While exploring Punda, don't miss the Floating Market. All along the Sha. Caprileskade, just around the corner from the Handelskade, you will find one of Curaçao's most famous and picturesque sights. Venezuelan merchants selling their fresh produce from small fishing boats. During the days they spend on our island between their trips to and from Venezuela, their authentic fishing boats double as living quarters. Nearby on the plaza Jo Jo Correa there is often a small artisans' market featuring local crafts.
The new market is housed in a distinctive round building beyond the Queen Wilhelmina footbridge, just down the street from the floating market. Locally grown fruits, vegetables, and some imported produce are sold from bustling stalls in Punda's covered round central market. On weekday mornings, city office workers stop at the stands to grab sandwiches made of freshly baked rolls. Several stalls also sell handicrafts from islands around the Caribbean.
MarsheBieuw (the Old Market)
Do as the Curaçao people do for lunch, and sample authentic local food at Curaçao's famous Old Market. You will find it when you pass the new market and take a right a the post office. Hygiene and food quality are excellent, portions are generous, and prices can't be beat. Seating is strictly first come, first served, at a few small tables or long counters. Each stand is independently operated. Notice the small paintings depicting rural life of old that adorn the vents above the cooking areas.