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    Aruba Treats

    Just wanted to ask about the coffee shops in Aruba for when
    you want to have a relaxing drink.
    Are there plenty of cafe's and coffee shops around? I heard
    on one of my other posts there is a Starbucks which I don't
    really like.

    Are there any other main coffee franchises in Aruba or are they
    like most cities with a large number of smaller cafe's style coffee
    shops?

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    Senior Member EHampite's Avatar
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    Smit & Dorlas - Ahhhhh. Our favorite coffee on the island. Always stock up at Lings before coming home so we have it to enjoy until our next trip! See link to their coffee house.

    http://smitdorlas.arubahost.com/index.php3?h=601

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    Sorry ... should mention that you would need a car to get to S&D. It's not on the hotel strip.

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    S&D + Dunkin Donuta are the only other franchises. There is a coffee place at the Marriott which is pretty good and one at the Passeo. There are
    a few more but haven't had time to check them out yet.

    The Starbucks is mobbed all the time with the locals. $5 for a medium latte!
    But they are thriving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzardo View Post
    The Starbucks is mobbed all the time with the locals. $5 for a medium latte!
    But they are thriving.
    I find it interesting.

    Tourists complain that Aruba has become too Americanized, but as an Aruban pointed out to me a number of years ago, go into any of these U.S. establishments and they are being patronized by Arubans.

    I will not criticize Arubans for wanting the same that we have here in the states.

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