We love getting away from the main tourist area downtown (been there, done that) and walk inland for local shops and cafes. Our favorite for lunch or breakfast is De Suikertuin (also great for a good cup of coffee or glass of wine in the afternoon.) Also like La Fama (local bakery but they also serve pastechi and sandwiches for lunch - very casual place.) At night, in addition to the usuals for dinner (West Deck, Yemanja, Que Pasa), we love going to Cafe Chaos on their acoustic night for good music. We still miss Garufa - they always had great music.
We've ridden the trolley a couple of times. Fun, but once the novelty wore off, we found it was quicker to walk. LOL!
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Thanks for sharing
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It has been quite a while since I checked in here. But I digress.
I have always enjoyed downtown Oranjestad. My very, very favourite thing is sitting in my reserved spot, mid-morning. (It's not really reserved. But I have come to think of it as my own, so to speak.). My spot is the stone bench outside Little Switzerland, facing L.G. Smith Blvd,opposite the Swatch kiosk. I sit there while Donna buzzes around the stores. It's the best spot for people-watching on a warm Aruba morning . This coming October, during the week, you'll know where to find me.
We also enjoy looking and shopping in the stores behind the Renaissance Hotel, in the square and along Main Street.
Yes, the Dutch Pancake House is a favourite of ours and now that Cuba's Cooking has moved from Wilheminastraat to the Renaissance Marketplace, we probably have a lunch there.
Anything I miss from days gone by downtown? Yes, the old disco Scaramouche. Anyone remember the large lipstick mouth logo? It was a notorious place, but that was another time; almost 35 years ago. And Bali, the old Indonesian restaurant in the harbour. But again, that belongs to another time.
Take care everyone.
After reading all the post of the downtown I wish I am sitting there instead of here with a cup of coffee, listening to the locals and music.
The breeze and the smell of the mariner.... brings back so many happy memories..
Just found out from by searching work computer I have 350 non pay time off for personal leave... so tempting.. so tempting.