Top things to do in São Filipe

Top Choice International in São Filipe


Overlooking a small plaza, Pipi's fires up some of the best cooking in Fogo. Senegalese-style maffé (a peanut-sauce) with grilled tuna or chicken is first-rate, along with fish stew and spaghetti with shrimp. It's a…
Gallery in São Filipe

Dja'r Fogo

A must-stop for visitors interested in history, culture and coffee, Dja'r Fogo is run by a local artist who splits his time between Lisbon, Paris and Fogo. It serves as art gallery, cafe, information point and launc…
Museum in São Filipe

Museu Municipal

Pop into this airy colonial mansion with two floors of exhibits, showcasing old photographs, traditional music instruments, sewing machines and sundry items. You can watch the 28-minute film about the 1995 volcano e…
Bakery in São Filipe

Maria Augusta Bakery

The friendly Maria Augusta churns out delicious bread and pastries from the giant wood-burning oven inside what looks like a garage. Look for an orange building on the edge of the sea near the church. Stock up on pu…
International in São Filipe

Fogo Lounge

As the drinks flow, afternoons quickly slip through to evenings at this stylish outdoor restaurant-lounge bar. Meals revolve around sandwiches, salads, pastas, burgers, pizzas and crepes, as well as more substantial…
Cabo Verdean in São Filipe


Calerom's open-air courtyard makes a laid-back setting for grilled meat and seafood dishes. It draws locals on game days – note the murals of Messi and Ronaldo adorning the walls – as well as on Saturday nights, whe…
Museum in São Filipe

Casa da Memoria

Set in an 1820s house, this delightful little cultural space illustrates what life was like in Fogo over the past two centuries, via a collection of ceramics, photographs, decorative objects and household items. The…
Seafood in São Filipe


For a special meal, make dinner reservations at Tortuga B&B, where Italian owner Roberto cooks up innovative seafood dishes based on his father's old recipes, prepared using local ingredients and homemade produc…
Seafood in São Filipe

Tropical Club

Just up from the main square, this cheerful restaurant with a palm-shaded terrace has an extensive menu of mainly seafood dishes; try the delicious Fogo-style tuna. On Friday nights it has a tocatina (live tradition…
Beach in São Filipe

Baía da Salinas

Join the locals at the lovely Baía da Salinas. Protected by strange volcanic rock formations, the beach is 19km to the north of São Filipe on the route to Mosteiros.