Updated on Sep 16, 2019 by Kathryn Burrington
Blog > Our top 10 favourite restaurants in Praia
Praia, the capital of Cape Verde on the island of Santiago, is a bustling African town with a touch of the Mediterranean.
When it comes to the local cuisine, seafood abounds, but there’s plenty of alternatives on offer with a great range of restaurants enjoyed by locals, tourists and expats alike. Here are just a few of our favourites. You'll find a map at the end of the post showing all their locations.
Rua Ilha Santa Luzia , Palmarejo , Cidade Da Praia
While a little out of the way and tricky to find, we think Secreto Iberico is well worth the effort. You'll receive a warm welcome in this cosy tapas bar, and of course, great food and wine.
Praia Shopping, Quebra Canela, Praia
Situated in Praia's shopping mall, people come here to enjoy the wonderful views out to sea, good food and service. The limited menu offers a range of Mediterranean and Portuguese dishes.
Quebra Canela, Praia
With lovely views across the beach of Quebra Canela, this is a great place for a lunchtime snack and a cool beer. A mix of locals and tourists come here to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and good, inexpensive food.
Avenida Uccla | Achada Sto. Antonio, Praia
You’ll smell the smoky barbecue before you see it when you visit this great value, no frills grillhouse, popular with locals and visitors alike. A simple eatery that’s great value for money.
Achada de Santo Antonio 27, Praia
A small and popular restaurant, well known for its seafood.
Rua 13 de Janeiro, Achada Santo Antonio, Praia
This simple bakery, that's one of a chain in Praia, is great for breakfast or a lunchtime snack. Their custard tart from Portugal, pastel de nata, comes highly recommended (although it might be best to get your coffee elsewhere).
259A Achada De Santo Antonio, Praia
With a stunning view across the bay from its hilltop position, this is a popular seafood and Mediterranean restaurant-come-lounge bar, with live music at the weekends from 9pm.
above: Perceves, a local delicacy in Cape Verde, image credit: mimohe | Shutterstock
Excellent seafood restaurant with generous portions. (It's worth noting that you will be charged for the olives, water etc brought to your table when you arrive unless you refuse them.)
Avenida Cidade de Lisboa, Praia
A popular Italian trattoria serving mainly, but not exclusively, homemade pasta dishes and thin crust pizzas (with a great range of toppings). Keep an eye out for their regularly updated menu on the blackboard.
Avenida Amilcar Cabral 70, Praia
With a name that literally translates as ‘the backyard of music’, this place is not to be missed by music lovers, with live performances most evenings. In the centre of the old town, it’s popular with both locals and tourists, offering traditional cuisine and wine from the nearby island of Fogo.
And if you are looking for somewhere to stay in Praia check out Oasis Praiamar Hotel and Pestana Tropico Hotel.
Posted in Food & Drink, Kathryn Burrington, Top 10s | Tagged Santiago, Things to do
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