Convenience kiosks and local artisans edge the tile boardwalk Leme shares with Copacabana.

Located just east of Copacabana, Leme’s beachfront real estate is decidedly less trafficked than its counterpart’s coastline. Convenience kiosks, local artisans, and outdoor cafes populate the edges of the tile boardwalk Leme shares with neighboring Copacabana. Leme’s calmer atmosphere draws tranquil crowds who seem generally unconcerned with glittering nightclubs or fancy lodgings, making Leme more wallet-friendly than Copacabana or Ipanema.

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On the Map

Leme is bordered by Botafogo, Copacabana, and Urca

Galeão International Airport: 31 minutes by cab without traffic
Santos Dumont Domestic Airport: 12 minutes by without cab traffic
Lapa: 18 minutes by cab or 50 minutes by bus
Sugar Loaf Cable Car: 6 minutes by cab or 45 minutes by bus
Corcovado's Train Station: 13 minutes by cab or 45 minutes by bus

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Simple By The Seaside

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A petite neighborhood with a quiet disposition, Leme keeps it simple by the shore.

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Small apartments perch above small shops, just the way Leme likes it.

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Leme isn't particularly lively.

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Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the sunset.

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Leme is a great, quiet and safe location in Rio in walking distance from Copacabana beach and with great transport connections; buses, vans, and connections to Rio's metro system.  Sugar Loaf Mountain is around the corner, and as Leme is the end of the Atlantic Avenue there's amazing views of Christ Redeemer."

Hanging Out In Leme

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Only minutes away from Leme, the beaches of Copacabana and the restaurants of Botafogo beckon.

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If all you want is a casual meal and a cold drink, Leme can take care of that.

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It might be hard to balance urban attitudes with serene stillness, but we imagine it's worth it. Let's ask this gentleman.

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How do you do it, sir?

Leme neighborhood is quieter than Copacabana but share the same beach which attracts me. It's very convenient as you have restaurants, banks,and supermarket nearby."


Visited in 2015


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

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.