Santiago restaurants

Top Choice Fusion in Praia


Inés, who spent 40 years in France, brings a touch of Europe to her cooking in this cheery cafe across the road from Gamboa beach. Market-fresh ingredients play a starring role in zesty salads, grilled octopus, seaf…
Top Choice Fusion in Tarrafal


One of the best eateries in Tarrafal, Maracuja serves up delicious seafood and grilled fish plates, with French accents. The arroz de marisco (seafood rice) is renowned. Leave room for melt-in-your-mouth crepes for …
Barbecue in Praia

Churrasqueira Dragoeiro

Follow the scent of fresh barbecue and the wafts of smoke pluming overhead at this famous, open-sided grill-house in Achada de Santo António. It's a very casual spot that draws a mix of locals and tourists, who chat…
International in Praia

90 (Noventa) Bistro

With its outdoor tables on the pedestrian strip, this stylish eating and drinking spot is a great place to start the night off in the Platô. There are tasty appetisers (like shrimp rissoles), high-quality grilled me…
Cafe in Praia

Sofia Café

This pleasant cafe-restaurant in Platô has outdoor tables on the square and a good selection of small sharing plates, including marinated octopus, grilled shrimp and yucca with steak. There's free wi-fi, decent drin…
International in Praia

O Poeta

O Poeta has a solid reputation for a no-nonsense menu of paella, rice with octopus, filet mignon and tuna tartare. It's also the go-to spot for a fabulous view from its lofty perch high above the coast. There's live…
Seafood in Tarrafal

Le Buzio

A delightful spot a short stroll from the plaza, Buzio serves fresh fish of the day, as well as plates of pork, chicken and beef. The covered courtyard is a relaxing spot to unwind. There's live music on Thursday ni…
Seafood in Cidade Velha

Restaurante Pelourinho

Serves some of the best grilled seafood in town, with tables set on an open-sided thatched roof terrace overlooking the crashing waves. The dish of the day is a bargain (CVE400).
Italian in Praia

Ponto d'Incontro

A favourite among expats, this cosy Italian trattoria serves up excellent thin-crust pizzas, as well as delicious housemade pastas and heartier grilled meat and seafood dishes.
Bakery in Praia

Pão Quente de Cabo Verde

Famed for its pastries, the ever-popular Pão Quente also serves up hot sandwiches, pastas, salads, savoury tarts, omelettes and other light fare. The coffee is best avoided.