Late-Night Eats on Aruba’s Hottest Corners and Streets



It may not come as a surprise that people in Aruba love to eat, and preferably hot (not necessarily healthy) meals like deep fried pastechi or empana in the morning. For lunch anything from rich bowls of stews to fried fish platters will do, as long as they’re accompanied by glistening rice, homecut fries, corn cakes, fried plantain and hot papaya sauce. 

 

A sandwich or snack in the evening is enough to keep the locals going, but when the clock strikes ten (eleven, twelve, one…) the munchies start to kick in.   

       

Of course, there is no food like homemade food. Actually, there might be. Popular hangouts like El Mexicano and Aruba Riba Snack Truck offer deliciously prepared family recipes to comfort those grumbling tummies.

        

Excellent Italian street food is also available from eight till late at Eataly Aruba, next to Eagle Bowling Palace. And night owls looking for impossibly late bites are in luck at Marriott’s 24-Hours Cafe located in the lobby.          

 

A hefty platter at Paradera’s Aruba Riba Snack Truck is perfect for prepping the bodies for a night of bar hopping. Same goes for another nighttime favorite located in the Tanki Leendert district: Truck Di Ruiz. Their feisty cup of local Oyster soup will eliminate hangovers even before the first drop of alcohol has been consumed.  

 

When restaurant’s kitchen doors close, the bright neon lights of food trucks and snack bars brighten the streets and quiet corners of Aruba. Let 10Best and their local experts be your guide while exploring the safest, most worthwhile places to grab that last bite before sunrise. 

 



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Ruiz Take Away
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Meet Liliana Erasmus

Born and raised in Aruba, Liliana moved to the Netherlands to continue her college education in Marketing. Since 1998 she’s been back on her beloved island, where she is working as a...  More About Liliana

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