Cape Verde Cuisine
Being an island state, sea food is available almost everywhere. On most islands fresh fish can be purchased on or near the beach, and a variety of fish (Peixe in Portuguese) can be found including tuna, wahoo and garoupa. In some places it is possible to see the fishermen coming in with their catch in some. In restaurants, the cost of a fish dish can range from about 600CVE (€5) for a grilled fish up to approximately 1500CVE (€13) for something such as lobster, or prawns. The fish on offer include varieties not widely known in Europe.
Chicken is readily available and so are eggs and compared to European prices, they are cheap. Meat is available, but beef is rare and is not something regularly eaten. One of the speciality Cape Verdean dishes is a stew called cachupa, which is cooked slowly and comprises corn, beans, cassava, sweet potato and fish or meat. It varies in detail from island to island, but it is a dish that should be tried when visiting the country. A seafood speciality in Cape Verde is buzio (conch or sea snail) and percebes (sea fingers or gooseneck barnacles)
Restaurants are plentiful in the larger towns, but in smaller villages and on the smaller islands, they may be fewer, but some of the food can be of good quality. Eating out is not expensive and certainly compared to Europe, most restaurants could be considered cheap. Wine is available and usually at very reasonable prices. A very nice wine is produced on the island of Fogo, where the vineyards are in the crater of the volcano. This wine is a little more expensive, but well worth trying. Unfortunately the eruption of the volcano in 2014 did affect the production of the wine, but it can still be found.
Shops vary in the availability of food, on some of the smaller islands shops are dependent on the arrival of the boat with supplies. On the bigger, more tourist orientated islands, a good selection of food can be found, and there are small local shops and slightly larger supermarkets. In addition, most towns have a market, where a wide variety of fruit and vegetables can be found, some of which are unfamiliar to Europeans, but should be sampled. In addition to fruit and vegetables, some markets will also sell eggs and other more common foods.