Top Restaurants in Curaçao
Collected by Lebawit Lily Girma, AFAR Local Expert
Curaçao is famous for its turquoise waters and panoramic vistas, but gourmands trek to this tiny Caribbean island for food, glorious food. From adventurous local fare like iguana soup to Dutch desserts served out of a truck, here's what to eat!
Weg Naar Westpunt, Westpunt, Curaçao
The ultimate spot to wind down in after sunbathing or cliff jumping (it's a thing) in Playa Forti, this restaurant has a vibrant blue exterior that matches its staggering views of the turquoise water below. Sip on a Curaçao Blue...
Caracasbaaiweg, Willemstad, Curaçao
As soon as you try BBQ Express, you'll understand why residents are obsessed with truki pan, the humble sandwich trucks parked all over Curaçao. This Caracasbaai staple is legendary for its enormous portions of barbecue ribs, pork, and...
Weg naar Knip, Westpunt, Curaçao
This airy poolside restaurant serves up Curaçao classics like iguana soup, goat stew, and fried funchi, a crispy (and addictive) polenta. But the menu has something for even the pickiest of travelers. In the mood for a regular ol' burger?...
De Rouvilleweg, Willemstad, Curaçao
Curaçao definitely runs on "island time," but it's worth getting to this café early so you can eat lunch or dinner on the colonial building's second-floor veranda. Gaze across the bay at Punda's colorful houses, then savor the...
Westpunt 24, Willemstad, Curaçao
Seafood and regional delicacies rule the menu at this charming 19th-century former plantation home—go for the fish tacos, ceviche, or keshi yena, a local entrée consisting of a large sphere of cheese stuffed with seasoned meat. The...
12 Nieuwestraat, Willemstad, Curaçao
Head to Willemstad's Pietermaai district at happy hour, and you’ll quickly stumble across a row of festive Euro-style bars on Nieuwestraat—but none are as funky and eclectic as the Cuban-themed Mundo Bizarro. This indoor-outdoor...
Hanchi Snoa, Willemstad, Curaçao
No matter where you are, sometimes a heaping plate of rice or noodles beckons—and this Indonesian-Surinamese restaurant doesn’t disappoint! Tucked away at the end of a long line of art galleries and craft shops, IndoSur has a dreamy...
2 Winterswijkstraat, Willemstad, Curaçao
Opened in 2010 by a Dutch couple, Baoase Luxury Resort is an intimate spot with fewer than two-dozen rooms. Despite its size, however, it has all the amenities of a larger property. Privacy and a high level of service are also very important...
82-84 Kaya Wilson Godett, Willemstad, Curaçao
Set on a picturesque terrace high above crashing waves, BijBlauw has breathtaking views and an effortlessly romantic vibe. The kitchen is partially open, so you can watch the chefs prepare fresh ingredients while you bask in the breeze. Try the...
De Ruyterkade, Willemstad, Curaçao
Hungry locals cram this Willemstad lunch spot every weekday, but the lines are well worth the wait. The massive outdoor food court hosts six different kitchens serving up local fare on an open flame. You can't go wrong no matter which stand...
Koralengebied, Willemstad, Curaçao
Opening up at the ungodly hour of 8 a.m. since 1954, tiny Netto Bar stands tall as a proud monument to the wonders of day drinking. Don't let this unassuming hangout in the middle of Otrobanda's gritty urban sprawl deceive you—visitors come...