The island of Aruba is known for it’s warm spirit and personality. Populated by over 90 nationalities, you can find this same spirit and personality in Aruba’s culinary scene. Whether it’s casual beach or upscale modern, there is something for every foodie on this One happy island.
I had the opportunity to experience several local flavors on my recent adventure to Aruba. Which restaurant do you want to try?
Beach Bar Casual: MooMba
Located in the Arawak Garden, MooMba is beach side foodie paradise at it’s best. Thatched roof bar and tables in the sand, beachy cocktails and fresh seafood dishes is what you will find nestled next to clear blue waters and pristine sunsets. This is a great place for groups and those looking for a more vibrant beach experience.
Spa Breakfast: Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa
Early morning yoga beach side your idea of the perfect start of the day? Then you must visit Manchebo at Eagle Beach. Participate in a relaxing yoga session and follow it up with a healthy and delicious breakfast buffet complete with smoothies!
Local Flavor: Carambola Seafood & International Cuisine
Get a taste of local flavors such as Bon Bini Salad or Keshi Yena in an intimate casual setting. Located close to the beach and tourist area, it is easy to access. Don’t forget to order your Balashi (Aruban Brewed Beer) with your meal!
Historic Charm/Wine Lover’s Treat: Papiamento
Located in a 126 year old “canucu” house filled with antiques from Europe surrounded by lush trees and flowers, the charm is unmatched at Papiamento. With a range of dishes with Aruban flair to more traditional dishes, everyone will find something on the menu they will love. If you are looking for the perfect place for a fantastic glass of wine, this is it. With a wine vault that can store up to 1800 bottles, they have wines from all over the world. If you have a chance, you must peek in the wine vault and perhaps have the opportunity to meet a local artist who will share about his latest projects as well!
Secluded Beach Getaway: Old Man and the Sea
If you are looking for a quiet corner of the island to have a romantic dinner, Old Man and the Sea is the perfect secluded beach getaway. Known for having some of the very best sunset views on the island, you can have the perfect dinner set in paradise at a cozy table by the water, a private gazebo or even snuggle up in a rustic lounge on the beach. This charming restaurant serves up fabulous seafood dishes and you will not be disappointed!
Festive Cuban Flair: Cuba’s Cookin’
Step back circa 1959 Havana Resto Bar at Cuba’s Cookin’ in Oranjestad. Conveniently located in the center of the main drag, Cuba’s Cookin’ beacons passers by with sounds of salsa. Get an authentic taste of Cuba with traditional flavors, live music and plenty of dancing.
Trendy Lounge: “O”
Stepping into “O” feels like stepping back into a trendy upscale martini lounge. A classic contemporary feel accompanied by live singing from one of the owners himself gives this restaurant a unique quality. The food was amazing and I highly recommend the Lobster Bisque to anyone!
Rustic Scenic Italian: La Trattoria el Faro Blanco
Some of the best views of the island of Aruba set high on the hillside above Arashi at the California Lighthouse, La Trattoria serves up classic Italian in a casual style. Perfect for an intimate dinner or a large party for lunch. The views and menu are superb and a must experience while in Aruba.
Argentinian Spice: Tango
Convenient in the bustling heart of Oranjestad, you can find traditional Argentinian flavor at Tango. Spicy chimichuri, steaks, seafood and wine are the heart of the menu and none of it will disappoint! I was thrilled to finally have a fabulous glass of Malbec on the island!
If you happen to be dining in Aruba on a Monday night, don’t forget that it is “Little White Dress Night” year round! With over 30 restaurants participating, Aruba is celebrating the warm weather all year by encouraging visitors to substitute their little black dresses with white!
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Tell me what you would love to try in the comments below!