Kurt Kaffee is an elegant bar that functions as an antique shop, too. It manages to combine perfectly the old with the modern. Musicians often come and play jazz, bosa nova, blues, but local music as well. Food includes grilled dishes, oysters, local dishes, snacks and sandwiches and sweets. It has an excellent collection of more than 40 kinds of beer, more than 30 varieties of whisky, the first oyster-bar in Brazil, a tobacco shop, a video room, a cyber-cafe, a gift shop and a piano bar. Its logo is “Kurt Kaffee, where art and good taste have found their appropriate place” and it's true. Both food and music are very satisfying.
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The dolphins living in these waters are of Tucuxi species. Their length usually reaches the 2 meters, which is rather small, and have a grey back and a belly that is a mixture of white and pink. They feed on small fish, shrimps and seashells and prefer the shallow waters near sandy and muddy coasts where they can easily find their food. They can be found in Cananeia year-round, especially near Cardoso and Comprida islands and generally in South and Central American coasts. Unfortunately the graceful creatures are threatened by men's actions, like growing tourist activities, and the contamination of sea water by pesticides and chemicals....!
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Sambaquis are mounds of shells - [samba=seashell qui=hill] - left by primitive nomad people of the region, the sambaqui people. The staple diet of this Indian group was mollusks and fish, so they always left the empty shells on the sand. The mounds accumulated through time to form small hills. They also used these shells in combination with bones for the construction of their houses. The remains of those houses are now protected. The Sambaquis are estimated to have lived from 4,000 BC until 1,000 AD.
There are several restaurant on the sea front near Praça Martim Afonso. Their specialties have to do mainly with fish, lobster and shrimps but they also offer local meat dishes.
More small and big restaurants are scattered in the city. I used to have self service lunch in one near the church- I don't remember the name. Its buffet was tasty. It is on the corner opposite the church.
One of the most popular ones is Porto Camarão (camarão means prawns) on Avenida Independencia, 161. Tel: (13) 3851-3994