The neighbourhood of Ipanema thanks its name to its world famous 2km long golden Ipanema beach that is located in between Arpoador and Leblon. Ipanema is known for its vibrant beach vibe that attracts many surfers, students, hippies and is popular among the gay community of Rio de Janeiro. Brazilians are known for their passion for sports, which is specifically expressed at the beach as you can find countless groups of people playing soccer, volleyball, and the popular local developed sport called foot volley. In the very beginning of the beach you can find The rock of Arpoador which is known as a popular surf spot and, one of the best places to watch one of Rio de Janeiro’s magical sunsets. People usually gather around the rock approximately one hour before the sun sets to drink a beer or caipirinha and watch glowing sun go down in the ocean next to the Two Brother Mountains. The orange coloured sky and sparkling reflections in the water create a draw dropping scenery of the city! All in all, a day at Ipanema beach is full of excitement and is never boring.
The Ipanema district is considered as an artistic, sophisticated and wealthy area due to its luxury hotels, hospitality businesses and shopping centres. Ipanema is full of artistic shops, boutique clothing stores and various world-class restaurants such as the iconic Garota de Ipanema (Girl from Ipanema) which is named after the world famous song of Carlos Tom Jobim. The restaurant highlights the traditional Brazilian cuisine and is specialized in preparing one of Brazil’s signature dishes, namely Picanha steak.
The area is also filled with trendy bars such as the Brazilian-French Canastra Bar that is specialized in serving only local Brazilian products like wines, cheeses and other aperitifs. Canastra Bar is a popular meeting point where expats, exchange students and locals usually gather to drink, eat and socialize together. The most popular night at Canastra takes place on Tuesday night!
Ipanema is known to be the most popular gay district of Rio de Janeiro. The area between post 8 and 9 at Ipanema beach is known as the gay beach of Rio which can be recognized by numerous rainbow flags. In addition, you can find a multitude of gay bars and restaurants located around the same area in Ipanema.
General Osorio and Praça Nossa Senhora da Paz are the main squares located in the heart of Ipanema, where all kinds of cultural events take place. Every Sunday, you can visit the Feira Hippie at General Osorio where you can try various traditional culinary options such as the delicious Acarajé made in Bahia. In addition, you can find various stands that sell clothes, artwork, jewellery, beachwear and more.
Ipanema is situated on the most accessible location of the south zone of Rio de Janeiro in between the Lagoon, the beach and the mountains. Ipanema is a lively, unique and trendy district that attracts many tourists that are looking for a relaxed but entertaining experience in Rio de Janeiro.
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