Ipanema, founded in the year 1894, is one of Rio de Janeiro’s most admired, elegant and luxurious neighborhoods. It is a classic point of bohemian Rio. Unforgettable songs like Girl from Ipanema, by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes were born in the bars here. Ipanema is located in the south area of the city between Leblon and Arpoador and one of the main tourist spots in Rio, for foreign tourists as well as for Brazilian ones.
What Ipanema does offer is great shopping on Rua Visconde de Pirajá and its side streets, an excellent nightlife scene, a broad variety of cafes, restaurants, boutiques and of course the beautiful coast. Ipanema beach is the major recreation area for residents and visitors alike. Joggers and walkers cruise the black-and-white patterned sidewalk every day of the week, but Sunday is the day to see and be seen when the beachside Avenida Vieira Souto is closed for traffic and people cycle, inline skate, and scooter along. Moreover, Ipanema beach is very popular among the gay community and according to “Discovery Travel & Living” the second best in the world and the sexiest of all. Other popular attractions include the famous Hippie market at Praça General Osório on Sundays, Rua Farme de Amoedo and Praça da Paz. The neighbourhood is generally regarded as one of the safest districts in Rio de Janeiro and served by a subway station, many taxis and several bus lines. It is a good location in relation to the main attractions of the city and has fast access to the financial district.
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Zazá Bistrô is the first contemporary restaurant in Rio de Janeiro, as such it has been successful since 1999. The restaurant offers a combination of many flavors and tastes. The owners label Zazá Bistrô Tropical as a bistro, while others claim it to be a fusion restaurant that caters to Indian, Moroccan, Thai, Japanese and Vegetarian cuisine. The owners get inspiration from their journeys all over the world, in search of interesting scents and flavours. They aim at a healthy nutrition and use organic nutriments whenever possible. In their point of view, eating is more than merely nourishing the body. It is meant for enchanting the senses. The bistro is relatively small so we advise to make a reservation. Upstairs, you can enjoy dinner in the Japanese style with low tables as you sit "shoeless" on soft, comfortable cushions. The ambiance of the upstairs decor has been described as a veritable "Garden of Eden".