fusion in Ipanema & Leblon

Zazá Bistrô Tropical

Inside an art-filled and whimsically decorated converted house, Zazá serves beautifully prepared dishes with Asian accents, and uses organic ingredients when possible. Favorites include chicken curry with jasmine ri…
Top Choice Market in Ipanema & Leblon

Hippie Fair

The Zona Sul's most famous market, the Hippie Fair (aka Feira de Arte de Ipanema) has artwork, jewelry, handicrafts, clothing and souvenirs for sale. Stalls in the four corners of the plaza sell tasty plates of acar…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Ipanema & Leblon

Complex Esquina 111

This stylish, creative eating and drinking space has outdoor candlelit tables on a tranquil corner of Ipanema. Try one of the signature sparkles (a champagne cocktail), while sharing a plate of tuna tartare, sliders…
Top Choice Live Music in Ipanema & Leblon

Vinícius Show Bar

Billing itself as the 'temple of bossa nova,' this place has been an icon in the neighborhood since 1989. The intimate space makes a fine setting to listen to first-rate bossa nova, and occasional Música Popular Bra…
Italian in Ipanema & Leblon

Massa

Chef Pedro Siqueira made waves in 2015 with the opening of his excellent Puro restaurant in Jardim Botânico. Building on that success, Siqueira opened Massa in 2016, offering inventive pasta dishes and other modern …
Food in Ipanema & Leblon

Chocolate Q

This is serious chocolate. Cacao beans, harvested from a single estate in the northeastern state of Bahia, are processed into a range of exquisite dark-chocolate products (milk chocolate fans be advised, there is no…
Arts in Ipanema & Leblon

Homegrown

Homegrown is a leading player in Rio’s rich culture of street art and graffiti. Located, somewhat incongruously, in the heart of upmarket Ipanema, this art gallery doubles as an urban fashion store, with an impressi…