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    First time in Aruba.. What are the musts??

    Hello All,

    I was told in a previous thread in the hotels section, that this is the best place to ask for food advice.

    My question is pretty straight forward. What are the best places to try your first time in Aruba? I already have reservations for elements as I am most likely staying in the low rise section. We are late 20's in age if that makes a difference lol.

    We are not huge fans of communal seatings, so places like the beloved two bulls and a fool might be out lol. Just want to get some reservations in early.

    All food types are welcome.

    Thank you very much. We would also like to go to the high rise area at least two to three times. We will be there for a week

    PS: I love this board. Helps so much

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    In the high rise area, checkout Arawak Gardens where there are a bunch of restaurants. We're not much of ones for reservations but we also like to dine out early so it's never an issue. Try one of these spots then head over to one of the casinos at the Hyatt or Hilton:
    Salt and Pepper for tapas and small plates, sit outside and watch the goings or hang out at the small bar inside
    Casa Tua for pizza and pasta, friendly and relaxed, good lasagna
    Daniel's Chophouse for delicious steaks
    there are other restaurants nearby but these are the few we always go back to.

    On the beach near the Hilton is Bugaloe, a popular restaurant/bar on the pier' relaxed with entertainment in the evening

    Walking distance from the Bucuti (Elements and Sand Bar on property)
    Matthews has a lively bar and happy hour.
    Chophouse or Ike's Bistro at Manchebo
    Pizza Bob's, often a first stop for those checking into Manchebo or Bucuti

    Downtown, Renaissance Marketplace has a bunch of nice little spots;
    Cafe the Plaza, small Dutch Bar with great chicken shoarma
    Dutch Pancake House; love this spot for apple and bacon pancake
    Hung Paradise where the giant egg roll is often recommended
    Short walk from Renaissance is the West Deck. Great spot for drinks and conch fritters etc. Enjoy watching the pelicans!

    Short taxi ride
    special occasion, fabulous food Madame Janette
    Casual bar with great burgers, ribs Barneys

    hope this list gets you off to a good start. There are still so many fabulous spots to explore.

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    All of Peg's answers are spot on!

    you will have a ball and you will not go hungry.

    i also recommend "the local store" and "cafe 080" for some great local and inexpensive food.

    more walking distance....terazza italiana @ paradise beach villas AND tulip @ mvc eagle beach

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba1st View Post
    Hello All,

    I was told in a previous thread in the hotels section, that this is the best place to ask for food advice.

    My question is pretty straight forward. What are the best places to try your first time in Aruba? I already have reservations for elements as I am most likely staying in the low rise section. We are late 20's in age if that makes a difference lol.

    We are not huge fans of communal seatings, so places like the beloved two bulls and a fool might be out lol. Just want to get some reservations in early.

    All food types are welcome.

    Thank you very much. We would also like to go to the high rise area at least two to three times. We will be there for a week

    PS: I love this board. Helps so much
    Awesome! Thanks!

    What place is like the " happening bar/resturant " that stays open late with entertainment/music and good crowds?

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    Bugaloe Beach bar (on the beach at the Hilton)

    Moomba Beach Bar (on Palm Beach just beynd the Holiday Inn)

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    Soprano's in the high rise is popular for drinks and music. Hopefully, Tracey will post with some good suggestions

    Cafe 080 is a great local Dutch bar. They have the friendliest staff I ever met. Locals hanging out after work and mingling with tourists. Fun spot!

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    For an easy, nearby dinner that will taste good you can walk over to Twist of Flavors in the Alhambra Mall.

    You may also want to check out Fusion bar. We didn't ever make it out later enough to really get feel for it, but it looked like a great place for a drink.

    If you want a night to do the typical bar line dances, think Cha cha slide type stuff, you could go to Ricardo's at Aruba Beach Club on Thursday night at 9. Keep in mind there will be all ages here (kids to grandparents) but if you like a Dj mixed in with karaoke, you can have fun as a couple too. We stayed back and just watched, but had lots of laughs. It's walking distance so you could pop in and out easily.

    Bugaloe on Tuesdays and Fridays will usually have good bands., think wedding reception bands, mix of songs that most people recognize. Moomba on Sunday nights is a good mix of locals and tourists.

    If you find a restaurant you want to try in the high rise area, my suggestion would be go to Pelican Pier for their happy hour and catch the sunset, walk to dinner, then follow up at either Bugaloe or Sopranos. If casinos are your thing, stop by the Hyatt casino while you are in the area.
    Last edited by Traceyd14; 01-15-2017 at 05:52 PM.

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    If you are looking for a club type vibe in Palm Beach, there is a place called the Sand Bar that reminds me of an outdoor bar with lounge seating too. It's near Sopranos. There is another place called South Beach that is right next to Hard Rock Cafe, all on Palm.Beach. These are places that get going later at night. I would recommend following their Facebook pages to get a feel for what is happening

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    Thanks a lot. This is going to help us out so much.

    Do most of these places need reservations in June?

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    Be prepare to sit in the "waiting room" wondering "why" do I have to leave now.

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