This week’s entertainment guide for São Paulo features a restaurant in Itaim, a night club in Cidade Mones, a Christmas event in Ibirapuera Park, an assault course for kids, and this week’s recommended cinema release.

Cafe de la MusiqueThe fashionable and chic may well want to pay a visit to Cafe de la Musique, a relatively new restaurant that has opened in the last 6 months. The restaurant is owned by a polo player and businessman who both travel extensively around Europe, and wanted to bring a sense of the European restaurants they visit to São Paulo to entertain their friends, but of course the restaurant is open to others also. There’s a curious mix of French relaxed “chill out” style in the restaurant design (with rather funky chairs), but it has a sushi bar as well as an Italian menu. A large smiling Brazilian flag looks down on the customers, made by the artist Zilando Freitas. The restaurant is particularly flexible, and often on Saturday’s will have live music and a space cleared later in the evening for dancing. Areas can also be reserved for corporate events. The restaurants itself is hidden a little around the corner of the host building in case you miss it. Open Monday to Saturday, from 8pm to the last customer (5am). Parking R$10. Av. Juscelino Kubitschek, 1400. Tel. 3079 5588. http://www.cafedelamusique.com.br

CabaretThe recently opened night club Cabaret has a great contemporary feel to it. The bar is to the side of the dance floor, and the bar itself is filled with lights and crystals. The large lounge areas has sofas and chairs for relaxing. The mezzanine floor is for VIP customers, and has more sofas and an area to relax. The music programme is as follows. Tuesday = “Black music”. Thursday = House. Friday and Saturday = Flash House. Open from 11pm. Entry from R$25- R$50. Parking $R10. R. Quintana, 765. Cidade Mones (South region). Tel. 5505 6886. http://www.cabcabaret.com.br

Ibirapuera ParkFor the last few Christmases a lot of effort has been made at Ibirapuera Park as the holiday approaches, with a hoard of tree climbers festooning Christmas lights on many of the trees that surround the lake. Also at 8:30pm and 9pm in the lead-up to Christmas the famous fountain in the lake has been synchronised with a Christmas music and light display which is well worth a watch. The park can be accessed from the various Avenues that encircle it, such as Av. 23 de Maio, and Av. Republica do Libano.

Shopping MorumbiMorumbi Shopping Centre has a reasonably sized Christmas themed assault course for kids. The assault course consists of a variety of ladders and towers, as well as two rope bridges. The course itself is gorgeously decorated with Christmas trees, tinsel etc. Meanwhile the parents can grab a coffee at the nearby Caf do Ponto, or head off and do some shopping. http://www.morumbishopping.com.br

The Chronicles of NarniaThe film choice this week is The Chronicles of Narnia (“As Crnicas de Nrnia” in Portuguese). The classic children’s book by CS Lewis receives a film conversion (after having been previously produced as two TV series). It tells the story of four children in England who are sent to the country during World War 2 to escape the blitz in London. They go to live in a big, old and mysterious house. One of the children discovers a wardrobe in a room of the house, enters it, and finds herself in a mysterious other world full of incredible and mystical creatures. The children soon find themselves entwined in the story of this other world. So the story continues. The film itself has been well received. Make sure if taking English speaking children to seek cinemas that are showing the film “legendado” (subtitled) as opposed to “dublado” (dubbed) in Portuguese. http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0363771/

If you have been to a restaurant, club, park, or anywhere that you would like to recommend to other readers in future Entertainment Guides then don’t hesitate to contact us!

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