If you still don’t know Leblon, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, pay attention. The Marvelous City boasts immeasurable beauty – you know that – but this neighborhood deserves a closer look.
The region is also a favorite haunt of many artists and the odds of running into one jogging down the sidewalk are high. To understand what makes Leblon such a beloved neighborhood, we’ve selected 15 activities to enjoy and get a closer look at the Carioca lifestyle.
Leblon is located in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro and is a noble area of the city. The neighborhood is right next to Ipanema and its beaches are separated only by a canal called Jardim de Alah.
Like its neighbor Niteroi, the neighborhood has many luxury apartments and is considered the most expensive place to live in Brazil. This charming corner of the city has as its backdrop the Morro Dois Irmãos, which is one of the postcards of the Marvelous City.
Leblon: what to do
This neighborhood has everything visitors need for fun: beach, shopping and bars that are the face of Rio de Janeiro.
1. Leblon Beach
Without a doubt, the main attraction of the neighborhood is Leblon beach. It is an extension of Ipanema and is very popular among tourists, but especially among families living in the region.
It is common to find groups practicing sports on the sand, as well as the extensive pavement, perfect for jogging or cycling while enjoying the views.
The beach has calm waters and a family atmosphere, ideal for taking children. Visitors can count on a good structure of stalls and street vendors, as well as good bars and restaurants around for a perfect after-beach experience.
But none of this compares to the view from Morro dos Irmãos, located at the end, which presents a wonderful sunset.
- Address: Av: Av. Delfim Moreira.
2. Leblon Belvedere
The view you were looking for for the perfect pictures is here. The Mirante do Leblon is located on the far right side of the beach and offers a breathtaking view of Leblon, Ipanema and Arpoador beaches.
The huge wooden deck is perched on rocks and is a space to contemplate the beautiful scenery. Take a moment to sit and drink coconut water at the local stalls.
- Address: Av: Niemeyer Av.
3. Dois Irmãos Cliffs Park
Near the viewpoint is the Parque Natural Municipal do Penhasco Dois Irmãos, a place of pure tranquility, but still little known by tourists.
The park is located in an environmental preservation area surrounded by lots of greenery, and has several attractions: toys for children, a multi-sports court, beautiful gardens and a 1.5 km trail that leads to the lower part of the Lesser Brother, which forms the hill of Dois Irmãos.
The highlights of the trail are the four viewpoints, from where it is possible to see some of the most important postcards of the city: the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, the Botanical Garden, the Corcovado and the beaches of Leblon and Ipanema.
- Address: R. Aperana, 178.
- Admission: free.
- Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm.
4. Leblon Shopping Mall
Shopping Leblon is one of the most sophisticated shopping and leisure destinations in Rio de Janeiro and enchants tourists from the first moment for its beautiful architecture.
Inside, it is possible to visit a mix of stores with national and international brands, cinema, theater, Livraria da Travessa, where book signing nights are held, children’s play area and Espaço Gastronomia, which in addition to a delicious and varied menu, has a privileged view of Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer.
- Address: Av. Afrânio de Melo Franco, 290.
- Hours: Shops – Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; holidays, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Food and leisure – Fridays, Saturdays and holiday eves, from 10 a.m. to midnight; Mondays to Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sundays and holidays, from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m.
5. Low Baby
This is a lovely tip for those who travel with children but want to enjoy the beach. Baixo Bebê is a playground with toys, inflatable pools and a structure for the little ones to have fun on the sand and in front of the sea, as they also deserve the feeling of being at the beach.
Right next to it, there is a kiosk with a space for parents to change their babies, if necessary. The small playground is suitable for all ages: from toddlers to older children. The Baby Bass is located near stall 12 and is easy to spot thanks to the queue of strollers that forms around it.
- Address: Av: Avenida Delfim Moreira.
- Admission: free.
- Hours: daily, from 9 am to 5 pm.
Now you just have to prepare your camera to record all these beauties.
Map and rental in Leblon
The hotel offer in and around Leblon beach is very interesting. Hotels, hostels and apartments that will make your stay comfortable and with prices according to your possibilities.
Restaurants in Leblon
Leblon is also known for being an important gastronomic center and has already gained a loyal public. Check out the most popular restaurants to eat well in the neighborhood.
1. CT Boucherie
CT Boucherie is a bistro specializing in meat for those who like to eat well. There, visitors can choose from more than 15 cuts of meat on the menu and the side dishes – of which there are many – are served in rotation, with waiters circulating around the dining room. Fish, shrimp and seafood are also on the menu.
The space has a simple décor, with elements reminiscent of French butcher shops. Another important point that captivates the clientele is the impeccable service of the waiters.
- Address: R. Dias Ferreira, 636.
- Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 12:00 to 16:00 and from 19:00 to 24:00; Saturday and Sunday, from 12:00 to 24:00.
2. Giuseppe Grill
Giuseppe Grill is a restaurant famous for having the best meat in Rio de Janeiro. On the menu are succulent picanhas, chourizos, prime rib and also seafood.
The bar has a surprising number of drink options and an extensive wine list, with domestic and imported labels.
The place is always a good option for special celebrations, friends meetings, business or even for a moment with your partner. The atmosphere is sophisticated and the service is up to par.
- Address: Av. Bartolomeu Mitre, 370.
- Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, from noon to midnight; Friday and Saturday, from noon to 1 am; Sundays and holidays, from noon to 11 pm.
3. Degrau Restaurant
Degrau Restaurant is one of those places that never lets anyone down and only closes its doors when the last customer has left.
The house is part of the history of the neighborhood and has existed for more than 50 years, maintaining a loyal clientele that never renounces the tasty and abundant dishes and the friendly service of the waiters, who serve in the old-fashioned way, with white suits.
Start with the pastries, the most famous starter, and then move on to the menu, which satisfies all palates: there is pasta, risotto, fish, meat, as well as special dishes, such as paella and the chef’s cod.
Degrau also has a delivery service, so there is no excuse not to try the traditional taste of Leblon.
- Address: Av: Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 517B.
- Hours: every day, from 11.00 a.m. until the last customer.
Bars in Leblon
What more perfect combination than beach and bar? Check out the best places to have a cold beer near the sea.
Bracarense is the typical bar that best sums up Rio’s botecagem: zero formality, courteous service, ice-cold draft beer and the most delicious boteco snacks.
The traditional botequim, which opened its doors in 1961, two blocks from the beach, has crossed the borders of Leblon and is an obligatory stop for visitors to Rio de Janeiro, to the point that its fame has spread and it has been elected the best bar in Brazil by The New York Times.
- Address: R. José Linhares, 85.
- Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9:30 am to midnight; Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm.
2. Bar Jobi
In the heart of Leblon is the traditional Bar Jobi, which since 1956 has been the meeting place for Rio’s bohemians. The bar is famous for its well-drawn beer, its codfish cakes and its appetizing appetizers and dishes of Portuguese-Brazilian cuisine.
The boteco is small and always full, both at the tables outside and on the sidewalk, which is also packed. For nightlife lovers, Jobi is also the place for an after-party drink, as it is one of the few bars in the region that keeps its doors open until the early hours of the morning.
- Address: Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 1166.
- Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; Friday and Saturday, 11:00 am to 6:00 am.
3. Boteco Belmonte
The city’s famous bar chain that is on the list of Rio’s most beloved bars also has a location in Leblon.
Boteco is a hit for its well-drawn beer, drink options, but most of all for the dumplings, the house classics, which come out all the time and circulate around the room on the waiters’ trays.
- Address: R. Dias Ferreira, 521.
- Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 11:30 am to 2:00 am; Thursday to Saturday, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm; Sunday, 11:30 am to 5:00 pm.