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Santa Maria Festival

Santa Maria Festival (Santa Maria beach, Sal Island) —this musical event is held every Fall season at this popular beach town. Various Cape Verdean and international artists perform at this outdoor beachside concert. Musical genres highlighted there range from youth-oriented, fast-moving rhythms like Kizomba and kuduro, to fado and even reggae.

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Café Lisboa (Rua de Libertad d’Africa, Mindelo, São Vicente)

Café Lisboa (Rua de Libertad d’Africa, Mindelo, São Vicente) – housed within the same building as Nella’s restaurant, this is a regular hangout for musicians, intellectuals and politicians alike. A great place to order caipirinhas and grog (the local rum), and to soak in the local guitar-driven music, including the melancholy signature sounds of Morna […]

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Yüka

Yüka (Route Express de Gammarth, Gammarth Beach) – this is another new beach clubs popping up in the Gammarth Beach area (located 30 minutes north of the capital, Tunis; or 15 minutes northwest of Carthage). Yüka caters to a young (20-something year old) crowd – playing Hip Hop and international pop music. Bottle service is […]

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The Rocks Lounge

The Rocks Lounge (Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel, Zanzibar) – this bar (located within a resort on the north end of the island), has a bustling lounge scene, and is best known for its “Full Moon Party” (held on the Saturday of a full moon) – complete with acrobats and fire eaters. Other parties are thrown […]

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Tatu Pub

Tatu Pub (Shangani Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City) – this three-level bar attracts a large contingent of college-age backpacker tourists. A variety of liquors (including a large stock of single malt whiskies) along with (mostly) South African wines are served here. Like other venues in Stone Town, this one has a worthy view of the […]

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Simba Beach Restaurant

Simba Beach Restaurant (Kiwengwa, Zanzibar) – located on the northeast coast of Zanzibar island, this is a beach bar & restaurant gets its share of visitors. It’s decorated in a warm African style and enjoys magnificent views of the ocean and Kiwengwa beach. It is open every day, both for lunch and dinner. It offers […]

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Papaya Restaurant & Beach Bar

Papaya Restaurant & Beach Bar (Kiwengwa Beach, Zanzibar) – given the growing contingent of Italian tourists that have discovered Zanzibar, and are flying there on vacation more frequently, this explains why this bar & restaurant serves good quality Italian coffee and Italian meals, too. The lively Italian tourists here help make this bar one of […]

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Paje by Night

Paje by Night (Paje, Zanzibar) – located within a resort of the same name, this bar draws in both average tourists, as well as surfers and kite boarders who are drawn to the seaside action here. Some of the liveliest parties in Zanzibar are held here (including foam parties!). Even Monday evenings are known for […]

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Mercury’s Bar

Mercury’s Bar (Mizingani Road Malindi Road, Stone Town, Zanzibar City) – this seaside bar pays tribute to a unlikely celebrity that once lived in Zanzibar: rock star Freddie Mercury (of the famed band “Queen”). Mercury lived here until he was 17 (1964), when he and his family fled the revolution that swept through the island […]