How to Have the Best Culinary Holiday on Curaçao

Category: | Published on: November 28, 2019 | By Omaily Lucas

When you think about a Caribbean island vacation, you’re probably thinking about beach shacks with French fries and freezer hamburgers. Mainstream juice-based cocktails with little umbrellas in sling glasses. Think again! Curaçao can offer you the cocktails and the hamburger but on a much higher gastronomic level. Let us guide you on how to have the best culinary holiday on Curaçao.

Much like you would expect in a city, Curaçao has a great variety of cuisine. What makes it even better is the modern Caribbean twist to classic dishes or just the modern twist to Caribbean dishes. You won’t know what hits your taste buds. In order to have a great culinary holiday in Curaçao, you must know where to go, what to eat, and what foodie activities to do. Let’s first start by upping your knowledge of Caribbean cuisine.


Caribbean Cooking Class

Cooking with locally grown produce has become all the rage and for good reason. Not only is it good for the environment and local farmers, but the taste fresh local produce will make all the difference in your dish. During a cooking class by chef Helmi Smeulders you’ll be able to learn all about what our soil produces and how you can make amazing dishes with it. Helmi is known for her creative modern twist to local dishes. During the cooking class, you’ll be able to get hands-on and cook your own dish that you get to enjoy after the workshop, family-style, with the other student.

Helmi’s cooking class is a great way to kickstart your cooking holiday on Curaçao. She even organizes complete multiple-days cooking holidays that are a complete experience on itself.


Don’t Forget to Make Pit-Stops

We dedicated a whole article on food trucks on Curaçao, because they are such a big part of the culture. Even the food trucks, shakes stand, and fish trucks that are opened during the day are worth visiting. Don’t be put off by the fact that they are not an actual restaurant. Their hygiene and the quality of their food is just as exceptional as a restaurant. So, while you’re driving around exploring the island, just make a stop and grab a bite or a refreshing drink.


The Trendy Restaurants

Curaçao is a perfect, Caribbean, culinary destination. You get the beach, the laid-back vibe, the warmth, and food that will elate your soul. Scattered around the island you can find the best restaurants that will offer you culinary creations that combine all the aspects of the local culture in one bite.

At Pietermaai, the foodie-Walhalla of Curaçao, you’ll get to experience the gastronomical side of Curaçao at its best. Kome restaurant in Pietermaai will introduce you to local ingredients at each course in very creative ways. Mosa, in Pietermaai as well, creates flavor combinations that you never even though possible. Then you have the 020 restaurant, by chef Richard van Oostenbrugge and Thomas Groot, that has a semi no-table-seating concept, where the focus is on the interaction between the guests and the chefs. The restaurant is in a way a tropical extension of the renowned Dutch restaurant 212 in Amsterdam by the same chefs. You get the same excellency in food, service, and experience.


Don’t Forget the Cocktails

Craft cocktails are becoming more and more popular on the island. How can it not, when we make our own liqueur and gin on the island, as well, have a selection of the freshest tropical fruits. You can visit The Blue Experience to taste the genuine Curaçao liqueur in cocktails shaken by the producers themselves or visit the Henry’s Ultimate Gin Bar to do the same with our local gin. At Caña, in Pietermaai, you’ll combine the exquisite bites of the Mosa restaurant with craft cocktails by experienced mixologists. You can also combine your meal at restaurants like Kome and 020 with one of their delightful cocktails.

In the end, as a true foodie, you’ll have nothing to fear, you will experience the best culinary holiday on Curaçao. There’s much to do, eat, and experience on just this tiny island.


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