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Visitors eat well in Curaçao. The island’s culinary offering is as diverse
as it is delicious, whether you’re dining out or just grabbing something
on the go. Options range from Asian-Caribbean delicacies to Spanish,
Italian, Chinese, Dutch. Willemstad is a major shipping hub, so markets
and supermarkets are well stocked with imports from Europe and
North and South America – making it easy to cater to every taste.
The diversity of the population is also reflected in the local cuisine.
The influence of Spanish rulers, Dutch merchants, Venezuelan and
Indian contract workers and Portuguese Jews have all left their mark
on the island’s culinary traditions. The highlight of the rich local cuisine
are its delicious stews, like ‘karni stobá’ (beef) and ‘kabritu stobá’ (goat).
It doesn’t get more authentic than lunch in one of the food markets of
Willemstad. Or try one of the excellent fish restaurants in the Koredor
area where the fish is served delicious and fresh for local clientele.
Driving around Curaçao, you’ll find small, essential shops everywhere
along the way, usually with a bar and chairs outside where the locals
stop for snacks. These are Curaçao’s famous ‘snèks’ (snack bars). Stop
by for a coffee, a beer, and some tasty treats, like ‘pastechis’ (savoury
pastries) or “Saté Ku Batata” (Chicken skewer with fries). Prices are
usually next to nothing. You can also find everyday items like shampoo
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