Where to Eat in Curaçao
Nieuwestraat, Willemstad, Curaçao
Ginger is easily one of our favorite restaurants on the island. The restaurant, located n the Petermaii district of Punda, is actually owned by a Dutch ex-pat who actually owns the adjacent Petermaii Boutique Hotel and several other restaurants and bars on the same block. Ginger serves eclectic, vibrant dishes in a beautiful, dimply lit outdoor patio. They call it “Carib-Asian” food, but really it’s probably more accurately described as tourist-friendly Indian and Thai food, with menu staples like spring rolls, tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala and palak paneer. Don’t let my “tourist-friendly” description scare you away though—the food is EXCELLENT. They also make a great mojito and have wonderful after dinner adult dessert drinks.
Miles Jazz Cafe
41 Nieuwestraat, Willemstad, Curaçao
Just around the corner from Ginger is the Miles Jazz Cafe, which is just the cutest little bar serving up classic cocktails, cigars and live jazz nightly. Here you’ll find locals and tourists alike dancing salsa or simply enjoying some Caribbean jazz. Head to the Jazz Cafe after Ginger for a nightcap and some music—the perfect ending to a great meal.
Johan van Walbeeckplein 6, Pietermaai, Curaçao
Kome is a cool little new restaurant that we found in Punda that has a more modern, Western-style restaurant feel. It was similar to the types of trendy restaurants that we have all over California. The food and the service were both excellent—the waiters were super stoked to have a couple of Americans there (I think they see mostly Dutch locals and tourists) and were about as friendly as you could imagine. What’s even better is that the food is actually as good as the staff is friendly. We enjoyed a beautiful, house-made burrata, lavender and honey appetizer, a really well made caesar salad, some stone-fried flatbread and a really interesting, yet tasty duck dish. What’s even better is that everything is really reasonably priced for the quality of the food, ranging from $12 to $29.
Rif Fort, Renaissance Curaçao, Otrobanda
I’m sad to say that although the food at this restaurant has remained noteworthy, the new location is a bit of a bummer. When we came to Curaçao back in 2013 and 2015, we dined at this restaurant both times. The old location, which was located across the Waiigat bay from downtown Punda and the floating market, was situated on the water with incredible views of Punda and the nightly sunset. This location, however, was slightly difficult to get to and not accessible by foot, so I’m assuming that’s perhaps why they decided to move. They recently moved to the Rif Fort, where the Renaissance is located, which is clearly more convenient but does not offer the same incredible atmosphere and views.
As I mentioned, the food—despite all that I said above—is still very good. We fell in love with their whole fried red snapper dish and seem to get it every time. They also have great lobster, sushi, and steaks. It’s on the pricier side of restaurants in Curaçao, but does meet that higher end restaurant feel, which is actually quite difficult to find in Curaçao. Main dishes range from about $20-35 and it has a beautiful outdoor patio, with a decent ambiance that is sometimes enhanced by live music.
St. Tropez Ocean Club
Pietermaai 152, Willemstad, Curaçao
St. Tropez Ocean Club is a super sexy, sleek little ocean club that boasts stellar views, great music and good food and cocktails. Though the name suggests a french beach club, the style is more like Greece, which I am not upset about. Beautiful infinity edge pools are framed by modern white structures.
This place is about the most Instagram-worthy club in Curaçao. The all-white buildings, coupled with an infinity pool overlooking the ocean and purple lounge cushions combine to make an easily photographable setting. Day or night, this place is a must-see.
Unnamed Road, Sabana Westpunt, Curaçao
For truly authentic, local food, head over to Jaanchie’s located out in Westpunt. They serve stew, iguana, goat, grilled fish, pork chops and chicken dishes and on most days you will find only locals there. Jaanchie’s is very close to Sol Food. There is no longer an ATM there, so bring cash. They take guilders or dollars. Don’t be in a rush; it may take a while if it’s busy and they are definitely on “island time.” Just sit back and enjoy it.
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