Restaurants in Curacao

On Curaçao, relaxed island cuisine blends with European decadence. Restaurants in Curaçao reflect a mix of Dutch, Creole, Indonesian and Spanish influences: Classic local dishes include keshi yena (a baked dish of chicken, dates, olives, spices and rich Gouda cheese), erwten soup (a thick pea soup full of pork) and sopi yuana, or iguana soup. Bistro le Clochard in an upscale Curaçao restaurant is known for its Dutch and Swiss cuisine, such as fondue and a Toblerone-infused chocolate mousse. It is also famous (or infamous) for La Potence—a spiky, weapon-like metal ball adorned with tenderloin that’s been cooked in cognac.

Plein Café is a Curaçao restaurant next to Wilhemina Park. It serves classic Dutch-meets-island cuisine such as burgers, chicken satay, and indulgent dishes such as bitterballen (deep-fried meatballs) and frikandel (fried sausages). Jaanchie’s is a scenic spot in Westpunt area is known for its island dishes including okra soup, goat stew and iguana soup. Gouverneur de Rouville is another Curaçao restaurant to try out. It is located in a three-story Dutch Colonial building that was once the home of the first governor of Willemstad, and it's a great place to sample the cheesey keshi yena. Whatever your choice, you’re bound to enjoy exploring some of the best restaurants in Curaçao.

Order stewed goat or fresh fish at this rustic food court, a favorite with locals.

A waterside beach bar where attractive Dutch locals gather for light lunches of gazpacho or open-face ham sandwiches.