Eat & Drink Here
Start the day like a local at Nini’s Jhonny Cake, which specializes in golden fried cakes (similar to an empanada or arepa) stuffed with Dutch cheese, ham, or salt cod. Along with kiosks selling fruit and island souvenirs, the Ronde Markt offers several great dining options, including
Simone’s Surinamese curries and noodles and Milaika Provence’s legendary krioyo food at Zus di
Plasa; 5/999/520-2294 or 5/999/ 461-1515. Before hitting one of Westpunt’s many excellent beaches, do some birding inside Jaanchie’s with a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade; 5/999/864-0126. Then hit up Landhuis Misje for Curaçao’s best pumpkin pancakes and kabritu; 5/999/522-9980. Don’t miss the smoked beef carpaccio at Blessing, located inside a former monastery in the Petermaai District; blessing curacao.com. Ròm bèrdè, or green rum, is unique to the island, and
Netto Bar is widely regarded as the anisey spirit’s creator; nettobar.com. For a contemporary craft cocktail, head to Luke’s Cocktailbar, which focuses on harder-to-find bourbons and amari; 5/999/522-8082. No evening would be complete without a visit to a truki pan, such as BBQ Express, where fries and marinated meats help soak up the day’s fill of cold beer; 5/999/682-7567.