Cuisine In Cape Verde

Cape Verde offers healthy and exotic food and drink. Below are some examples of the interesting delights that await you.

Fish is a popular element of cuisine in Cape Verde, while meat and fresh vegetables also form a staple part of the national cuisine. Below are some of the most well-known dishes on the islands:


  • Melon with local cheese (of the island)
  • Local cheese with dates
  • Pickled turtles’ eggs

Main courses

  • Tchassina: salted goat meat, eaten with "cachupa"
  • Cachupa: a mixed stew of corn and beans
  • Diable Dentro: pastry with “the devil” inside (tuna, onions, tomatoes, and pastry
    made from potatoes and flour)
  • Stewed beans: with "feijão longo" (long beans)
  • Goat stew (served at all popular feasts)


  • Water melon and Melon salad
  • Melon fruit preserves
  • Other fruits, eg. bananas, mangos, papayas, guavas, and coconut
  • Local cheese

All drinking water should be bottled, boiled or carbonated and water for brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or sterilised. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. You are advised to avoid all dairy products and foods from street vendors. Meat should always be well-cooked meat.

Purchasers of investment property in Cape Verde should be aware that local beer, wine and spirits are commonly available, while soft drinks are unusually expensive.

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