São Paulo's Espaço priceless is perfect for tourists who love food, art, and local culture
The Espaço priceless complex on the Alexandre Mackenzie Building's rooftop sits above Shopping Light and houses a curated mix of fine dining and drinks, art, and culture. It features Notiê Restaurant and Chef Onildo Rocha's masterful cuisine, Abaru Bar and Annex's creative cocktails, Botâma Terrace's breathtaking city views, and Ateví's cultural manifestations connecting all environments with art, technology, and creativity. A visit to this unique São Paulo space is a can't-miss, and the surrounding area is abundant with attractions, including the Theatro Municipal, Galeria do Rock, Livraria Megafauna, and more, making it the ideal destination to add to your itinerary.
If you're looking for the perfect place to indulge your senses in São Paulo, Brazil, the Espaço priceless complex on the Alexandre Mackenzie Building's rooftop is beckoning you to visit. Combining a fine dining destination and cocktail bar with art and cultural installations and impeccable skyline views, this hotspot atop the Shopping Light mall is a must-see for tourists and locals alike.
The building once headquartered the electricity distribution company Light and was the home of the Theatro São Pedro that seated 3,000-plus spectators. As you step inside, you're greeted by the building's original 1929 elevators made in the United States from copper, iron, and wood. Now restored for modern use, they still display their original plaques with archaic Portuguese, such as the warning that "the exit of passengers must always precede the entrance of others."
Once you make it to the roof, the ambiance of the Espaço priceless permeates. The main highlight is Notiê Restaurant, one of the city's best new epicurean establishments that's distinguished by Chef Olindo Rocha's exquisite cuisine, including a 10 course menu with Pintado fish – Dried Banana – Green Coconut – Babaçu and Goat – Rapadura – Carrots – Sertanejo Couscous. The restaurant also features an 18-metre digital collage, emphasizing the Espaço priceless's focus on arts and culture.
There's also Abaru Bar, which serves unique cocktails, craft beers and dishes like pork belly with yellow corn munguzá and vatapá gnocchi in an innovative space. Additionally, there is Abaru Annex, a space for workshops and events where the space's concepts blend together in harmony. Plus, you'll experience thrilling views of the night sky from Botâma Terrace and find a feast for the eyes at Ateví, a space for connecting all environments, with art, technology, and creativity.
The Espaço priceless is close to some of São Paulo's most noteworthy sights, including the remarkable Theatro Municipal, the Farol Santander building, museums, shopping malls, and more. Check out the extensive list below for some inspiring ideas to incorporate into your itinerary!
Designed by architect Ramos de Azevedo and inaugurated in 1911, this venue is gorgeous inside and out, with a full musical program ranging from soirées and ballet presentations to operas and orchestra concerts. It also welcomes visitors for guided tours of the hall, staircases, concert hall, Great Hall, and other significant spaces in the building.
Address: Ramos de Azevedo Square
Galeria do Rock
Less than 500 metres from the priceless Space, this mall founded in 1963 got its name from the arrival of several record stores in the 1970s. Here, you'll find more than 450 businesses across its seven floors, selling everything from music, fashion, and sports apparel to skateboarding, graffiti, and silk screening. There are also tattoo and piercing studios, embroidery, and other creative arts.
Address: Avenida São João, 439
Located in the iconic Copan building in downtown São Paulo, this modern bookstore that opened in 2020 is worth a visit. The place was born with "the proposal to expand the idea of a bookstore as a space for reflection, curation, and content creation," as described on the store's website. So, don't be surprised if you witness an author doing a reading of their work, a debate, or a book launch when you go, as Megafauna offers a varied cultural program.
Address: Avenida Ipiranga, 200, loja 53
See breathtaking panoramic views of São Paulo through glass belvederes from the city's tallest structure, the Mirante do Vale building, at 150 metres high. You'll have the sensation of floating as you walk on transparent decks on the 42nd floor, with unparalleled views that stretch for kilometres. Just be aware that a reservation is required to visit the space.
Address: Praça Pedro Lessa, 110
Another postcard-worthy view of São Paulo, the building of Farol Santander, formerly known as Edifício Banespa, was once the largest in the city. Since the bank took it over in 2018, it has become a gallery hall for acclaimed artists with rotating exhibitions, and it features panels that share the building's history. You can soak in 360-degree views of the vast metropolis from a vantage point on the 26th floor.
Address: Rua João Brícola, 24
Biblioteca Mário de Andrade
Founded at Rua Sete de Abril in 1925, this was the first public library in São Paulo and, since 1942 at Rua da Consolação, it has become one of Brazil's most important research libraries. Its collection includes books, periodicals, and maps, among other historical materials. Among them are more than 50,000 items from the Circulating Collection that can be consulted on-site or borrowed. It's only 350 metres away from Espaço priceless!
Address: Rua da Consolação, 94
Dedicated to promoting science, this is a great attraction for children. The interactive exhibit is divided into four major areas: Universe, Life, Engineering, and Society. In them, you learn about topics ranging from astronomy, chemistry, and environmental preservation to dinosaurs, sea creatures, and bees. Among the highlights are the butterfly garden and the illusions room, where everything you see isn't exactly as it seems.
Address: Av. Mercúrio, s/nº
Pinacoteca do Estado
A 20-minute walk from the priceless Space is the Pinacoteca, São Paulo's oldest visual arts museum, founded in 1905. Its collection of approximately 11,000 pieces features works from renowned artists like Tarsila do Amaral, Anita Malfatti, Lygia Clark, Candido Portinari, and Almeida Júnior. Stroll in the tranquil and picturesque Jardim da Luz Park next to the Pinacoteca's entrance. Then, visit the nearby Pina Estação at Largo General Osório, 66, inaugurated in 2004 and home to the Memorial da Resistência de São Paulo.
Address: 2 Luz Square
Mosteiro de São Bento
The monastery, founded in 1598, can be visited during traditional masses with the Gregorian chant on Sundays at 10 a.m. It's also possible to visit at other times to see the church's architectural details, including the plaque on the floor of the central nave indicating that the remains of the Bandeirante Fernão Dias Pais and his wife, Maria Garcia, are buried there, along with the German organ that has more than 6,000 pipes. Before leaving, stop by the bakery and take home some bread prepared by the monks.
Address: Largo de São Bento, s/nº
Catedral da Sé
With religious and historical importance, the neo-Gothic style cathedral is 111 metres long and 46 metres wide. Schedule a monitored visit to discover the place's curiosities with a tour of the crypt, where there are 30 burial chambers, including the regent Feijó and the chief Tibiriça. In front of the cathedral, at Praça da Sé, you can see the Marco Zero, a prism-shaped monument that indicates São Paulo's geographical centre.
Address: Praça da Sé
the Espaço priceless
Address: Shopping Light (acesso pelo estacionamento no Subsolo, Shopping Light - R. Formosa, 157 - Centro, São Paulo - SP, 01049-000, Brazil (same building as Shopping Light. Exclusive entrance to priceless in the building's underground parking lot.)