CURACAO, YOUR NEXT CARIBBEAN WELLNESS DESTINATION - PART 2
In my previous blog post I wrote about the growing wellness developments on the island. Not just the wide variety of treatments, cleanse programs, therapies or mindful movement classes, but also supermarkets, health food stores and even the drug stores offer a growing selection of health focused products. Let’s not forget about the amount of health forward focused foodie spots that have opened up the past few years offering delicious gluten free, plant-based and vegetarian options. Despite the challenges that come with our mostly dry tropical climate local farmers are even offering more and more organic and locally grown produce. I’m here to show you where to find all of the best go to spots. Let’s go.
Food For The Soul
I can honestly say that in the last four years not only lunchrooms and restaurants have healthified their menu with smoothie bowls, juices, raw sweets, sourdough breads and plant powered meals, but they have also started working together with local farmers to offer meals made with the freshest and seasonally grown ingredients. People want different things and are done with all of the junk food options. Whatever you are looking for, our island can oblige. Here I have curated all of my fave foodie spots that can rival with the ones on the mainland and where you can enjoy amazing food and drinks available to enjoy on location or for take-out. Just be sure to reserve your table ahead of time to secure your spot so you don’t miss out.
Nut House Curaçao
Nut House Curaçao offers a wide variety of bulk nuts, seeds, dried fruit, superfood powders and nut butters in zero waste packaging that are also available at the Market Place Curaçao at Hofi Cas Cora, as well as vegan cheeses by Chivasuka (order via message (+5999) 520-7248, ). SBN van Staverenweg 2, Mahaai You can also order online Instagram Facebook
The Sane Sister at Nut House Curaçao
Nut House Curaçao’s “sister” company The Sane Sister serves 100% plant based smoothies, smoothie bowls, freshly made juices, juice shots and bliss balls. There is a small covered seating area outside where you can enjoy your choice of drink, bite or smoothie bowl. SBN Van Staverenweg 2, Mahaai. Ph: (+5999) 521-4008 Instagram Facebook
80/20 Health Shake Bar
80/20 Health Shake Bar serves a variety of protein shakes, elixirs, hemp infused juices and sweet and savory breakfast and lunch options. While it’s mostly focused on take-out they have a small area at their bar where you can enjoy your drink. (+5999) 697-9812. Caracasbaaiweg 49B in the Saliña mall strip, next to “Dushi Loempia” snack. https://8020shakebar.everyorder.io/ Instagram Facebook
Poke Food Station Curaçao
Poke Food Station Curaçao is Curaçao’s first poke food restaurant serving delicious “build your own” poké bowls and sushi burrito’s prepared right in front of you. Just fill out the form when you enter and hand it over at the food station. They have a large air-conditioned seating area inside as well as a smaller seating area outside. Fokkerweg 28EF. (+5999) 461-4441 Instagram Facebook
Kafe5999 serves both comfort and healthy dishes for breakfast and lunch, as well as smoothies, juices, coffees, teas, superfood lattes, home baked sweets and bliss balls. Book your table and check their menu at . Kaya Jacob Posner 7 - Unit 1, Zeelandia. (+5999) 569-5999. Instagram Facebook
Hip and eclectic Number Ten serves generous portions of comfort foods and healthy breakfast and brunch options, superfood lattes and homemade sweets. Ph: (+5999) 522-8069 or visit to book your table. Santa Rosaweg 10, Landhuis Bloemhof. Instagram Facebook
The Market Place Cafe, The Market Place + The Eatery at Hofi Cas Cora
Both farm-to-table restaurants serve vegan and gluten free options, coffees, teas, sweets, superfood lattes and fresh juices. The Market Place Cafe also offers a Wellness Menu which can be tailored to your needs. The Market Place is a zero waste concept farm shop where you can buy farm fresh produce, bulk nuts, seeds, dried fruit, locally made preserves, eco products and much more. Ph: (+5999) 520-0321. Landhuis Cas Cora, Reigerweg Z/N. Instagram
Bonchi Coffee House
Urban and homey Bonchi Coffee House serves healthy breakfast and lunch options and sweets by patisserie La Vie En Rose Curacao. (+5999) 675-3330. Hanchi Snoa 14, across from the synagogue. Instagram Facebook
De Dames serves comfort and healthy foods for breakfast and lunch. Their juice bar makes daily fresh juices and smoothies. Promenade Shopping Mall. Book your table (+5999) 736-8244 or Instagram Facebook
Bliss the Berry - Opening Soon!
At the all day and mostly plant based Bohemian inspired breakfast and lunch spot Bliss the Berry you can enjoy freshly roasted specialty coffees with delicious cakes, specialty fit smoothies and açaí bowls. Additionally, they also offer other sweet & savory dishes like pancakes, waffles, croissants, sandwiches and more. Enjoy your choice of food and/or drink on their stunning wooden ocean front covered terrace. They are located at Mambo Beach Boulevard (upper level, across from Blue Max gym).
La Terrazza Zuikertuin
La Terraza serves homemade Mediterranean and Italian cuisine as well as popular Creole dishes for breakfast and lunch using fresh ingredients and spices. Zuikertuin, across from the mall, first level. (+5999) 737-1251 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/terrazzazuikertuin
Munchies serves exotic meat and plant based savory pies, sweets, superfood lattes, juices, smoothies + smoothie bowls for breakfast. They may be small, but they are mighty in what they offer. Located at the Santa Rosaweg 86, on the parallel road where the road forks and across from Alankar Clothing Store. Instagram
Sweet And Blue Curaçao
Sweet and Blue Curacao serves healthy breakfast and lunches with protein add-on options, and vegan + gluten free cakes. (+5999) 968-5550. Schottegatweg Oost 177 Unit A, Cameleon Shopping Center Instagram Facebook
Located in the heart of Pietermaai, the cute and tiny aqua colored Swae.Juicebar serves delicious slow pressed juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, sandwiches, grilled cheese, yogurt fruit cups, coffee, and tea. Currently, cash only. Ph: (+5999) 667-2394 Nieuwestraat 3-Unit 49, Pietermaai. Instagram Facebook
These are the places to get the best locally crafted and herbal self-care products, fresh produce, eco and zero waste products as well as the best health food stores and supermarkets carrying the widest selection of organic, plant based, vegetarian and gluten free products.
Heart Shaped Organics
Heart Shaped Organics offers highly mineral rich Premium Quality Sea Moss and a wide variety of organic Herbal Teas which are available at (Facebook) and (Instagram).
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Herbology Lifestyle - Plant Powered Products
Located at the Sambil Shopping Mall Integra Natural offers organic, zero waste and all natural products made locally. They have a small shop at the airport for your last minute gifts and also ships internationally. (+5999) 527-5514. Veeris 27. Instagram Facebook
Community Events (Cash Only), Health Food Stores + Supermarkets
Open air market (Instagram) / (Facebook) sells organic, locally grown, artisanal, and home made products every last Saturday of the Month. (Instagram) / (Facebook) hosts pop-up events that will surprise and delight any meat eater as well as mindfulness events. Stay up to date via their social media accounts.
Below mentioned stores carry a wide selection of organic, gluten free, sugar free, vegan and vegetarian products as well as health and self-care products
Health food store Nature’s Discount www.natures-discount.com - Caracasbaaiweg 197-D (in front of Luna Park Market)
I hope you enjoyed reading my post. Gathering information about all of the to do’s and sees when planning your trip takes a lot of time. That’s why I - as a local and with inside information - have gathered the true gems. May this wellness post inspire you to visit our Dushi Kòrsou and may my non-mainstream recommendations add that extra something to your stay. For more inside information, as things keep on growing and developing, you can follow me on Instagram
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xoxo Melanie Muskus