Designer boutiques, posh eateries, and infinite beaches comprise this south Rio neighborhood.

Named after a successful French businessman, there’s a certain je ne sais quoi in Leblon. Rich in natural beauty, Leblon’s beaches make room for luxurious relaxation, tempering the trendiness of Ipanema’s nearby beach scene. Although it’s altogether quieter in Leblon than Copacabana or Ipanema, this neighborhood is highly acclaimed for its posh restaurants and up-until-dawn clubs and lounges. Designer boutiques and sun kissed mansions complete Leblon’s perfectly styled ensemble.

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On the Map

Leblon is bordered by Gávea, Lagoa, Ipanema, and Vidigal

Galeão International Airport: 26 minutes by cab without traffic
Santos Dumont Domestic Airport: 24 minutes by cab without traffic
Lapa: 22 minutes by cab or 55 minutes by bus
Sugar Loaf Cable Car: 18 minutes by bus or 45 minutes by bus
Corcovado's Train Station: 12 minutes by cab or 45 minutes by bus

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Seclusion on Rio's Sultriest Beach

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Rio's Metro service ends in Ipanema, and many decline to walk the remaining distance to Leblon.

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The locals don't mind their missing Metro stop. For them, it means more sand for sunbathing.

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Leblon's relative seclusion produces an air of exclusivity in this youthful enclave.

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Getting here might not be a breeze.

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Being here is worth the effort.

It's very much like Ipanema but even more exclusive, being the home of very rich, affluent and famous people. The beach is a bit quieter and relaxed than the hip and trendy beach of Ipanema."

Cosmopolitan Charm

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Leblon's apartment towers fetch Rio's highest rents.

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Everyone likes to be in Leblon.

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Tucked away between the foot of the mountains, the beach, and the Lagoa (lagoon), Leblon has become one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Brazil. Famous for its safety, fine dining, night-life, family friendly beach and its celebrity filled sidewalks, Leblon is a very special Carioca experience."


Hosts True Leblon Experience

For Brazilians, By Brazilians

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Cariocas refuse to be confined by their clothing. Their street style matches their lifestyles. In Rio, less is more, and Carioca clothing is airy and light.

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When a Carioca chooses to make a purchase, it's often with an eye towards Brazilian pride.

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Leblon is especially keen on supporting Brazilian designers.

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For Cariocas, a "Made in Brazil" label means more than designer labels.

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Even Leblon's malls feature mostly local shops.

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Leblon's supermarkets are super, indeed. Many items are imported, and their price tags prove it.

Leblon is a bucolic neighborhood . Hear the birds singing very early in the almond trees beside your window ... Feel the tranquility and peace to be awakened so. You will be staying in one of the quietest neighborhoods in the south zone of Rio!"



Time to Dine

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Leblon is full of high-end restaurants, bars, bakeries, and cafes.

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Along with simple sandwiches and fresh seafood, cold beer is a Brazilian specialty.

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When in this vivaciously stylish neighborhood, you might find yourself rubbing elbows with celebrities. They're often photographed leaving Sushi Leblon.

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Take a seat.

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Have a drink.

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And don't forget dessert.

You can easily walk to Ipanema from Leblon on the boardwalk as well. You are a quick bike ride to the beaches and to Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, where you have a great view of the lagoon itself and of the mountains surrounding the city."

André & Susan

Hosts Best of Rio de Janeiro Cozy Leblon


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Andre Joaquim

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Andre is both a dentist and photographer, living in Rio de Janeiro. He has a huge passion for Rio, and after shooting this project for Airbnb, he is certain that there is no place as beautiful as the city placed between the mountain and the sea.

Fabio Blaser

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Fabio Blaser is a Swiss photojournalist based in Rio de Janeiro. Before moving to Brazil, he graduated from the University of Plymouth in the UK. When not behind his camera, he enjoys the beaches, waterfalls, rainforest and Brazilian way of life. He loved the opportunity to shoot the wonderful tropical city that he is privileged to call home for Airbnb.

Sam Comen

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Sam Comen is a 32-year-old bon-vivant and LA native who counts Esquire, Details, Rolling Stone, and The Wall Street Journal among his clients. He has been awarded national grants and honors for his long-term portrait essays. On assignment in Rio de Janeiro for 11 days with Airbnb, Sam came to love and admire the city's environment, natural splendor, and the Cariocas' easy-going attitude.