Cape Verde Journals

Santa Maria - a Bit of Night Life

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A February 2008 trip to Cape Verde by MichaelJM

Cafe Nocturne Photo, Cape Verde, Africa More Photos
Quote: Although we didn't 'do' the nightclubs there were a number of night bars that we tried out.

Cultural cafe

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Restaurant

Cultural cafe Photo, Cape Verde, Africa
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Situated in the main square of Santa Maria is the Cultural Café. This restaurant has a great ambiance and manages to merge local culture with the needs of the visiting tourist. This is a typical Cape Verdan laid back approach by the front of house team but underneath the restaurant seems to run like clockwork.Local music plays through discreetly placed speakers (although several nights a week a local band plays to the diners form the square) and waitresses buzz around the tables with broad smiles for all of the visitors.We weren’t in a rush and I ordered a couple of beers whilst we checked out the menu. It had some interesting local dishes on the menu and after some wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2008

Cafe Nocturne

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Restaurant

Cafe Nocturne Photo, Cape Verde, Africa
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This restaurant had a real authentic look about it and had sixteen seats arranged around tables in a very compact space. We’d had no real plan as we had originally booked for Chez Pastis this evening but due to unforeseen circumstances they were closed and as The Café Nocturne was literally a stone’s throw away we decided to give it a go.We saw a couple of locals tucking into large salads and a small table of German tourists seemed to be enjoying themselves. The restaurant had a very limited menu but we could both identify something that we fancied and so we entered this tiny establishment. None of the staff were able to speak a word of English and we were reliant on pointing just to get ou...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 7, 2008

Lourdes

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Attraction

A pre dinner drink! Photo, Cape Verde, Africa
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This is bar to try if you are feeling real brave. It’s just a few steps from Zum Fischermann and having passed it a few times I felt it was safe enough to checkout.It has a very small courtyard that you have to walk through to get to the beaded curtain that covers the entrance to the bar; four strides and you’re into the doorway and it was at that point that I pulled back the beaded curtain and wished I hadn’t bothered.The bar’s six bar stools were occupied and as I stood at the entrance seven pairs of eyes 9including) the barmaid just started at me. I paused, thought and then considered we were best not staying. They did not seem that welcoming so I turned to go only to fin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 5, 2008

The Chill Out Bar

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Attraction

The Chill Out Bar Photo, Cape Verde, Africa
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Who could resist checking out a bar called ‘chill out’. We certainly couldn’t and one night left the hotel earlier than normal so we could enjoy a drink prior to our meal.The bar has a pan-tiled veranda that fronts onto the main street so it’s a perfect place to people watch They’ve obviously had problems with people just settling down into their seating as there is a cautionary note on the entrance indicating (I loosely translate) that purchases are obligatory. There is a limit after all, even at ‘Chill Out’.Either side of the veranda are double entrances to the bar itself which is accessible from three sides. In fairness the inside is a bit like a converted barn and there are ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 6, 2008

Calema Bar

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Local band at Calema Bar Photo, Cape Verde, Africa
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I reckon this to be one of the larger bars in Santa Maria and after our very unsatisfactory meal at Nocturna I fancied a drink in relaxed but convivial surroundings. The Calema seemed to fit the bill!The street side seats were all taken and so were happy to sit inside where we discovered a local band on stage preparing to give a performance.The bar is brightly decorated and although we’ve never been to the Caribbean (yet!!) this is what we’d consider to be a classic Caribbean environment. Certainly the group of musicians were ‘well chilled’ and the bass guitarist had obviously modelled himself on his idol Bob Marley. After a lot of testing – ‘one, two’ (yes they did utter those ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 6, 2008