Arubans love to eat. They like to try new flavors and experience different culinary traditions, but they remain loyal to their local dishes and specialties. That’s why Oranjestad provides a perfect playground for all taste buds. No matter where diners come from, no matter what time of day, there is always something special, new or interesting to savor here, in Aruba’s capital city.
Starting with breakfast and lunch, there are a couple of gems right across the street from the cruise terminal. Lecca Lecca offers great Italian coffees, hot grilled panini and the best gelato in town. For more than 65 different kinds of pancakes, cruisers can take a short stroll to the Renaissance Marketplace to get to The Dutch Pancakehouse, or to Cuba’s Cookin’ for a lunch of fried calamari, Cuban sandwiches and a couple of premium mojitos.
A walk to the end of Wilhelminastraat, will bring visitors to De Suikertuin (The Sugar Garden). This typical, old Aruban villa is one of the island’s favorite breakfast, lunch and high tea spots. Fine dining is also available at Yemanja Woodfired Grill, located at the beginning of this street. Que Pasa Restaurant & Art Gallery is another dining option, situated right in the middle, offering international dishes with European flair.
For the best local cuisine and ambiance, Driftwood Restaurant in the Klipstraat (side street of Main street) is serving its customers the freshest catches of the day, including all those Aruban flavors, since 1986. But there is more. Check out this 10Best list and find out where to grab (or catch) a meal downtown.