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Top Choice Bistro in Mindelo

Casa Cafe Mindelo

Near the waterfront, this buzzing place serves up some of the best cooking in town amid chunky wooden tables and industrial light fixtures, with traditional artwork adorning the walls. The chalkboard menu lists chan…
International in Mindelo

Nautilus

Near the waterfront, Nautilus has an open-air courtyard with a sizzling grill where you can get tasty plates of char-grilled tuna, grouper, octopus, chicken and filet mignon, along with cachupa, arroz de marisco (se…
Wine Bar in Mindelo

ZeroPointArt

Gallery space downstairs and a chilled wine bar upstairs, with lots of contemporary artwork, dark ambient lighting and cool music. A good place for a low-key night out, over wine and tapas-style snacks. It has live …
Cafeteria in Mindelo

La Pergola

This cosy cafe, under a straw roof inside the courtyard of the Alliance Française, has delicious salads, pastas and mixed seafood plates, plus tempting cakes and pastries. It's also a fine anytime spot for coffee or…
Museum in Mindelo

Museu do Mar

Inside the Torre de Belém, Mindelo's most intriguing museum gives an overview of São Vicente's history, from the island's role in the triangular trade to whaling in the late 19th century. Displays from shipwrecks re…
Seafood in Mindelo

Chave d’Ouro

This old-fashioned 2nd-floor restaurant hasn't changed in decades. The menu has good-value classics such as cachupa (beans and corn mixed with fish or meat) and feijoada (bean stew with pork or seafood; both CVE450)…
International in Mindelo

Kalimba Beach Club

Out on Prainha Laginha, a 15-minute walk from the centre, Kalimba is a great spot for a sundowner. The open-sided deck perched over the sand offers fine views of the turquoise waters and Mt Cara beyond. Aside from d…
Pizza in Mindelo

Bella Napoli

Catch a taxi to the low-income Ribeira Bote neighbourhood for Mindelo's best pizza inside the basement of a family home. This word-of-mouth pizzeria run by an Italian from Naples has colourful wall decorations, good…
Bar in Mindelo

Bistro Flutuante

You'll need to get your sea legs before venturing out onto this breezy floating (sometimes bobbing) dock in the marina. You'll find a few salty expats and out-of-towners enjoying the sea air and peaceful views – plu…
Arts & Crafts in Mindelo

Cap Vert Design

A fine place to browse for gift ideas, Cap Vert Design has dolls, aprons, T-shirts, jams, wicker bottles for grogue, Batik paintings, wallets made of recycled materials, coffee-table books, postcards, magnets and so…