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Where to eat in Cape Verde? The bigger cities and main tourist town are, unsurprisingly, the easiest places to find great eats. Santa Maria on Sal has some of the best places, from beachfront resort establishments (usually open to non-guests) to simple-but-superb cantinas.
On Boa Vista, sleepy Sal Rei is full of more top-notch Cape Verde restaurants, again spanning international and local flavours. The best bets are Belgian establishment Elcibar (Vila Cabral 2) and, in the old town, the rooftop Grill Luar (Rua da Cruz) for fabulous hospitality and faultless Cape Verdean cuisine.
Cape Verde restaurant-seekers wondering where to eat in Praia should head to the Achada de Santo António quarter, where a cosmopolitan crowd of Japanese and Mediterranean outfits await. Titi Sushi Lounge (Complexo Ondas Do Mar) always gets good reviews.
In São Vicente’s capital of Mindelo, meanwhile, try Rua Santo Antonio for delicious Creole cuisine. Morna music will be playing somewhere nearby, adding an evocative extra dimension to your experience of dining in Cape Verde.
Further afield, there are tasty lunch and dinner options available in plenty of small town and village cantinas. Try to call in advance to order a meal, or take a chance on the sole prato del dia (dish of the day).
Lunches at Cape Verde restaurants can be as cheap as 400 escudos (about £3), with a three-course meal at dinner typically costing 2,000 escudos (£15-16). Meat dishes are slightly more expensive, and prices soar when lobster and octopus are involved.
The chief rule of thumb for dining in Cape Verde is: don’t judge a place by its exterior. Often the best places to eat have unremarkable frontages. Look for a local crowd, use your nose as a trusty guide and expect a warm welcome wherever you choose.