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Influenced by its distinct culture and history, the island’s culinary
offering is as diverse as it is delicious, whether you’re dining out or just
grabbing something on the go at a food truck. Options range from
Asian-Caribbean delicacies to Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Dutch cuisine.
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 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 heritage. The highlight of the rich local cuisine
are its delicious stews, like “karni stobá” (beef) or “kabritu stobá” (goat).
It doesn’t get more authentic than having lunch in one of the food
markets of Willemstad. Or try one of the excellent fish restaurants in
the Koredor area where delicious fish is served fresh from the ocean
for the 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 highly affordable. You can also often purchase everyday items
like shampoo and cigarettes at the Snèks.
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