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PANAM CLUB [Paulista] With a 360º view, it only opens when there is a party

On the last two floors of the hotel that was a symbol of luxury in São Paulo in the 1980s and 1990s, with access to the building’s helipad, which becomes an outdoor terrace (only part can be occupied) with a view of all the Colorful and illuminated antennas on Avenida Paulista, Pan Am is part of the Vegas Group’s portfolio of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, along with Riviera Bar, Cine Joia, Lions and Yacht clubs, and Z Carniceria.

And, although the entrance to the club is not through the hotel lobby, the elevator you take to get up there is panoramic. You can appreciate the eighties architecture of Maksoud Plaza and the works in the atrium by artists such as Maria Bonomi and Yutaka Toyota (author of the 30-meter-long steel sculpture hanging from the ceiling). But, Pan Am has no fixed schedule, so it’s important to pay attention to the club’s schedule on its Facebook page to buy tickets for one of the parties there.

With a killer 360º View of the city, be sure to dance in the bright neon lights and drink drinks prepared by bartenders dressed as a pilot. You are also entitled to an exclusive rate to leave the club and spend the rest of the night at the hotel, with breakfast, for R$330. {To access our exclusive article about the Pan Am club, click here .}

PAN AM CLUB: Alameda Campinas, 150, at Maksoud Plaza Hotel, Bela Vista. Telephone 55 11 / 3111-6330. {To access the Facebook page where they post the party calendar, click here. }

DUE CUOCHI [Garden City] Hanging garden overlooking the Marginal Pinheiros

As an architecture, I have all the reservations about the project of the complex that Shopping Cidade Jardim is part of the neoclassical style of the towering buildings, the architecture that does not speak to the city or its surroundings, the gigantism that makes the development feels like a bunker for millionaires.

But on the top floor of the mall, in the middle of a pleasant and well-kept outdoor garden, is the restaurant with a view Due Cuochi, a good Italian restaurant (try the tagline with tomato sauce, shrimp, Sicilian lemon and arugula) which also has — in addition to the closed room with high ceilings and large windows — some tables where you can eat under the jabuticaba trees, always overlooking the commercial buildings of Marginal Pinheiros and the bridge that has become one of the symbols of the city of São Paulo. Paulo, to Octávio Frias de Oliveira, better known as Ponte Estaiada . The restaurant is open seven days a week, but it is closed between lunch and dinner despite being in a mall.

DUE CUOCCHI SHOPPING CIDADE JARDIM: Avenida Magalhães de Castro, 1200, third floor, Cidade Jardim. Telephone 55 11 / 3552-3560. Monday to Friday, lunch from 12 pm to 4 pm and dinner from 7:30 pm to midnight; Saturday, from 12:00 to 17:00 and from 19:30 to midnight; and Sunday, from 12:00 to 23:00. {To access the Due Cuochi website, click here.}  Image: Tadeu Brunelli

BALSA [Centre] Bar and food, open terrace, only for events

From our list, it is the most alternative of all. The Farol building is over 70 years old — and nothing conserved (the elevators don’t work, so you have to climb all four floors of stairs). But the building attracted the attention of a couple of business people who fell in love with the View from the terrace on the top floor and opened the Balsa on the top two floors, this mix of space for cultural events (they do not have birthdays or weddings) and a bar, which ended up attracting artists, designers, and journalists to the other floors.

Today, the Lighthouse is practically one or several cultural spaces that communicate with each other. Arriving at the Balsa, what you see is a room that looks more like a makeshift party room in the attic of your aunt’s house, full of tables, chairs, armchairs, vases, paintings, photos, glasses, all old, piled up. Going up one more flight of stairs, you reach the open-air terrace with a beautiful view of the center and some of the city’s architectural landmarks: the Santa Ifigênia viaduct, the Mirante do Vale (the tallest building in the city, with 170 meters high, the Itália is 150 meters high), the Altino Arantes (aka “Banespa”), the Martinelli, the Vale do Anhangabaú.

FERRY: Rua Capitão Salomão, 26, on the corner of the Seminario, Anhangabaú. No phone. {To follow the schedule, visit their Facebook fan page by clicking here.}  Image: Shoichi Iwashita

MAC [Ibirapuera] When will you open a bar or restaurant on top of the museum?

The Museum of Contemporary Art at USP, installed a few years ago in this beautiful building signed by Oscar Niemeyer attached to Ibirapuera Park, has not been very well managed. The neglect of the exhibition has been neglected of the works in the collection is already evident. But, the building has a huge terrace on the top floor with a beautiful view of the park. On May 23, the obelisk; more than a perfect location for another point with a beautiful view of the city. Image: Shoichi Iwashita

WHICH IS NOT WORTH IT?

But, São Paulo has a place that sells the View but doesn’t deliver the experience. The View is on top of the Transamérica flat on Alameda Santos in Jardins. {See our review by clicking here.}  For a beautiful view, decor, and atmosphere, go to the Terraço Itália bar, Skye or Pan Am.

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