Found yourself in Oranjestad, Aruba wanting to do a food tour? Look no further, here is an excellent way to get aquatinted with the local food scene on your own time!
I arrived in Oranjestad, Aruba on a cruise and booked a snorkeling tour (not with the cruise line) but I heard that Aruba had a pretty solid food scene so I did some extensive research (prior to leaving) and picked out some places I wanted to try. Because I was on foot all of these places are walkable from the cruise port. Here is the compilation of my favorites so that if you find yourself in a similar situation you can also do a self-guided food tour of Oranjestad, Aruba.
Start your food tour at Coffee Break because every good food tour should begin with locally roasted coffee!
After that head to The Pastechi House, a local favorite for hand pies. I asked for recommendations of what would be the best representation of local flavors and was directed towards the fish hand pie. It was delicious! I definitely suggest you ask the same question whenever you travel!
Once you’ve had a snack you’re ready for a walk to the beach. Head to the West Deck for dinner and cocktails with a beautiful view. I saw the menu and knew I wanted shrimp but decided to ask (again) what is the most local dish on the menu? The waiter directed me to Aruban Keeshi Yera, a dish of shredded chicken, prunes, cashews and spices wrapped in Dutch Gouda and served in a tomato garlic sauce. I was skeptical but decided to go for it. No regrets!! It was friggin’ delicious and you should try it too! I also recommend a big kid drink because even through they are expensive it is a magical place to sip a fruity frozen cocktail.
Your last stop on your self-guided food tour in Oranjestad, Aruba is for dutch pancakes. Because Aruba is a constituent country of the Netherlands it has a heavy dutch influence which blends with its natural Caribbean charm. So naturally desert needs to be Dutch pancakes. I recommend The Dutch Pancakehouse because of it’s taste and location, I got tiny pancakes covered in Nutella and they were exactly what my heart wanted for a final bite in Oranjestad, Aruba.
And there you have it! I hope you enjoy this self-guided food tour of Oranjestad, Aruba as much as I did!
Do you have other recommendations for food in Oranjestad, Aruba? Let me know in the comments section!