CUR TravelGuide 02.04.20 - Flipbook - Page 66
Just like Otrobanda, Pietermaai was built at the beginning of the
18th century due to a lack of space within the Punda city walls.
Originally a residential neighborhood, the area was named after
the Dutch captain Pieter de Meij who settled in Curaçao in 1674.
Today’s Pietermaai is a trendy, bohemian neighborhood on the
rise. Its lively art scene and nightlife make it popular with students,
tourists and locals alike. Most of the monumental buildings have
been restored into their original state and transformed into
boutique hotels, restaurants, and bars.
TO DO IN PIETERMAAI:
Stroll through the Nieuwestraat, possibly the hippest street on
the island. By day, the colorful pastel buildings that line the oneway street, light up the area. After sunset, the outdoor cafés fill
up with sharp-dressed locals and tourists as the nightlife engine
begins to rev up.
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