Top things to do

Top Choice Caribbean in Mindelo

La Bodeguita de Mindelo

Cool little bodega (wine bar) with a series of small low-lit rooms, graffitied walls and excellent Caribbean fare prepared by the owner from Guadeloupe. Daily specials are written out on a board; don't miss the brus…
Top Choice Bar in Mindelo

Jazzy Bird

Known to locals as Vou, after the friendly owner, this cool little basement bar plastered with old jazz posters attracts an older crowd. Big-name local musicians play jazz late on Friday nights.
Top Choice Seafood in Ponta do Sol

Calheta por Sol

Bistrolike restaurant with sidewalk tables on the waterfront, where the French owner conjures up a mix of European and Capeverdian specialities using prime local products. Start with the goat cheese beignets (pastri…
Top Choice Capeverdian in Santa Maria

Cafe Criolo

The least touristy most downhome place to eat in town, this low-key eatery with a streetside verandah serves delicious homemade food, like cachupa (beans and corn mixed fish or meat; preorder it), fish stews and tu…
Museum in Praia

Museu Etnográfico de Praia

This one-room museum has a small collection of traditional Cape Verdean artefacts and a few treasures hauled up from the many sunken ships. An occasional temporary exhibit focuses on a theme.
Bakery in Praia

Pão Quente de Cabo Verde

For the best pastries in town, head to this busy place. You can eat in or take your delicately wrapped treat away with you. There's another branch in Achada Santo António.
Seafood in Praia


This seafront spot with a large pink interior is where locals come for a good meal paired with eager service. The extensive menu features lots of fish and shellfish. Located on the road to Prainha, in Chã d'Areia.
Pizza in Tarrafal

Pizzeria Alto Mira

French-run Alto Mira serves up tasty wood-fired pizzas as well as a few fish dishes plus Fogo wines. The Mediterranean courtyard setting is pleasant.
Notable Building in Mindelo

Centro Cultural do Mindelo

Inside the old customs house, the cultural centre houses changing exhibitions of local arts and culture and has a great little shop selling local crafts, music and books.
Cafeteria in Mindelo

La Pergola

This cosy cafe, under a straw roof inside the courtyard of the Alliance Française, serves good-value lunch specials as well as a range of cakes and pastries.