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Shops - Cape Verde

There are furniture and household good shops, quality may differ and usually imported from other countries so you can expect some items will be more costly due to added importation costs.

There are many Chinese Shops, selling various items, from food, clothing, building materials, household items and furniture.

You can get fresh produce such as eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, cucumber, onions as well as frozen vegetables such as peas, broccoli, cauliflower in most of the shops. On Sal there are mainly small shops or stores, while on Santiago they have a few more larger stores and have much more choice and supply of fresh vegetables.

There are a few Deli's in Santa Maria on Sal Island where you can get some local bacon (like streaky) , meats, cheeses, fruit and vegetables. There is one better mini market up in Espargos which has a better choice in frozen meats and vegetables. Street vendors will probably try and sell tourists items at a higher price than in the shops, this happens on Sal anyway from my experience and with some friends. However if you know what the prices should be you can haggle. There can sometimes be a shortage of particular items on the island i.e. eggs/tomatoes etc. However things are improving since the delivery of fresh produce from the Canaries, 2.5hr flight away.

There is also packet food such as pasta and noodles or tinned items you can buy in most food shops. Expats or those coming to self catering apartments may bring their favourite supply of tea, coffee, bacon and cheeses from their home country for their own personal consumption.

On Sal there is a supermercado called Cazu situated near the new Police Station in Santa Maria which now sells fresh meat and imports Heinz baked beans and other named brands from Portugal. A tin of Heinz baked beans may cost 2 Euros. Most of the ships that bring in fresh produce arrive on the islands of Santiago or Sao Vicente to unload before being re-loaded onto smaller ships heading for the other islands.

There are also wholesale suppliers such as 'Oliver Foods', 'Emicela', 'IF&B', 'Master Fruit' on Sal Island. Those living on Sal do not usually need to by in bulk from these suppliers if you just need items for personal use. There are also a few small fresh produce farms on some islands.

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