Roça São João

Top choice fusion

in Southern Coast

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, African and São Toméan tastes, but best when it sticks to creative takes on local fare, be it chicken or fish. The prix fixe menu makes choosing easy.

The restaurant is run by TV chef and general culture promoter João Carlos Silva, who also owns CACAU. It's the perfect lunch stop if you're heading south, but reserve ahead on weekends. You can also stay at its pousada.