Gávea is a residential neighborhood that is home to a large number of cultural establishments representing Rio’s new artistic class. Many artists live there, and have turned their homes into charming studios. Wedged between the slope of Morro Dois Irmãos and Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Gávea offers easy access to Barra da Tijuca, in the West Zone, and to the other South Zone neighborhoods. The area is predominantly middle and upper class, and local commerce is among the most expensive and sophisticated in the city.
The Pedra da Gávea, after which the neighborhood is named, is located at one of the ends of the Tijuca Forest, home to a spectacular lookout located high above the neighborhoods of São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca. It is a large granite mountain, 842 meters high, which arises out of the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Its history is surrounded by mysterious legends, but its beauty is unquestionable.
Baixo Gávea is the meeting place for young people in the neighborhood. A street full of bars on both sides, with disputed tables after work hours. This is a great place to relax with a beer, talk or watch soccer games on Sundays. The Moreira Sales Institute is another important tourist attraction in the neighborhood. Located in a magnificent house with gardens designed by Burle Marx, it is home to a lovely cultural center and a delicious coffeehouse.