Curaçao – the C of the ABC islands 

If you haven’t heard of Curaçao, I think you might be living under a rock… 🙈 no offense… This little island 🌴 is making itself known for sure.

Curaçao is part of the Netherlands Antilles, the C of the ABC islands of the Caribbean. An island with a familiar feeling to us Surinamese people, hence the reason we go there often. Family, friends, work… most of the things we come to visit and do on this beautiful island with the sun ☀️, sea 🌊, and sandy beaches 🏝.

Apart from their diverse cultures and different languages, we most of the time feel at home 🏡. My own saying: “Curaçao is my home away from home.”


I’m always into food, and as soon as I get the chance to explore the food culture and many restaurants, I will do so. Because Curaçao is very tourism minded, the diversity in cultures also shows in the diversity of restaurants.

I will separately share my experiences on the eight (yes 8!) restaurants we’ve visited on this trip to Curaçao.

Here’s the list –

And a little about the restaurants:

  1. Restaurant & Cafe Gouverneur de Rouville:

    While you enjoy your lunch, dinner or just a beer or coffee, the big ships pass by at only a few meters distance. Gouverneur ‘de Rouville’ or simply ‘De Gouverneur’ is located at the Otrabanda waterfront and serves a rich variety of international dishes. A ‘must’ for every visitor of Curaçao.

  2. Oporto Restaurant:

    Oporto Restaurant is a striking wooden structure on the banks of the Waaigat, an inland lagoon in the historic city center of Willemstad. The perfect combination: a marvelous sight and a taste of Curacao best ribs or our international cuisine!

  3. Kome Restaurant:

    Located in the historical district of Petermaai, Kome features a chef driven menu where worldly cooking techniques lay the foundation for the creative freedom Chef David and Pastry Chef Susan live for in the kitchen. The chefs cook things that make them happy, like homemade sausage, tasty sandwiches, curry’s or stews; fried chicken, fresh bread, pie or something altogether surprising and new.

  4. The Greenhouse Bar & Restaurant:

    The Greenhouse Curaçao started by three Lebanese Brothers. They know how to combine Caribbean food with the Mediterranean delights of, among others, the Lebanese cuisine. The Greenhouse offers tasteful Caribbean & Mediterranean dishes.

  5. Scampis:

    Scampi’s is known for it’s daily fresh fish, a variety of seafood and life Caribbean rock lobster. Their Chef and attentive staff welcome you to savor excellent cuisine and relax to the gentle swaying of the waves and enchanting tunes performed daily by local artist, in an intimate setting at one of the island’s most historic monuments. Located in the Historical Waterfort Arches in Punda.

  6. Papagayo Beach Club:

    The team behind the well-stocked beach bar will keep you hydrated as you work on your tan. Throughout the day the Club’s restaurant serves casual beach fare – appetizing bites to nibble on or more ample dishes before kicking off your night out.

  7. Landhuis Dokterstuin:

    Restaurant Komedor Krioyo in Landhuis Dokterstuin serves delicious creole meals in the casual garden. A nice location for all kinds of receptions and private parties.

  8. Katsu

    A Japanese restaurant with an extensive Sushi Bar, where you see how our master chefs prepare your fish.
    Besides sushi, the hot kitchen offers many dishes.

As this was also get-to-know-the-island-better trip, my cousin and I went to several beautiful locations. Which of course I will share with you too. Some of the locations I will go in on a little further in other blog posts, others will just be shared on the list below with a few pictures.

What we got to see on this trip:

  • Kura Hulanda Village

  • Scuba Lodge & Ocean Suites

  • Saint Tropez Oceanclub

  • Mambo beach Boulevard (BLVD):

    Mambo Beach Boulevard offers great shops & restaurants! Not the traditional places, but local and international brands to spoil yourself, buy great gifts, treat yourself to a nice lunch or dinner in one of the restaurants or a drink in one of the cafes or bars. You will want to dive right in the clear blue ocean of Sea Aquarium Beach, and you can get that beautiful new bikini first! There is always something happening at the BLVD, every hour of the day!

  • Pietermaai District:

    Pietermaai District’s allure draws business men, artists, students and travelers alike. Fondly referred to as the “SoHo” of Curaçao, its stunning architecture is likely to catch one’s eye. Boutique hotels, small shops, cozy little cafés and top-rated restaurants snuggled together, makes the neighborhood highly walkable and perfect for exploring at your leisure. It’s a neighborhood full of mystery, magic and fun. Only in Pietermaai District.

  • Punda vibes:

    Punda Thursday Vibes is the celebration of the renovated Punda streets and squares and it revives the Punda experience that so many people love. More than 10 bars and restaurants offer Happy Hour and dinner specials. More than 40 stores remain open during sunset hours and you will be greeted with live music, entertainment and special activities.

  • Miles Jazz Cafe:

    Miles, named after Jazz legend Miles Davis, is a brand new Jazz Café in the Nieuwestraat located in the colonial center of Pietermaai Smal. Enjoy laid back Jazz music from real vinyl turntables and tasty drinks in a relaxing atmosphere!

  • Curaloe Ecocity and Aloe Vera Plantage 
  • Serena’s Art Factory:

    Located on east side of Curaçao and in the vibrant city centre of Punda. Serena made sure that visiting these places is a unique experience for young and old. You can treat yourself to a great variety of colorful, handmade Chichis® and souvenirs or paint your own souvenir during a lively and pleasurable workshop. ‘Nothing beats a Chichi® painting workshop under the sun in a breezy colorful environment.’ – Satisfied customer.

     

  • Ostrich Farm

  • Cas Abao

    Cas Abao offers you a white sandy beach, crystal clear waters, waving palm trees and many gazebos for shade. The beach combines a natural country setting with all the conveniences of a full service beach. Cas Abao is ideal for swimmers of all ages and its reefs are a paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers. A raft for sunbathing and playing is moored off the beach.

  • Grote Knip 
  • Kleine Knip 
  • Fishermans Warf

  • Shete Boka

 

We’ve seen a lot! I might have forgotten a few… But, that would make this post a lot longer. I hope you enJoyed reading this and that you are surely planning on visiting the island soon. You can always find more information on the island on their website.