Things to do
Updated: October 14th, 2004
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unprepared, you risk losing all the fun. The photo above is from Praia´s
100 years´ anniversary in 2002.
are some ideas on how to get to know more about Praia.
Check out our
tips for bathing in and around
The outdoor food market
Look out for coffee from Fogo, the delicious sour-sop (a big, green fruit with sour-sweet meat inside),
the cinnamon cake, the choriço (spicy sausages), the toresma (crispy, fried pork meat/fat), or just
take in the atmosphere! Please respect that many of the vendors do not appreciate being photographed.
Sucupira - the outdoor supermarket
A big market down at Fazenda, below the Plató. The central mini bus station for
all destinations except Cidade Velha (up on Terra Branca).
Capeverdean CDs (ask for Zé di Sucupira), clothes, cloths, furniture, radios,
shoes, shaving gel, batteries for any wish and watch. Lively, currently slightly
dominated by West Africans crowding the country to make a living. As markets
like this tend to be, it is a bit labyrintic. Bargaining is compulsory, but not
Closed Sundays, when the square nearby is crowded with people selling off stuff
sent them form relatives living abroad.
If you do not like markets like this, the boring (because it
is just like home), but very efficient
supermarket Kalú & Angela in Achadinha is an option.
There are a few discos in town. They all play the
captivating Capeverdean music, mixed with international hits. Here are our
- BombH is the place for young people. Situated
right behind Coca-Cola factory in the industrial area after Terra Branca, on
your way to the new suburb.. Usually crowded, after 11-12PM.
- Zero Horas (Midnight Hours) in Achada Grande, a
plateau opposite the city centre, is quite big, with bars and a restaurant.
Sometimes also live bands, but mostly regular Capeverdean styl disco
- Capital in Prainha is a more upmarket night
club. Situated in the embassy and hotel zone Prainha, it is more expensive,
and attracts older people, more expats and tourists.
- Kriola near the
Capeverdeans love to sing and play. There are many great
talents, and they are often to be seen and heard in the all to few live spots.
They eenter, sings a couple of their favorites, and then leave for an other
place. Most people go out around midninght, but music starts araound 9 PM.
- A Frontera in the Achadinha
offers great "pinchu" (barbecued meat on skewers). Sometimes, the famous
master of funana music, Bitori Nha Bibinha, plays there. Actually, he lives
almost next door. Lots of other artists performs there, too.
- African American bar near Terra
Branca, to the left near a small chapel. Listen out for the music, and you are
there! Fridays and Saturdays are most lively.
- Violon club next to the
Dragoeiro, behind the police station in Achada Santo António (Meio de Achada,
more exactly) is a night club of sorts. A restaurant across the street
sometimes offers live music with the meal, and then the band will pack and
walk over to continue the party there.
- A night spot also exists downstairs of
an old colony style builiding right opposite the main Post office on the Plató.
No signs, just listen for the music or follow the people descending the stairs!
- 5al, (or Quintal) da
Música, is a good live spot, found on Av. Amilcar Cabral near
the American Embassy.
- Dragoeiro is the best place for skewers (pinchu) and chicken. Everybody comes here, from expats, rich and
famous, to the ordinary local people. Great athmosphere. You find it in the Achada Santo António area.
Ask them for a bottle of the local wine (Manecom (pronounced ´mane:cong´)), produced on the neighbouring island
Fogo. Closer to the Marconi area, there is a fairly new hamburger/shishkebab restaurant, owned by a Capeverdean
returned from Switzerland . The shishkebab is great.
- O Poeta has the best view. Also in the Achada
Santo António, on the descent to the Cha d´Arieia
- Garden Grill used to be a nice place, with occational live music. In Fazenda, not far away from Sucupira,
the big outdoor supermarket. It closed down in 2002, but may have reopened.
- A few meters upwards from the Hotel Marisol you can find one of the better restaurants in town. I have
forgotten the name.
- Ponto d´Encontro Italian pizzas, owned by an Italian. Pastas and other dishes available. A popular place.
Outdoor/indoor facilities. In Varzea, on Av. Cidade
Lisboa, near the governmental palace. Tel. 261 7090 / Cell. 993 1084
- A new, Italian, restaurant/bar opened at the
end of 2002, next to the parliament building. Worth trying out.
- A Bolha is a cafeteria in a central crossing in Achada Santo António, near Marcóni. A Bolha is a
great place for a coffee or beer, with some of the delicious ever-present pastel or reções, types of pastry
with tuna fish or prawn stew inside. Sit down, look at people come and go. Small supermarket next door.
- Café Sofia
Café Sofia also boasts an internet café and sells Capeverdean music. A popular place.
- Cachito is one of the oldest
cafés in Praia. Situated in the Palacio da cultura facing the
Praça Alexandre Albuquerque,
it used to be a place for
The red building to the left is the cultural palace, containing a gallery, the Capeverdean authors´ association,
the Cachito, an internet café, and a book store in the basement (also a good collection of Capeverdean music).
Tel. 2 619278
Buy Capeverdean music?
- Palacio da Cultura, Av. Amilcar Cabral
- Harmonia, Rua Cândido dos reis, not far away
from 5al da Música
- 5al da música, Av. Amilcar Cabral
- Café Sofia,
- Sucupira (ask for the shop of "Zé di Sucupira")
the huge outdoor market
- Ask for the "Verão" or "Bale pena" series for pop music, or Lura, a
young artist with a great voice!
- Ask for funana the typical Santiago style music, intense, party
dance! Ferro Gaita are the best today. "Fidjus di funana" vol 1
and II are CDs
with a good mixture of artists
- For more Santiago roots style: Terrero´s "Xubenga" is a great CD with
the old traditional "batuku"
- Ask for mornas and koladeras: Terezinha Araújo, Cesaria Evora,
Tito Paris, Dudu Araújo, Maria de Barros,
Read my article on batuku
Cidade Velha is THE historical focal point of Cape Verde,
being the site for the first bishop in "Tropical Europe", the first capital of
Cape Verde and a slave market, from where thousands of people were sold to work
in the Americas and Caribbean.
Mini buses leaves from Terra Branca, right before entering
the Achada Santo António. The trip takes ca 20 minutes. Go there to relax,
wander in the quiet among the small houses, some still with the typical straw
roofs. The first cathedral has been restored. Enjoy the view from there! W sugar
canes, pawpaw and mango trees, and then ask for a Coral, the local beer (the
factory was set up by a famous Danish brewery..), and moreia frita - or fried
For a commercial list, see
de Cabo Verde (English, Portuguese, and Italian), or the