Ipanema is the most famous beach in the capital of Brazil and all over the world. Ipanema beach is bordered by Arpoador Beach on one end and Leblon Beach on the other end. Every year, thousands of people spend their holiday here. The beach is attractive travelers with long sandy beach and turquoise blue sea water and the stalls selling sweet coconut water.
Considered the “little Paris” of Rio, it is renowned for its avant-garde galleries, bookstores and movie theatres. Stop in at H. Stern, one of the most popular jewelry stores in the area, and take a tour of their museum. Not only is it free but you receive a little box of semi-precious and precious stones as a gift. Every Sunday the Hippie Fair is held with vendors selling everything from wooden dolls to swizzle sticks topped with parrots. Garcia D’Avila street has some of the best brands of the city as Osklen, H Stern, Amsterdam Sauer and many others.
Due to its long and big sandy beach, there are many outdoor activities held right on the beach such as volleyball, soccer,… One of the most interesting things is doing exercises right on the beach, under the sun. Another attractive thing visitors will realize when coming here is seeing “ the Samba bodies” as there are many Rio de Janeiro boys and girls with tanned skin here.
For the best sushi visit Benkei on Av. Henrique Dumont. If you want to try genuine Brazilian feijoada go to Casa de Feijoada on Rua Prudente Morais. You should plan to fork over some dough at Porcão on Rua Barão da Torre for some of the best and most expensive churrasco in the area. Emporio on Rua Maria Quiteria is for the younger crowd with a DJ and rock music. One of the best tips for Ipanema is the Acarajé. It is a croquette, fried in Dendê (Palm) oil, filled with shrimp (spicy!). It can be found in the Hippie fair on Sundays at General Osorio Square.
The beaches of Rio de Janeiro are divided into tribes, but Ipanema is where that note is so strong. In front of the country club meet young beautiful and high class people. It’s certainly the place to see and be seen. In the Posto 9, near Joana Angélica Street the public is more laid back and alternative. The strip of sand between Ipanema and Leblon close to the canal is not very busy and it is quite empty, and should be avoided.