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Local Aruban Cuisine

Discover how the melting pot of cultures contributes to a menu influenced by Holland, South America and the Caribbean.

Fascinating flavour fusions result from a combination of various types of cuisines as award-winning chefs from all over the world spin their magic, adding new dimensions to Aruba’s culinary melting pot.

Aruban home cooking has been influenced by Amerindians, merchants, pirates, Dutch and Spanish colonial powers, African slaves and Oriental and Asian settlers.

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Local Aruban Cuisine

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Aruban Restaurants

From traditional Dutch to Asian, African and Spanish, the dining options are as diverse and welcoming as our people.

Caribbean Cuisine

Aruba is a food-lover’s paradise and home to more than 90 nationalities, which can be detected in our diverse cuisine.

European and Dutch Cuisine

Savour authentic European flavours brought to Aruba over several centuries.

Italian Cuisine in Aruba

Relish traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine presented in elegant haute cuisine and family-style restaurants.

Asian, Indian and Thai Cuisine

Satisfy your cravings for sushi, Chinese or Indian cuisine while visiting Aruba – a foodie paradise!

Seafood Restaurants in Aruba

Dine on fresh seafood to your heart's content – it's one of the cornerstones of our local culinary scene.

Steakhouses in Aruba

Dine at one of Aruba's many styles of steakhouses – from Argentinian and Brazilian to American and Japanese.

Steakhouses in Aruba

Dine at one of Aruba's many styles of steakhouses – from Argentinian and Brazilian to American and Japanese.

Central/South American Cuisine

Explore the colourful cuisine of South and Central America while holidaying with us.

European and Dutch Cuisine

Savour authentic European flavours brought to Aruba over several centuries.

Aruban Restaurants

From traditional Dutch to Asian, African and Spanish, the dining options are as diverse and welcoming as our people.

Asian, Indian and Thai Cuisine

Satisfy your cravings for sushi, Chinese or Indian cuisine while visiting Aruba – a foodie paradise!

Italian Cuisine in Aruba

Relish traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine presented in elegant haute cuisine and family-style restaurants.

North American Cuisine

Dine just like at home with our numerous restaurants featuring traditional and contemporary European and American cuisine.

Seafood Restaurants in Aruba

Dine on fresh seafood to your heart's content – it's one of the cornerstones of our local culinary scene.

Caribbean Cuisine

Aruba is a food-lover’s paradise and home to more than 90 nationalities, which can be detected in our diverse cuisine.

International

Enjoy international cuisine in Aruba.


Aruban home cooking has been influenced by Amerindians, merchants, pirates, Dutch and Spanish colonial powers, African slaves and Oriental and Asian settlers.

Experience a touch of Aruban flavour by visiting local restaurants. The local culinary scene offers Asian-influenced dishes such as bami and nasi goreng rice, or satay with peanut sauce. Dutch traditional dishes include pea soup and thin pancakes served with a variety of sweet and savoury toppings. Johnny cakes (fried, puffy biscuits) and pan bati (Aruban pancake) replace traditional bread.

Many restaurants feature fresh fish such as wahoo, red snapper, mahi-mahi and barracuda served in a variety of sauces.

Try a beef stew (carni di baca stoba), chicken (galiña stoba) or the sweeter goat meat (cabrito stoba), served with rice and beans (arroz moro) or cornmeal mash (funchi). The pastechi (deep-fried, crescent pastry with a variety of fillings) is a national snack. The fiery Madame Janette pepper, the local version of the scotch bonnet family, spices up meat, soup and seafood dishes.

Those who have tried truly authentic Aruba food will tell you that it is some of the tastiest cuisine they have ever had. Recipes from several different cultures have come together, combined and perfected over the years to create Aruban cuisine as we now know it. Since food is such a big part of the Aruban culture, meals are prepared with pride and love, which is reflected in the delicious flavours of the dish.