Mindelo has a vibrant cafe culture and loads of great restaurants and bars to choose from, as well as a thriving music scene with a host of festivals throughout the year.

Food and places to eat

Mindelo’s restaurants offers a diverse and flavoursome experience, from Portuguese tapas to seafood specialities, traditional dishes and French cuisine. Fish is caught daily by local fishermen, and generally all local produce is fresh and of excellent quality.

A visit to São Vicente would be incomplete without visiting Casa da Morna, after a vibrant dinner at the roof top restaurant Le Gout, which is located in the same building. Enjoy your food to the music of a local band and, after dining, why not join the local dancers on the dance floor. Around 11:00 o´clock, stroll down to Casa da Morna, where world famous capeverdean musicians show up frequently for a jam session – you never know who you going to meet!

Just tell us when you’re coming and we’ll make sure to save you a seat!

Our local manager and villa hostess are always there to offer recommendations and detailed directions, as well as make reservations. They can even tell you where to find the best local music on a Thursday evening and which table you should ask for to get the best views of the island!

Delicious fresh seafood is caught daily by the local fishermen of Sao Vicente.


São Vicente has a thriving music scene and a genuine joy of life, embodied in its vibrant festivals.

The colourful Brazilian-style Mardi Gras carnival, held in February, sees people from all over the world come to Mindelo for 3-4 days of music, partying, costumes and samba dancing. There is also a large music festival in August, which takes place on the first weekend of the full moon at Baia das Gatas, and the MindelAct theatre festival in September. New Year is another reason for carnival. People travel from all over the world to experience these exotic celebrations.

Villa St Aubyn is the perfect place to enjoy all of these festivals as it is located in the heart of Mindelo, and the celebrations are literally on your doorstep. And if you want to take a break, the villa’s relaxation facilities are at your disposal for precious quiet moments in the privacy of its quarters and spacious roof terrace.

The bright colours, exotic dancing and vibrant music of the Mardi Gras carnival.


The music scene in São Vicente is flourishing and our villa hostess will point you towards the best local places with live traditional sounds, which we guarantee will stay with you until your next visit to the island.

Mindelo also has a vibrant nightlife with a lively buzz of music throughout the bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The beautiful and distinctive Morna music is a trademark of Mindelo and São Vicente, made famous by

the legendary Cesária Évora. The nightlife scene starts late, around midnight, and it helps to have a local point you in the right direction, which is exactly what we can do.

Music and dining night

We can also bring the beautiful music of Mindelo to you for your very own private music and dining session at home. We will provide a local chef and traditional music players to accompany your dinner.

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