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Top Choice Seafood in Ponta do Sol

Caleta

A bistro-like restaurant with sidewalk tables on the waterfront, Caleta has a French owner who conjures up a mix of European and Cabo Verdean specialities using prime local products. Start with the fried-goat-cheese…
Health Food in Paúl

O Curral

Along the road in the tiny settlement of Chã João Vaz is O Curral, known to locals as Alfred's, a straw-roofed restaurant, farm shop and grogue distillery run by an Austrian who's been living in the valley for decad…
Seafood in Vila das Pombas

Casa Maracujá

This charming open-air rooftop eatery with mountain views serves up some of the island's best cooking, with delicious, locally sourced ingredients prepared with care. Start off with grilled goat cheese or fish carpa…
Italian in Vila das Pombas

Black Mamba

A friendly, Italian-owned spot that serves up delicious pizzas and pastas as well as seafood (whatever is fresh for the day). It's located inland, a short walk from the seashore (with a big sign visible from the mai…
Distillery in Vila das Pombas

Trapiche Ildo Benrós

At Trapiche Ildo Benrós, grogue is made using the 400-year-old trapiche (a machine for juicing sugarcane). Sample drinks such as passion-fruit caipirinha under tall almond trees, as a veritable zoo of animals roams …
Cafe in Vila das Pombas

Atelier

This artsy hideaway behind Hotel Paul Mar is the local hipster hang-out. Run by a young musician and his wife, it serves yummy snacks, traditional dishes and herb teas in the small interior or on the large terrace o…
Seafood in Vila das Pombas

O Veleiro

On the main highway near the centre of town, O Veleiro serves up tasty (but somewhat overpriced) prawns, grilled octopus and other seafood plates in a simple open-sided seating area overlooking the sea. Not a bad sp…
International in Ponta do Sol

Cantinho do Gato Preto

A popular spot along the main road leading to the oceanfront from the square, this eatery mixes international classics and some local faves. Its small patio hosts live music on Wednesday and Sunday evenings (from 6.…
Pizza in Vila das Pombas

Pizzeria Ti Lello

This Italian-run spot with a covered patio churns out the island's best pizzas as well as a decent lasagne. It's a short walk away from the coastal strip, opposite Aldeia Jerome.
International in Povoação

Cantinho de Amizade

A down-home place near the main plaza with a courtyard (and partial mountain views). Come for pork cutlets, fried fish, spaghetti and good-value lunch specials (CVE450).