Satisfy Any Cravings With These Delightful Downtown Eateries

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.  

This Gelateria is actually a cafe that offers hot grilled Italian sandwiches (panini), delicious lunch specialties, a tasty soup of the day with home-made crostinis and even local snacks. For coffee people, there's no better way to start or...  Read More

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This casual spot in the outskirts of Downtown Oranjestad serves elegant Chinese cuisine at affordable prices. The two red and black decorated dining rooms feature lacquered woods and lamps with paper shades. The chef is skilled at most Chinese...  Read More


Sushi-Ya's wide selection of sushi, from the traditional California roll to the most exotic creations like the Caribbean and the Zulia Roll, is prepared with the freshest ingredients. Sushi-Ya has two locations, one at the Renaissance...  Read More

Cuba's Cookin'
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This casual Cuban eatery is a favorite among island visitors and locals. Munch on fried plantain chips and salsa as you peruse the menu. The Confusion de Empanadas is a treat � a sampler platter of meat pies are filled with seasoned beef,...  Read More

A visit to downtown Oranjestad just isn't complete without a rendezvous with The Old Fisherman, which focuses on local seafood and Aruban dishes, but also includes international options like US Black Angus Tenderloin and Seafood Linguini with...  Read More

This little Dutch bar & bistro has a great view and a hip European waitstaff. Stop for a cup of coffee as you watch the boats in the harbor or savor an imported beer at the bar. Frozen cocktails are as good as they can get, and so are the...  Read More

This lovely, authentic Aruban house is indeed The Sugar Garden (De Suikertuin) of downtown Oranjestad. Wherever you choose to take a seat, - inside, in the cozy, air-conditioned home-style cafe or outside, under a tropical tree or in the shady...  Read More


Downtown shoppers flock to the well-hidden 7 West restaurant to cozy up on the terrace overlooking the liveliest street of Oranjestad or to cool off inside the handsome and spacious dining room, where plates of Tuna Tataki, generous Grouper...  Read More


Since 1986 Driftwood is a reliable seafood-driven restaurant, hidden behind the main street of downtown Oranjestad. Traditionally prepared, super-fresh seafood is the draw here - the owners catch their own every day. Broiled Caribbean lobster is...  Read More

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While watching the sun set, a sailboat silhouette slides silently along the horizon, a couple of children play on the beach with no care in the world and a Barefoot Delight is the perfect cocktail to toast to an amazing evening (you immediately...  Read More


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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