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7 Best Eats in Curaçao

Deanne Revel, Travel Channel


Curacao doesn’t fit in with the rest of the Caribbean. And that’s what makes it worth visiting. South of the more popular island clusters in the Caribbean and just 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela, the island blends Dutch, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Jewish and Caribbean culture, most evident in the food. Order a meal here and you’ll see. 

I was recently invited to visit and see the many views of Curacao (including many Instagrammable plates) by the Curacao Tourist Board and I got a chance to taste the many flavors of the island, from cool sips to full course meals. Plan your own culinary tour with these must-stops and foods you shouldn't miss.

This delicious icy drink is a Spanish milkshake smoothie hybrid made with frozen fruit, milk and sugar. You’ll see stands for batidos everywhere, especially at the beach. After a swim in the hot sun, there is nothing more refreshing. It’s lighter than a milkshake but sweeter than a smoothie. Think of an Icee blended with cream. You can’t go wrong with tropical flavors like papaya, pineapple or, my favorite, mango.

Market Meal
A local and tourist favorite, Plasa Bieu, in the capital city of Willemstad, offers several traditional eats. Start with a lemonade. Trust me. It’s made with brown sugar. Next, order some stoba, a stew with beef or goat. And try the guiambo, an okra soup. There’s also plenty of fresh fish (still on the bone) and fried plantains. For dessert, save room for the pumpkin pancakes. I’m still dreaming of those.

Hole in the Wall
Seaside Terrace serves up fresh catches from snapper to conch. Sometimes you’ll find the invasive species Lionfish on the menu. While the fish are venomous, if the spines are correctly removed, the buttery meat is fine to eat. Round off your lunch plate with a basket of fries. If you ask, they’ll whip up a popular Dutch peanut dipping sauce. And wash it all down with a glass of tamarind nectar.

Read the rest of the tips on the Travel Channel website.