Delicious, inspired, unique.
A mix of over 50 cultures, Curaçao's food is as varied as its residents.
Because much of Curaçao's food is imported, island visitors enjoy access to international cuisine with a local flavor. Taste the variety of Dutch, Spanish, Creole, Indonesian, and many, many more flavors in our culinary delights.
You can sample authentic local food at Curaçao's famous old market, Marsche Bieuw in downtown Willemstad. 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 at long counters. Each stand is independently operated. Be sure to see the small paintings depicting rural life of old times that adorn the vents above the cooking areas.
- Thick pea soup with pork, ham, and sausage
Nasigoreng - Bean sprouts sautéed with chunks of meat and chicken
Bami - Long noodles with vegetables and meat
Saté - Skewered meat with peanut sauce (see recipe)
Rijsttafel - Table serving rice with up to 20 accompanying dishes
Stewed iguana, which tastes remarkably like chicken; also iguana soup (Sopi Yuana)
Kabritu - Stewed goat. (see our recipe page)
Sample these dishes at the Old Market (Marshe) in Punda or at other restaurants serving local dishes.
For the Vegetable Lover:
- Cucumbers, often combined with green papaya or cabbage, stewed with corned beef (see our recipe page)
Fried plantains - Try tasty fried plantains, or a sweet soup made from plantains and vegetables, seasoned with peppers and cinnamon (see our recipe page)
Promèntè - Small, colorful hot peppers and pickled onions
Savoury meat tamales wrapped in banana leaves. This dish is served especially at Christmas time.
KeshiYená - Stuffed cheese (see our recipe page). Possibly Curaçao's most famous dish.
Bolo pretu - Black fruit cake (see our recipe page).
Meringue "kisses," made of sugar, egg whites, and food coloring (see our recipe page)
Panseiku - A kind of praline: toasted peanuts and almond essence, cooked in a brittle glaze of dark brown sugar.
Kokada - Freshly grated coconut patties, held together in a sugar syrup, tinted with food coloring for a festive look.
These sweets can be purchased at the New Market in Punda.
Want to try some of these dishes at home, see our recipe page.