bf and i took a quick visit to botafogoto one morning to take some daytime shots of suarloaf since we went on the cable car (gondola) during sunset / night. upon entering the beach area i immediately noticed botafogo praia shopping because it's a really large shopping mall, and then i directed my attention to the top of the building to notice there is a sky deck with outdoor patio overlooking botafogo.
i put 2 and 2 together and convinced the bf that we had to go upstairs to the sky deck and it was the best decision ever! reasons to visit:
1) the outdoor patio upstairs: the patio gave the perfect vantage point overlooking guanabara bay as well as sugarloaf, and the best thing is, it's free!
2) food court: the patio is on the same level as the mall food court, which had a variety of chain restaurants, but you have plenty of choices and during the wkday, it's packed with business employees grabbing quick lunches. trust that you won't go hungry here.
there are plenty of shops and there's also a cinemark movie theater as well. a must visit if you want a good elevated view of sugarloaf.
Too vertical, too many escalators. You get dizzy if you have to go to the movies for instance. The view ist spectacular, there are some good small restaurants upstairs and the movie is Cinemark -- it speaks for itself.
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