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Sal Island

There are many restaurants, cafe's and bars on Sal Island, some more popular than others, but it doesn't mean to say that some of the local places to eat aren't worth a visit. Some of the restaurants close for holidays during the summer months when it's quieter, others change ownership and are re-named or new ones open and close from time to time. Below you will find a list of places to eat and drink in Santa Maria, the main tourist area on Sal Island. There are more in Espargos, then some others in the smaller villages on the island. This page is not updated regularly but you can check out restaurants and bars advertised on this page and also in our  Yellow Business Directory

If you are looking for more information on activities and services on Sal Island and Santa Maria, Cape Verde, you'll find this under 'What's On - Sal Island' on the right side of this page.

A section of the road along Rua 1 de Junho is being pedestrianised (May/June 2018) making it safer for tourists wishing to amble along the road and for the restaurants and bars in that area to offer services outside their restaurant or bar.

However, whichever island and place you choose to eat at, here are some top tips, best advice to help keep you from having a dickie tummy:

1. Don't lick your fingers

2. Use hand gel before eating

3. Be aware of what you handle before eating food.

4. Don't bite your nails.

5. If there are lots of flies about be extra wary.

Map of Sal Island, Cape Verde 

A number of bars and restaurants will provide 'happy hour', 'special promotions', 'special events' or other offers on food and /or drink, either on a regular basis or as a one off 'promotional offer'. There are also bars and restaurants which show sports coverage of football, or other sports or major events. They may also provide live music. You can book dinner in advance in some All Inclusive hotels. At B&B or half board hotels you can also enquire about booking a table for dinner and choose from the menu. Some hotels may also provide other forms of entertainment which you can enjoy after dinner.

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BEACH FRONT (between Pier and Hotel Odjo d'Agua):

The Cretcheu restaurant (on Pier)
Sol Doce
Beach Caravan (it's a caravan)
Palm Beach Restaurant
Barracuda Restaurant
Sal Beach Club (SBC)
La Villa Restaurant and Soul Kitchen
Cafe Londres - is situated on the road at the rear of Sal Beach Club
Farolin Restaurant at Hotel Odjo d'Agua

BEACH FRONT (on sandy beach between Pier and Sal Hilton Hotel):

Beach Club (in front of The Morabeza Hotel)
Qiosk Brazillian
The Dubliner Irish Bar
Museum and Funana Restaurant
Atlantis Restaurant
Salinas Sea Beach Bar
Bar da Praia (in front of Oasis Atlantico Hotels - Belorizonte).
The Bounty (in front of the Hilton Sal)

Hotel Restaurants -

Where you can have a meal, but make enquiries with the hotel:

Belorizonte and Novorizonte
The Riu Palace and Riu Funana
The Hilton Sal
Odjo d'Agua
The Robinson Club (Adults only) 
Melia Dunas, Llana, Sensimar, Tortuga.

Ponta Preta (West Coast):

Ponta Preta Restaurant
Bo Bar

Rua 15 de Augustus:

Blu Bar
Ocean Cafe
Cafe Cultural (on Square opposite Ocean Cafe)
Lanchonette d'Angela.........self service buffet lunchtime, BBQ on weekends.
Le Prive'
Cafe del Mar
Bar Quintalona
Mercarea de Peixe
Sobres Livros
Cape Fruit
Columbus Restaurant (Praia Antonio Sousa Beach)
Josh Angulo's Restaurant (Praia Antonio Sousa Beach)

NOTE: Papayas Restaurant (closed for refurbishment) - walk through Porto Antigo 1 complex to harbour wall.

Snack Bar Bilu (between Hotel Odjo d'Agua and outdoor market).

Rua 1 de Junho (from Hotel Morabeza):

Garden Grill
Nha Terra
Unknown (across from Nha Terra)
Chill Out
Meditteranian Italiano
Gira Mondo Icecream
Around corner from Gira Mondo: 'The Hungry Frog' and 'Leonardo's Italian Restaurant
Americos Restaurant
Buddy's Bar
The Colonial
Cafe Cultural (on Square)
Market, Sports Bar and Grill (Genuine)
Upstairs Bar?
Sal Grosso
Gin & Beer ? ..... after G&B but before the next restaurant (around corner) is Cafe Creolo
Padaria Pastelaria

Between BCA Bank and Pier:

Small Snack hut
Nha Terra
New Ice cream cafe

Entrance into Santa Maria from Espargos (follow the road : Rua Amilcar Cabral):

Shell Garage
Enacol Garage Cafe
Hotel Sobrado Restaurant
Pensao Porto do Vento - rear of Enacol Garage, on new road.
Bar A Onda (Djadsal Residence)
Turi Fogo (Zum Fisherman)- just back off the main road
Mexican Restaurant ( behind Djadsal Residence)
The Cave
Chicken Avalanche (off side street)
Tubarao Azul
Restaurant Oliveira
Camara Camara Shwarma

Rua Amilcar Cabral:

Hotel Pontao
Turi Fogo (Zum Fisherman)- just back off the main road
More cafes and restaurants by Patio Antigo building including: Benvass.
Chez Pastis
Pastelaria Relax
Sushi Bar (Kossivi's)
Tam Tam (maybe closed)
Legends Bar (and Pool Table)
Cafe Creolo - around corner at top of road
Bar Restaurante Dona Anna
Bons Amigos - off side street at far end of road.

Hotel Boulevard (its a road that heads towards west coast):

Gin and Beer
Bailey's Bar and restaurant


There are many other smaller local cafe's and restaurants in and around Santa Maria.

INFORMATION COLLATED BY: www.capeverdetips.co.uk