Praia — literally "Beach" in Portuguese — is Cape Verde's capital and busiest city. While it's maybe not comparable to a western metropolis, with a population of only about 130,000 (2010 census), one in four Cape Verdeans call the city home and the city is an important thoroughfare for international visitors to the archipelagic country.

73 things to do

All Places Cape Verde

Praia town hall

Built in neoclassicist style with a square central tower, the town hall is one of the finest examples of colonial architecture around. It's still in use. When the doors are open, make sure to have a look inside. There's even some information on the building's history available for visitors.

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Casa Verde

Probably the only dorm-beds in Praia. About fifteen minutes from Plató, but close to much of Praia's nightlife. Pluses include free lockers, cleanliness, beers for sale and fast Wi-Fi. However, it does lack a good common area and the kitchen facilities are somewhat limited.

United Kingdom

There is no British Embassy in Cape Verde. The British Embassy Dakar, Senegal is responsible for delivering consular assistance to British nationals in Cape Verde. If you’re in Cape Verde and you need urgent consular assistance, you should contact the British Embassy Dakar.

OTHER   —  +221 33 823 26 —  Dakar, Senegal

Mercado Municipal

Food and artisanal objects for sale from the early morning on. It's a vibrant, colorful place worth visiting for every traveler, except that it's not a good place if you suffer from claustrophobia, as it can get pretty crammed here. Also, watch out for pickpockets.

Presidential Palace

Built in the late 19th century as the residence of the Portuguese governor, nowadays it is the presidential palace. It has lately been renovated with financial help from China. Other governmental buildings are located nearby.

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Diogo Gomes monument

A monument dedicated to Diogo Gomes, the explorer of the islands. It is located at the south of the plateau, and there are great views from there to Praia do Gamboa and Ilhéu de Santa Maria.

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Residencial Rosymar Inn

Newly renovated bed & breakfast located in the heart of the city of Praia, known as Plateau, near the Presidential Palace. Friendly staff, very clean and quiet rooms. Breakfast included.

O Poeta

Next to the Portuguese embassy with a good view of the city, O Poeta is popular among the upper class and tourists. House specialty is barbecued squid with vegetables and cheese.

Praça Alexandre Albuquerque

A square in the central old town. Albuquerque was a governor who was passionate about card playing; therefore, each of the four corners of the square is marked by a suit.

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Ilhéu de Santa Maria

A small island just outside the harbour. Formerly people with leprosy were quarantined on the island; currently Chinese businessmen are planning to set up a casino here.

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Pestana Trópico

10min to centre of the Praia. 5km from the airport. Comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a pool, fitness center and private parking.

Museu Etnográfico

Located in a historic building in the old town, this museum presents the history of the Cape Verdean people through objects of everyday life.

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Oásis Atlântico Praiamar

Decrepit infrastructure, outrageously overpriced. Rooms have kingsize beds and are equipped with cable tv, minibar and hairdryer.

Supreme Court

The supreme court is a pretty building at the Praça Alexandre Albuquerque. It may be possible to visit it on the inside too.

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Cybercafé Sofia

A great place to eat local food and watch the world go by. Popular among expats and the local chess playing community.

EAT   —  +238 2 617546 —  Map

Restaurante Avis

Reportedly good food right in downtown, but the service is slow as usual in Cape Verde. Occasionally live music.

EAT   —  +238 2 613079 —  Rua 5 de Julho

Fundação Amílcar Cabral

Cultural centre dedicated to the revolutionary leader Amílcar Cabral (1924-73). Notable for its murals.

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Restaurante Gamboa

African cuisine and large servings. They also have a nice selection of local wines. Friendly service.

EAT   —  +238 2 611115 —  Cha D'Areia

Restaurante Panorama

Located downtown in the Hotel Felicidade. Open all day. Their buffet is popular with businesspeople.

EAT   —  +238 2 614100 —  Rua Serpa Pinto

Cruz do Papa

A large cross; from where it stands, there's also a nice view over Quebra Canela beach.

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Praia de Gamboa

Gamboa beach, which gave the city its name. However, it's not suitable for swimming.

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Churrasqueira Dragoeira

Famous for its bbq chicken, this is also a good restaurant to meet locals.

Quintal da Música

Located on the plateau, here you can hear national and traditional music.

Residencial Praia Maria

This three star hotel is a bit past its prime, but is bright and clean.

SLEEP   —  30 Rua 5 de Julho

Perola Hotel

Wi-Fi available in the common areas, laundry service, private parking.

Quartel Jaime Mota

Old barracks next to the presidential palace, have seen better days.

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Praia Cathedral

The city's cathedral was constructed in 1902 in classicist style.

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Beramar Grill

Specializing in fish, famous for tuna and bacalao on white wine.

EAT   —  +238 2 612826 —  Chã D’Areia

Café Cachito

The oldest bar in town, located right at the main square.

Hotel América

In Praiha, south of the centre of town near the beaches.


Additionally a rental store at Hotel Pestana Trópico.

Mercado de Sucupira

Another market to visit; the same precautions apply.

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Estado da Varzea

The city's football stadium seating 10,000 persons.

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Restaurante Flor de Liz

Cap Verdean cuisine, wide menu and large servings.

Cybercafé Cabral

Internet, copy machine, printing in many formats.

OTHER   —  +238 2 38 2629984 —  Map


Nightspot open on Fridays, not far from Bomba H.

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Bomba H

Open air disco, popular among the city's youth.

Sovaco de Cobra

Down-to-earth restaurant popular among locals.

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CTT Cabo Verde

The main office of CTT, Cape Verde's mail.

Residencial Paraíso

B&B in the Plateau district. Free Wi-Fi.

SLEEP   —  +238 2 613539 —  Rua Serpa Pinto 73

Hotel Santa Maria

Has a panoramic terrace with good views.

A Capital

Located in the Hotel Praia Mar complex.

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Palácio da Assembleia

The national assembly of Cape Verde.

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Churrasqueira Benfica

Brazilian-style barbecue restaurant.

Restaurante Punto D'Incontro

Italian and Cape Verdean cuisine.

Igreja do Nazareno

A Protestant church.

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Cybercafé Sofia

See #Eat.

OTHER   —  +238 2 617546 —  Map


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OTHER   —  +238 2 61 56 21 —  Plateau


OTHER   —  +238 2611112 —  Map


DRINK   —  Achada Grande.

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