Otrobanda (meaning ‘the other side’) is on the opposite side of St. Anna Bay. This district was developed in the 18th century. The main shopping street in Otrobanda is the Breedestraat. You can find this street between Kura Hulanda and the Riffort. Kura Hulanda is one of the best restorations of Otrobanda. An entire section of Otrobanda’s dilapidated slum was transformed into a magnificently renovated historical district, the best example of Dutch colonial architecture in the Caribbean. The Riffort on the other side was built in 1828 to protect the city. Its restored ramparts now shelter Riffort Village, a shopping and entertainment center that offers panoramic views of Punda and the sea. The Brionplein (Brion Plaza) is the centerpiece of Otrobanda’s waterfront.
You can sit on a café terrace and have a picturesque view of the gabled houses of Punda opposite. When cruise ships are docked in the harbor, merchants set up stalls along the waterfront. Willemstad Otrobanda is improving on its image, and a renovation of the waterfront is almost finished.
The shops are normally open from Monday to Saturday, and the regular opening hours are 8:00am - 12:00pm, and from 2:00pm – 6:00pm.