Eating out

Hi from culinary Curacao! When you will be making your way over here for a dreamy holiday, keep reading ahead for our favorite places to spoil your appetite. Discover the little out-of-the way spots, go on a culinary adventure and check out the best breakfast and lunch joints.

Bandabou area

Bandabou is the region name for the west part of Curacao. It roughly starts at Grote Berg and goes all the way to Westpunt.
Jan Kok Lodges is located in Bandabou. And close to the Lodges you will find many great places to eat.

Bali Grote Berg
Kaya Grote Berg 4, daily 12 am – 10 pm, Saturday & Sunday as of 8 am
Delicious Indonesian, Thai and Suriname dishes for breakfast (weekend only) lunch and dinner.

De Buurvrouw
Weg naar Westpunt, Tuesday – Sunday 2 pm – 9 pm
Local and international oriented lunch and diner.

Karakter Curacao
Coral Estate, daily 8 am – 9 pm
Beach and lounge restaurant around the corner of Jan Kok Lodges.

Coral Estate, daily 10 am – 10 pm
Rooftop bar and restaurant for casual lunch, dinner and cocktails.

St Willibrordus, daily 8 am – 11 pm
Toko just around Jan Kok Lodges’ corner serving local food, famous for its goat burger.

De Visserij
Piscaderabaai, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday 12 am – 9 pm
Fresh frish, lovely laid‑back restaurant. Reservations not possible.

De Lantarnu
Weg naar Soto, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 5 pm – 10 pm
Great bistro restaurant for inside or outside lunch or dinner.

Restaurant X
Weg naar Bullebaai, daily 5 pm – 11 pm
Fine dining and wonderful wines.

Sol Food
On the way to Playa Kalki, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12 am – 10 pm
Pizza, amazing salads and more while you enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the bay.

Landhuis Daniel
Weg naar Westpunt, daily 12 pm – 10 pm
Tropical bistro serving a mix of French, Dutch, Caribbean and Asian cuisine.

Willemstad area

The lively capital city offers very varied restaurants and cafes. From Jan Kok Lodges you reach Willemstad in about 20 minutes by car.
Park at the Riffort (free of charge) and walk into the city via the Pontjesbrug.

Mundo Bizarro
Nieuwstraat 12, Pietermaai, daily 8 am- 1 am
Cuban oriented restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and some pretty good cocktails.

Kome Restaurant
Johan van Walbeeckplein 6, Tuesday – Saturday 12 am- 10 pm
Lunch, dinner and tapas with an international twist.

Plasa Bieu
De Ruyterkade, Monday – Saturday during lunch time
Local food market serving lots of different local lunch dishes. You sit at large communal tables. The place to sample authentic cuisine at an affordable price.

Serafina Restaurant
Lombokstraat, Monday-Saturday 6.00 pm – 10 pm
Romantic outdoor Italian dining. Limited but very fresh menu.

La Bohème
Columbusstraat 4, Monday-Saturday 8 am – 10 pm
Juices and smoothies made with fresh fruits and huge sandwiches which will satisfy a large appetite.

Saint Tropez Ocean Club
152 Pietermaai, daily 8 am – 10 pm
International cuisine with a local twist.

La Reina
Kaya Wilson Godett 86, Monday-Saturday 7.30 am – 5 pm
Breakfast, lunch and pastries. Also visit the adjoining lifestyle store in the back of the shop.

Kaya Papa Wilson Godett 82-84, daily 8 am – 10 pm
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the partly covered courtyard at the seaside.

Rozendaels Restaurant
Penstraat 35, daily 5 pm – 10 pm
Local Creole and international dishes.

Restaurant Nultwintig
Penstraat 300, Monday-Sunday 12 am – 12 pm
Culinairy hotspot serving dishes to the upmost highest level.

BKLYN Curaçao
Loostraat 1, Tuesday-Saturday 5 pm – 12 pm
Cocktails and quality bites in a laid‑back vibe.

Bonchi Coffeehouse
Hanchi Snoa 14, Monday-Friday 7.30 am – 2 pm, Saturday 9 am – 4 pm
Coffee and the best sweets in a lovely street in Punda.

Just outside Willemstad

When you have crossed the Juliana bridge, you will find quite a few restaurants and cafes that are not to be missed.
For a nice breakfast or lunch or for coffee on the go.

Hofi Cas Cora
Reigerweg Z/N, Landhuis Cas Cora, Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 3 pm
Farm, eatery and market place. Breakfast and lunch with fresh organic ingredients.

Number Ten Curaçao
Santa Rosaweg 10, Monday-Friday 7.30 am – 4 pm
Breakfast and lunch and amazing pastry, inside or in the green garden. Tip: combine this with a visit to Landhuis Bloemhof and the Cathedral of Thorns.

KAFÉ 5999
Kaya Jacob Posner, Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm
Coffee, breakfast and lunch and the best cookies and cakes. Also for on the go.

8020 Shakebar
Nieuwe Caracasbaaiweg 47, Monday-Friday 7 am – 3 pm, Saturday 9 am – 2 pm
Healthy shakes and meals, also for on the go.

Bliss The Berry
Mambo beach boulevard, daily 7.30 am – 4.30 pm
Açaí bowls, smoothies, cakes, sandwiches, waffles, pancakes and great coffees.

2022-04-26T21:00:33-04:00April 26th, 2022|Food&Drinks, Geen onderdeel van een categorie|Comments Off on Eating out

Culture: Landhuis Habaai

A few weeks ago we paid a visit to former plantation house Landhuis Habaai. It was a few years (!) since our last one and although we pass by almost every day it obviously took way too long! Really too bad, because the landhuis is beautiful, cheerful and full of color. And Gallery Alma Blou, which now is located in the landhuis, is inspiring.

First a little history
Landhuis is the Dutch term for plantation house. Most of them were built in the 18th and 19th century and each plantation had a different function. Some grew fruits and vegetables, others produced sugar cane. Salt mining was the most profitable one.
Landhuis Habaai is built in the 18th century and one of the oldest in Curacao. In the beginning it was a plantation, later it served as a country retreat. In the 19th century it became a boarding school and orphanage. The name Habaai comes from a former Jewish resident.

Art and Culture
When you arrive at the landhuis (you can easily park right in front of it, along the street), you already notice there is something artistic going on here.
The landhouse itself, and even the mailbox, is beautifully decorated.
Inside you first enter the gallery, which actually is the oldest and largest gallery on the island. Here you will find local and Caribbean art. From little paintings to large sculptures. But also ceramics and jewelry. All art has a Caribbean character and it is clear that the artists are inspired by the island: the sea, landscape, the people etc. The very kind woman who works here is more than happy to tell you all about the art. We were especially impressed by the work of Iris Pérez-Romero and loved the sculptures of Otmar Jenny.
Walking a bit further you will find yourself at a wonderful bricked up terrace. Here, often cultural events are being organized such as concerts, book presentations and poetry readings. Take a seat, order a refreshing drink and enjoy the special atmosphere! It is a lovely place!


Landhuis Habaai
Frater Radulphusweg 4
Willemstad, Curaçao

Phone: (+5999) 462-8896

Opening Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Monday: Closed

2019-09-09T15:35:04-04:00July 25th, 2019|Culture, Geen onderdeel van een categorie|Comments Off on Culture: Landhuis Habaai

Nature: The oldest tree of the island in Hòfi Pastor

Not far from the Lodges, in approx. 20 minutes, you will be in Barber, a sleeply little town with a beautiful church and a lovely place to enjoy nature: National Park Hòfi Pastor.

Driving from direction Willemstad, Hòfi Pastor is just right after the yellow church. There is a small parking area and when you enter the park you are being greeted by a sweet lady who asks you to pay a small entry fee. She will explain about the two trails you can follow, both approx. 2 km.

So off you go, first you will see the beautiful mango trees and when you walk a little further the oldest tree of Curacao, a giant Kapok tree, for sure will impress you! The Kapok tree was brought to Curacao over 400 years ago, by the first inhabitants of the island, the Caiquetios, a tribe of peaceful Arawak Indians who fled a fiercer tribe in Venezuela. The tree, in these hundreds of years,  now has grown to be a national monument. Some say it has a ‘sensual’ form, although our kids just call it a tree for a little wizard ?, with it’s freeky shapes.

It is so nice to walk in this beautiful park and experience the feeling of being in the woods. It’s shady with many, many small and larger trees (you have to bend over quite some times not to hit the trees) and the smell of nature and green does so good.
There are hawks and a few donkeys, butterflies and iguanas and you will see Kenepas and other tropical fruit trees.

At the end of the trail, which brings you back to the entrance of the park, there are picknick tables and here you can get a cool soda or fruit drink, while you are being chased by the chicken (and the kids play on the swings).

The park is being guarded by Amigu Di Tera, Friends of the Earth of Curacao, and they are working hard to keep it being a protected area where the trees will always bear fruit… so that everyone, especially children, have the opportunity of experiencing the wonders of nature.

When walking made you hungry, make sure to visit the snèk just outside the park, across the street. The lady there will make some good toast!


The park is open each day except on Friday. Opening hours are from 9 AM to 5 PM.
The entrance fee is Nafl. 5 per person.
Make sure to wear good shoes (no flipflops).

2019-09-09T15:48:11-04:00May 29th, 2018|Bezienswaardigheden, Geen onderdeel van een categorie, Nature|Comments Off on Nature: The oldest tree of the island in Hòfi Pastor
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