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Food & Dining in Curacao


Local cuisine in Curaçao is a mixture of European, West-Indian and South East Asian (particularly Indonesian) flavours. Dutch influences are found in the use of cheeses, bread and seafood, which are also important in Curaçaoan food. Indonesian cuisine, a migrant from Suriname, another of the Netherlands' former colonies, can be found on the island, and explains the widespread availability of satay and peanut sauce along with the islands more Caribbean fare.

Curacao is littered with 'Snacks,' small bar restaurants which serve Chinese Food. These are typically inexpensive, double as convenience stores and bars, and are typically open later than most other restaurants which cater to local patrons.

The abundance of Dutch Gouda and the presence of lots of European restaurant owners makes for a gooey and tasty culinary experience for you, from the cheese and ham toasts to the strangely compelling keshi yena, a traditional baked dish of spicy chicken, dates, raisins, olives, and velvety Gouda.

Places to Dine

Bistro le Clochard, located in the Rif Fort, offers outstanding French cuisine with a beautiful waterfront view, Bistro le Clochard is an excellent restaurant with superlative service. Gouverneur de Rouville, located just north of the floating bridge on the Otrobanda Side, is a popular restaurant in Willemstad that serves a variety of continental European dishes in a wonderful atmosphere.

Wilhelmina Plein Café, located 200 metres East of the Floating Bridge in Punda, is a favourite among the island's many Dutch interns and businessmen. Wilhelmina Plein Café offers exclusively outside seating along a major pedestrian thoroughfare, with good food and one of the island's better beer selections.

La Pergola, located in the Old Fort on the Southwest Side of Punda, is likely the island's best Italian restaurant. Offering good pasta dishes as well as a few innovative 'secondi', La Pergola's quaint waterfront view completes an excellent dining experience.

Seaside Terrace is located next to Breezes Hotel and close to Lions Dive Hotel and Mambo Beach near the end of Penstraat. Seaside Terrace has a limited menu, but serves delicious fresh fish (red snapper, dradu, tuna, etc.) and, if available, very well prepared lobster against very fair prices. Plasa Bieu, located in Punda, about 300 meters fromthe floating bridge in Punda, is the favourite lunch spot of most of the island's local-born population working in Punda. The Plasa Bieu has about five restaurants within it, serving Chinese, Jamaican and Krioyo (local) food.

For international cuisine, head to the Scultpure Garden Restaurant, located in the Kura Hulanda Hotel, one block West of the Governeur Restaurant.





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