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Shopping in Curacao


Curaçao is a thriving centre for duty-free shopping. There are a plethora of random shops and markets around Willemstad offering clothing, souvenirs, crafts and other goods. These include a duty free "enclave" in the downtown area. Offerings emphasize European goods, to include excellent jewellery, timepieces/watches and linens, plus the usual collection of souvenir shops. A water front market lies nearby that's packed with fresh foods and flowers, best seen or shopped in the mornings. The island's eponymous liqueur is a highly-popular souvenir.

Shopping hours are generally Monday to Saturday, 8 am-12 noon and 2 pm-6 pm. On Sundays, however most businesses except restaurants in the city are closed.

Places to Shop

Willemstad's shops concentrate along Heerenstraat and Breedestraat in the Punda shopping district. When cruise ships are in port, many shops open for a few hours on Sunday and holidays as well.

Good buys include French perfumes, Dutch Delft blue china, Italian silks, Japanese and German cameras, jewellery, watches, linens, leather goods, and liquor, especially Curaçao liqueur. The island is famous for its 2.2-kilogram wheels of Gouda and Edam cheeses, and you'll also see decorative wooden shoes, lacework, woodcarvings, and paintings from Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

At Bamali (Breedestraat 2), every garment is designed and, in many cases, crafted by the store owners. Based on Indonesian patterns, the airy women's clothing includes V-neck cotton pullovers and linen shifts.

Boolchand's (Breederstraat 50), sells cameras and camera accessories as well as other electronics and watches.

Curaçao Creations (Schrijnwerkerstraat 14, off Breedestraat), showcases authentic handicrafts made at the on-site workshop.

Fine watches from nearly every maker plus a wide selection of jewellery can be found at any of Freeport's five locations: Handelskade 9, Heerenstraat 25-27, Handelskade 23, Heerenstraat 8 and Heerenstraat 13.

Little Holland (Breedestraat 37), reputedly changed hands, but still specialises in silk neckties, Panama hats, Nautica shorts and shirts, Swiss Army knives, and, most important, a sophisticated array of cigars. Crafted in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil, they include some of the most prestigious names in smoke, including Montecristos, Cohiba and Churchills.

As the name implies, Mr. Tablecloth (Handelskade 3), on the waterfront, is where the finest linens on the island can be found.

Gandelman Jewellers (Breedestraat 35, Punda), is the island's best and most reliable source for diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and other gemstones. You'll also find watches and leather goods at Baba's Jewellers (Breedestraat, 39, Punda).

For some truly unique nature-inspired jewellery and artistic prints, head over to the boutique called Maravia, at Handelskade 1 in Punda near the swing bridge.

Penha & Sons (Heerenstraat 1), is known for perfumes, cosmetics, and designer clothing for men and women.

Wulfsen & Wulfsen, at the Promenade Shopping Center (Wilhelminaplein 1), sells fashionable ladies' clothing from Germany and Holland and men's shirts in every colour of the rainbow.

Zylo (Wilhelminaplein 25), sells jewelry, perfume, sunglasses, pens, and cosmetics.

In Otrobanda, there are a number of high-end shops in Rif Fort Village next to the new Renaissance including Brietling, Tiffany, and a Little Switzerland.





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