When we travel to the Caribbean we like to eat where the locals go.
We look for recommendations from people that we meet for good homemade food on the island. Curacao did not disappoint as we had some of the tastiest fresh fish on this trip.
Eating in Curacao
Have you tried a Batidos? It is what we call a smoothie. One of the best smoothies we had was at a food truck in Punda. You can find these stands all over the island.
It was a very hot day and we kept seeing people walking around with these drinks. It looked so refreshing. I told J we needed to find out where they bought them. I stopped the next person I saw carrying the drink and they told us how to find the truck. There were a lot of people in line waiting for a smoothie, which was a good sign. I ordered a mango and J got a strawberry and they did not disappoint. For $3 a piece we had refreshing drinks and they even gave us the extra in the blender to pour in our cup instead of throwing it out. We enjoyed it so much we stopped back several times when we were in the area.
We tried other stands, but no one could compete with those smoothies. No other place gave us the left over in the blender to drink. You can find smoothie stands all throughout the island. Stop off and try a Batidos, you will be hooked like we were.
Right down the street from the Batidos stand in Punda is the Plasa Bieu, you can not miss it.
This is a long warehouse like building with kitchen stalls and picnic tables. Don’t let the outside fool you, as the inside is full of locals and some tourists enjoying tasty home cooking. Try to set near an entrance as it gets very hot inside.
After walking by the different stands, we ordered the red snapper $11 from stand number 2. The food was fresh and delicious and the portions were generous. I really enjoyed our lunch, after I got over the eyeball staring at me.
When we were visiting the area of Jan Theil we stopped off at a tourist information booth and ask how to get to Pops Place which was near by. After getting directions we were on our way. The restaurant is on the end of the road right on the water. Nothing much around, except for a beach where a few locals were enjoying the water.
Our table overlooked the beautiful blue water while we waited for our home cooked food. This place was busy with locals enjoying lunch. We were probably the only tourist there that day. The service was friendly and the server recommended the red snapper, which I had and J had ribs. After J tasted my fish, he wished he would have ordered it. My red snapper ended up being the best meal I had on the trip.
Jaanchies is located in Westpunt. The restaurant has been there since 1939. The owner is the walking menu as he comes up to the table and sets down and explained what was available that day. He spoke several languages and was constantly going around to the tables making sure everything was ok. There was a live band roaming from each table playing music while we ate. The owner is in the white shirt below taking the food order.
We both ordered different fish, and it was delicious. After our meal they served rum raisin ice cream which hit the spot.
Our meal costs $40. You don’t get a bill, instead you walk up to the cash register and tell them what you had. The owner was at the counter and gave me a change purse that says Jaanchies on it. It was a nice gift that whenever I use it, I will remember our times in Curacao. If you are on that side of the island give them a try. It was a very enjoyable meal and worth the ride to get there.
Pirate Bay Beach Bar
Pirate Bay Beach Bar is right down the street from the Marriott Curacao. We went for happy hour and ended up eating dinner. Happy hour is only for an hour on the island. At Pirate Bay it was from 5-6. We did not get there until 5:45. It’s hard to leave the beach.
We did not have a reservation, but it was not a problem. We had a front row seat on the beach for the spectacular sunset.
After the sun went down, they came around and put a lantern on the table. The no see ums came out in force and I was glad we had sprayed before going to dinner, but we still got bites around our ankles.
For dinner we both choose a different fish and ordered fries. They only gave us one bowl of fries to share.
We listened to the band for awhile, but we left due to the no see ums. There was a beautiful full moon that night making this a memorable evening.
The Scuba Lodge was not really the best place for lunch, but after looking at different menus, in the area, that is where we ended up. On the positive side, we sat right on the water edge, so we had a great view while eating.
I had a hamburger and J had the red snapper. This red snapper ended up being the least favorite meal during our week in Curacao.
Ginger-Carib Asian Cuisine
We saw this place when we were walking around looking for a lunch spot and decided to come back and have dinner. What a great find. Very relaxed setting with pillows on the benches out in an open courtyard underneath a canopy.
We went around 6:30 and we were the only ones in the place. People eat very late in Curacao, so don’t let it fool you if no on is at the restaurant. While we were looking at the menu, the servers brought out naan bread with cheese which was delicious. The service was attentive and the food was wonderful.