Na Mata Café

Suits and social butterflies flock for live music and cocktails

Fran Parente
Na Mata interior

Perched at the edge of officeland neighbourhood Itaim Bibi, the recently-renovated Na Mata Café is everything but a café – blending cocktail bar, restaurant and live music hotspot. It serves a constituency of both animated professionals in suits and social butterflies in tight pants and heels, who break bread in the restaurant before heading through to the dancefloor to break a sweat.

Airy electronica accompanies the late cocktail hour, with exotic grape-and-key-lime caipirinhas and Red Bull party combos for any gang of friends needing an extra pick-me-up. The Jack Na Mata – Jack Daniels or Southern Comfort, plus Kahlúa and coconut ice cream – packs a powerful punch.

The not-very-well-appointed dining area – rectangular, with rows of tables on two levels running parallel to the bar – does have comfy, plush seating, perfect for a satisfying dish of duck breast in wine sauce, or a less pretentious cheeseburger – take our advice, though, and steer clear of the ceviche with yogurt and mint. Stay on for the rotating musical acts – from pop to rock, dance and MPB – that perform on weeknights, especially if the Stevie Wonder tribute band is on. They’re damn good.  

Na Mata Café details

Address Rua da Mata 70

Itaim Bibi, São Paulo

Telephone (11) 3079 0300

Na Mata Café website

Prices chope R$9; caipirinha R$15.90; cover R$20-$50

Open noon-3.30pm Mon; noon-3.30pm, 7.30pm-late Tue-Thu; 8.30pm-late Fri,Sat



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