Following on from our top tips on Where to eat in Ponta Delgada, if you’re exploring outside of the capital we have a handy series of guides on where to eat on Sao Miguel.
Here’s our guide on where to eat in Sete Cidades and the west…
#01 – Heading west out of the city, you’d be forgiven for missing the Saca-Rolhas Taberna; hidden amongst the narrow streets and houses behind Joao Paulo II airport. My first visit to the taberna was also my very first visit to Sao Miguel – an Azorean friend thought I’d enjoy ‘the best steak on the south coast’, but it’s their Bacoeira (octopus and bacalhau, heavy on the garlic) which draws me back time and again. It’s a good option if you’re heading home after a long day at Sete Cidades and Ferraria:
#02 – Continuing west and down into Sete Cidades, there are three great lunchtime options. As you cross the bridge between the twin lakes of Lagos Verde and Lagoa Azul, lookout for the O Peojo teahouse on your left. It’s a striking new-build of local stone and cedar, with a similarly local feel to the menu – home made cakes and teas from the plantation at Gorreana:
#03 – A very old-favourite our whole team here at Archipelago is the Restaurant Sau Nicolau – just opposite the church in the centre of Sete Cidades village. There was a time when the Sau Nicolau was the only restaurant option – I once made the mistake of ending a walk there on a Sunday afternoon, only to find that every table was occupied by local families. Quite right too: they serve no-frills Azorean cuisine in those famously-generous Azorean portions:
#04 – A recent addition to the village is the Green Love Restaurant, down on the shore of Lagoa Azul. It’s a modern, open-plan cafebar with big outdoor terrace – ideal if you’re biking, hiking or kayaking on the lake and want a quick break for lunch. It’s arguably the most family-friendly of the three options in Sete Cidades if you have younger children – the fields leading down to the lake are a nice safe space for kids to run around:
#05 – Leaving the caldera behind, the west-coast village of Mosteiros often sees the island’s most stunning ocean sunsets. The Poca da Pedra bar is the best place to enjoy a cocktail as the sun goes down:
#06 – They only really serve snacks at Poca da Pedra; a better option for dinner is the Restaurante Gazcidla (past the Igreja Mosteiros church, on yoru right heading south). Like the Sao Nicolau in Sete Cidades, they serve big portions of traditional Azorean cuisine:
Our ‘Where to eat’ guides are based on our first-hand experience of visiting the Azores and our love of great Portuguese cuisine:
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