Where to have the most important meal of the day in Aruba

Although most of the resorts in Aruba offer an excellent daily breakfast and some even an over-the-top Sunday brunch, there are many overlooked options around the island. That’s why the Local Experts at 10Best want to share an overview of Aruba’s best places to have breakfast (or brunch), a perfect cup of coffee or maybe even dinner and champagne, early in the morning. It’s all possible, if you know where to look. And yes, Aruba has Dunkin’ Donuts, Mc Donald’s, Cinnabon, Starbucks and other fast food chains. But why stick to the usual? Try a healthy panini and fall in love with one of the best smoothies on the island at Garden Fresh Cafe. Go for a Dutch treat at Diana’s Pancake Place and find out what kind of pancake-person you are - the sweet, the hearty, the fruity kind. Maybe you’re more of a sandwich type. Not a breakfast fan at all? Have a regular or a gourmet coffee with a newspaper, or tea served in an adorable tea pot with toast, butter and jelly at the sweetest place in downtown Oranjestad, De Suikertuin. From homey to haute and for the healthy, the hasty or the very hungry ones, Aruba is where to go for ‘delightments’ - as soon as the sun peaks above the horizon.



The huge menu, open terrace and low prices make the experience better than ordinary. Fill up on favorites like the authentic New York style Bagels, freshly baked and boiled daily, or a complete breakfast with pancakes, omelets, pastries and...  Read More



For some, this little Dutch cafe tucked into the storefront of Superfood Plaza, has become a daily coffee stop, a regular meeting point or a favorite lunch break spot. The bright orange design chairs, clean background and sleek decor are not the...  Read More



Aruba's only Belgian eatery fills a niche and does it well, especially when it comes to its seemingly endless list of Belgian brews, stylish European interior, extensive menu and live entertainment. From the Dejeuners or Ontbijtjes (Breakfast),...  Read More



CILO is the abbreviation for City Lounge, but this is much more than just a great place to sip cocktails and have a delicious meal. Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of Aruba's downtown life, while enjoying the harbor views and...  Read More



Each beachside restaurant has its own personality, ambience and cuisine, but they all have one thing in common - an air of casual-fun-in-the-sun festivity, where you can experience the Aruba lifestyle all year long. Matthew's exceeds all...  Read More



For quality organic products, fresh and healthy meals, snacks and drinks, Garden Fresh Cafe is the smartest stop on your way. Whatever the morning or midday mix, match or munchie, it'll be infused with all the natural flavors and nutrients...  Read More

Diana's Pancakes Place
Photo courtesy of Diana's Pancakes House


What could be more Dutch than an authentic windmill from Holland? The answer: a Dutch pancake house right next to it, owned by a lovely Dutch lady called Diana. Her pancakes are the real deal; thinner than American pancakes, a little thicker...  Read More



This picturesque restaurant was built in 1914 as the home for the California Lighthouse-keeper and apart from the panoramic views of the island, La Trattoria El Faro Blanco's menu features many Italian favorites with a special emphasis on...  Read More



For the bigger appetites looking for friendly and flavorful portions, Aruba has many mealtime alternatives. The Latin American cuisine offers a broad variety of dishes, from Peruvian specialties to Brazilian grills. Don Jacinto Restaurante &...  Read More



This lovely, authentic old 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...  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