What activities and attractions to enjoy in Ipanema?

For those who don’t know, Ipanema is very busy with tourists and locals, who choose the area because of the city’s activities and attractions.

Here, you can enjoy safety, proximity to the sea, bohemia and well-being during the day. The nightlife is intense, with many options of bars and restaurants and, above all, the privileged location. 

With this in mind, we’ve prepared some memorable tips so you can find out what activities and attractions Ipanema has to offer and choose what suits you best. 

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5 activities during the day in Ipanema

Overall, Rio de Janeiro is a city filled with sun-kissed people, wearing comfortable clothes and living a dynamic lifestyle, representing the famous carioca lifestyle of taking life as it comes.

Ipanema neighborhood couldn’t be any different: it’s always common to see people practicing volleyball, surfing and walking along the waterfront. These activities are almost obligatory for anyone visiting the neighborhood for the first time, in order to feel the vibe up close.

In addition, with its light and bohemian lifestyle, Ipanema offers various activities and attractions during the day for travelers to experience all the charm and natural beauty of the neighborhood, such as:

Beach: Ipanema’s main tourist attraction

Famous for inspiring the composer Vinícius de Moraes with the song “Garota de Ipanema”, Ipanema beach is one of the main activities to enjoy during the day. Whether you’re walking along the beach with a beautiful view or practicing sports, it also offers an excellent view of the sunset at the Arpoador beach.

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Cycling on the bike path: an alternative activity for getting to know the waterfront

During your stroll along the waterfront, you can also stop to see the statue of Tom Jobim, known throughout the world as a tribute to the musician.

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Pedra do Arpoador: one of the most beautiful views in Rio

Arpoador Rock is an important tourist attraction that also forms part of Ipanema Beach. It is one of the best places to watch the sunset.

Praça Nossa Senhora da Paz: to walk around and breathe in the greenery

The square is tree-lined, has a pond, several benches and tables for visitors to relax on and a playground for children to play in. It is also close to several stores and business centers.

Ipanema Art Gallery: a moment reserved for art

This attraction is ideal for art lovers. On this tour, you’ll be able to visit one of the most important and oldest galleries in the country, which has a rich collection of works by internationally renowned artists.

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 Ipanema’s nightlife

Life is too short not to enjoy Ipanema’s nightlife, with its good music and interesting people to exchange experiences with. At night, the bars are crowded and people ditch their jeans for more comfortable, cooler clothes.

Restaurants and bars

In Ipanema, there are plenty of places to try a good carioca snack and a cold draft beer while admiring the natural beauty of the neighborhood. From restaurants to bars, some of these places are great for a happy hour with friends:

  • The Garota de Ipanema, where you can have a draft beer or a caipirinha in the bar where Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes wrote the lyrics to the famous song. 
  • At Bar Belmonte, known as the bar that most sells draft beer in Rio de Janeiro, you can enjoy the house’s famous pies, especially the dried meat with catupiry cheese.

If you want to enjoy the best of Ipanema peacefully and comfortably, come and visit our boutique hotel!

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