Top things to do

Top Choice Mountain in Southern Coast

Cão Grande

The Great Canine is the poster image of São Tomé, and an awesome sight. An enormous tooth of rock 663m high, it is a hardened column of magma, the remains of an ancient volcano whose softer outer shell has long sinc…
Top Choice Seafood in São Tomé (city)

Papa Figo

This charming, well-kept and ever-popular tin-roofed patio restaurant is laid-back in style, but no slouch in the kitchen. Everything on the menu has an interesting new twist. The thick fish steaks are world class: …
Top Choice Factory in São Tomé (city)

Claudio Corallo Chocolate Factory

Claudio Corallo is both an extraordinary person and a local institution. For over 40 years this native Italian has pursued an overriding passion for coffee and cocoa in Africa, first in Zaire and later in STP, where…
Top Choice Fusion in Southern Coast

Roça São João

This well-known restaurant, an ever-popular weekend drive from the capital, occupies a sprawling deck at a classic roça administrator's house, with valley views towards the sea. The food is a mélange of European, Af…
Top Choice Fusion in Northern Coast


Hidden behind a wall on the main street of Guadeloupe, this restaurant comes as a shockingly good surprise. You'll find two gazebos set in a garden, with tables draped in white tablecloths. A generous wine selection…
Top Choice Fusion in São Tomé (city)

5 Sentidos

The 'Five Senses' has rapidly emerged as one of the top gastronomic options in the city. Powered by Lisbon chef João Nunes (formerly of Omali Lodge), it offers an Afro-Portuguese fusion menu with sophisticated meals…
Top Choice Beach in Northern Coast

Praia dos Tamarindos

One of the island's best beaches, a beautiful white crescent facing an emerald sea, with excellent swimming. An easy drive from the capital, it's empty during the week but crowded on weekends. Reaching Guadelupe fro…
Top Choice Beach in Ilhéu das Rolas

Praia Bateria

So perfect it stops you in your tracks, this cute little beach is a scallop of sand wedged between long walls of rock. Swimming here is like being in your own private bath. Definitely the couple's first choice, you'…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in São Tomé (city)

Pico Mocambo

This delightful rum bar is spread across the grounds of a historic plantation house – STP needs more of this! The bar itself is nestled in the top floor, and strikes just the right note with its plantation shutters …
Top Choice Beach in Ilhéu das Rolas

Praia Café

In the running for island's best beach, Praia Cafė is a short walk from the pier, and should not be missed. A beautiful arc of sand, it also offers excellent snorkeling when the waves are calm.