Let me tell you something about the Gávea – was one of the first places where I fell in love in Rio de Janeiro, was in the charming Baixo Gávea, if I’m not mistaken on a Thursday night. But I didn`t fall in love with just one person, there were many there! I have even fell in love with a samba that formed before me, the moment I entered the bar to get beer. Fell in love with five girls that were dancing to the drumming. I remember also fallen in love with a boy, who had just arrived from PUC (a college near there), locking his bike on a pole in front of a bar. All is full of charm, the nights here have a perfect Rio style glamour.
At first sight, the neighborhood is not that great thing, looks more like a aristrocratic Leblon extension than anything else, but get a bike one day and ride a bit around. The bakeries, bars, restaurants, boutiques, Casa da Gávea Theather (small but super cozy), the bet afternoons at the Jockey, the slopes with its luxurious mansions, all this represents the Gávea, the mixture of it all.
The cultural scene here is very strong, go for it in Anitta Schwartz Art Gallery, Instituto Moreira Salles, Museu da Cidade and Parque da Cidade. Besides having many theaters (like Casa da Gávea, I quoted above), there is the Teatro das Artes, dos Quatro, Clara Nunes, Vanucci, Teatro do Jóckey (next to the trendy restaurant Palaphitas Kitch) and the comfortable theater at the Planetarium. And going to the movies never felt so good – the Cine Lagoon, as well as being a super cool cinema (you’re in line buying ticket, while enjoying the view of the Lagoa, outdoor), has some bars, restaurants and a show house on the top floor, the Café Miranda.