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Local Aruba Cuisine

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

Fascinating flavor 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 stew pot.

Aruba's home-cooked food was influenced by Amerindians, merchants, pirates, colonial powers of the Netherlands and Spain, African slaves, Eastern and Asian immigrants.

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Local Aruba Cuisine

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Steaks

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

Seafood

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

Italian

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

Asian, Indian and Thai

Satiate your cravings for sushi, Chinese, and Indian cuisine while visiting Aruba--a foodie paradise!

International

Enjoy international cuisine in Aruba.

Caribbean

Aruba a food lover’s paradise and home to more than 90 nationalities, which can be tasted through our diverse cuisine.

Central/South American

Explore the colorful cuisine of South and Central America while vacationing with us.

European and Dutch

Savor authentic European flavors brought to Aruba over several centuries.

North American

Dine like you are home with our numerous restaurants featuring traditional and contemporary American cuisine.

Dining

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


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

Experience a bit of Aruban flavor by visiting local restaurants. The local culinary scene offers Asian-influenced dishes such as bami and nasi goreng rice, or saté with peanut sauce; Dutch traditional dishes like pea soup and thin pancakes served with a variety of sweet and savory toppings. Johnnycakes (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 stew of beef (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 most flavorful 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 know it now. Since food is such a big part of the Aruban culture, meals are prepared with pride and love, this comes back in the delicious flavors of the dish.