Top things to do in Santiago

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…
Live Music in Praia

Quintal da Música

For the best local music, head to this Platô restaurant, which showcases live acts every night except Sunday. Traditional sounds abound, from morna and coladeira to batuko and funaná. Reserve ahead.
Music in Praia

Atlantic Music Expo

Over four days in April, this big music bash always offers a good time, with a line-up of performers from Cabo Verde, Africa, Europe and beyond. There's also a good street market. It happens just before the big Krio…
Historic Site in Tarrafal

Tarrafal Concentration Camp

On the main highway about 1km before the centre of Tarrafal is the ominous former Tarrafal Concentration Camp. Here Portuguese authorities used to hold and interrogate political prisoners during the 1940s. It shut d…
Museum in Praia

Sala-Museu Amilcar Cabral

This small museum and foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of freedom fighter Amilcar Cabral (1924–73). Photographs and other memorabilia shed light on one of West Africa's great visionaries. An intellec…
National Park in Tarrafal

Parque Natural Serra da Malagueta

Parque Natural Serra da Malagueta encompasses the dramatic, tumbling ridges 15 minutes' drive back along the road to Praia. There are a number of spectacular and fairly well-signposted walking trails that weave up a…
Shopping Centre in Praia

Praia Shopping

In a scenic bend on the coastal road, Praia Shopping is a sleek shopping centre, with colourful clothing shops stocked with beach and casual wear, plus an extensive grocery (basement level), a cinema and an outdoor …
Bar in Praia


Overlooking scruffy Gamboa beach, this buzzing eating and drinking spot draws a festive crowd, particularly on Thursday through Saturday nights when there's live music (from 9pm or 10pm). The outdoor tables on the d…