Best Places to Eat in Aruba: Memorable Restaurants, Bakeries & More

Looking for the best places to eat in Aruba? From fine dining to roadside snack stands, here are my top picks for where to eat in Aruba!

Aruba, with its rich cultural tapestry influenced by Dutch, Caribbean, and South American traditions, serves up a delightful fusion of cuisines that reflects the island’s unique history and the warm hospitality of its people. From quaint local eateries to upscale dining establishments, the culinary scene here is a delicious journey.

One of my favourite things about travelling is trying new food, and Aruba doesn’t disappoint!

Aruba is a Caribbean gem forming part of the Dutch Antilles ABC Islands: Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire. Situated about 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela, there is a lot of South American influence in its cuisine.

Join me on this foodie adventure as we navigate through the bustling streets of Oranjestad, the serene beachfront establishments, and hidden gems tucked away in the charming corners of One Happy Island.

Whether you’re a looking for fresh catch of the day, or someone simply looking to enjoy the comforting embrace of local food, Aruba has a feast in store for you. Let’s explore the top-notch restaurants, and hidden culinary treasures that will undoubtedly make your trip to Aruba a memorable one!

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Best Restaurants in Aruba

Passions on the Beach

Celebrating something special or just want some incredible views? Passions on the Beach is a memorable place to dine for birthdays, romantic dinners, anniversaries, and more. 

You’re welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine before heading to your table on the beach. 

Passions on the Beach Aruba

We kicked our shoes off and dined with our feet in the sand while we watched the sun set over Eagle Beach. Be sure to book your reservation with enough time to arrive before sunset! 

We both had fish (coconut grouper for me and red snapper for Dana!) and they even surprised us with a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. The service is wonderful at Passions on the Beach. 

Good to know: Passions on the Beach does not accept cash as a form of payment.

Address: J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 252 Eagle Beach 

sunset Eagle Beach Aruba

Taste My Aruba

Booked on a whim and graciously accommodated at the last minute on Christmas day, Taste My Aruba ended up being our favourite place to eat on this trip to Aruba. 

Located downtown, this charming restaurant serves up traditional Aruban style cooking with the most welcoming hosts. Catch of the day is sometimes seen being brought in, and the decor is so rustic and old-world you instantly feel at ease when you walk in. 

Taste my Aruba

There are a few options for seating, including an open-air patio or an air-conditioned room, and the service is excellent. Highly recommend it if you’re looking for more authentic cooking!

Address: Wilhelminastraat 57, Oranjestad

Taste my Aruba

Old Cunucu House

If you’re looking for a place to dine in Aruba that offers local and traditional cooking, head over to the Old Cunucu House.

Old Cunucu House

Built over 150 years ago, the Old Cunucu House offers traditional Aruban food in a charming setting. From whole fish to goat stew and local beer, there’s enough variety for those seeking some homemade cooking.

If you want a really authentic meal, order the red snapper with the creole sauce. It comes as a whole fish and it’s by far one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

Address: Palm Beach 150, Noord, Aruba

Old Cunucu House Aruba

Old Man and the Sea 

One of the most beautiful places we ate at was Old Man and the Sea in Savaneta, at the east end of the island. 

It’s about a 25 minute drive from downtown Oranjestad, but very easily driveable. This restaurant is located right beside Flying Fishbone, so if you come, you’ll be pulling into the same parking lot. There is no signage for Old Man and the Sea, but you’ll want to look for huts at the far end of the parking lot.

Old Man and the Sea Aruba

The atmosphere is beyond romantic – beach dining with views of overwater bungalows and sunset views. It’s magical. The food is delicious too; I always go for the fresh catch of the day. This was such a memorable evening if you’re celebrating something special.

Address: Savaneta 356A Savaneta, Aruba 10005

Sunset Old Man and the Sea

Willem’s Dutch Pancakes

You can’t come to Aruba and not try the Dutch pancakes. 

Similar to a flat crepe, Aruban Dutch pancakes come with an assortment of toppings. Whether you’re in the mood for savoury or sweet, there’s a topping for all palettes. 

We went to Willem’s Dutch Pancakes on Christmas day in Palm Beach. Dana had one topped with gouda cheese, bacon, and apple (traditional Dutch) and I went with a French flair with honey, walnuts, brie and arugula. 

The pancake is HUGE but it’s light and fluffy and easily manageable for one person.

Address: Arawak Garden, J.E. Irausquin Blvd, Noord, Aruba

Willem's Dutch Pancakes Palm Beach Aruba

Coffee Shops and Cafes in Aruba

Bistro de Suikertuin

We happened upon Bistro de Suikertuin by chance, and I’m SO glad we did. We were driving down a one-way back alley when we stumbled across this hidden piece of paradise. 

Bistro de Suikertuin Oranjestad

We were warmly welcome and seated inside at this beautiful cafe. After enjoying a cappuccino, we ordered a Caribbean sandwich, with chicken, pineapple, and curry. 

It was delicious and just what we needed to tide us over for our flight home (boo!). We enjoyed a chat with the owner and snapped a ton of photos – this is one place we’ll be back at!

Address: Wilhelminastraat 64, Oranjestad, Aruba

Bistro de Suikertuin Aruba

Santos Coffee with Soul

If you’re looking for a relaxed place to grab coffee or a bite to eat in Oranjestad (with air conditioning!), head to Santos Coffee with Soul, right by Fort Zoutman tower.

Located a few streets back from the hubbub of downtown with a bohemian vibe and assortment of caffeinated beverages, smoothies, and breakfast fare, Santos Coffee with Soul also offers 2-for-1 mimosa every day, all day. That’s $7.50 for two mimosas!!! 

They also make the most Instagram-worth breakfast charcuterie boards that easily fill 3 people.

Address: Zoutmanstraat 7, Oranjestad, Aruba

Santos Coffee With Soul

Street Food & Roadside Snack Stands in Aruba

Julio’s Corner Food Truck

If you’re not in the mood for a sit-down dinner or don’t have the time, there are a number of fantastic food trucks in Aruba. One of them is Julio’s Corner, located a short distance from Eagle Beach. 

This food truck was literally 3 minutes from our AirBnB and we decided after a day in the sun we just wanted to relax back at our place. The portions are huge and very reasonably priced compared to restaurants (you’re looking at roughly $15 USD pp) and the cuisine is a mix of Venezuelan, Colombian, and Mexican. 

With opening hours between 6:00 pm – 4:00 am, you’re guaranteed not to miss them after a day touring around the island.

Address: Beside the Eagle Bowling Palace at Pos Abao 2N, Aruba

Julio's Corner Food Truck Aruba

Mauchi Smoothies

I would be remiss if I didn’t include the incredible Mauchi Smoothies! We hit this roadside smoothie stand up on the way back from Baby Beach and it was the best way to cool off after a hot day in the sun!

There are a bunch of different smoothie options or feel free to create your own! The smoothies are SO refreshing and delicious, the service is super nice, and I felt like you definitely got what you paid for. It was the perfect in-between snack mid-afternoon that cooled us down and kept us going until dinner.

Address:  Savaneta 87, Savaneta, Aruba

Mauchi Smoothies Aruba

Bakeries in Aruba

The Pastechi House

While not necessarily a place to sit down and dine – although there is seating inside the cafe and on the street – the Pastechi House is well known in Oranjestad and is a must-visit while in Aruba.

This tried-and-true eatery is guaranteed to awaken your taste buds. Typically eaten for breakfast (but fantastic for any time of day, in my opinion!) pastechis are these delightful pastries that are similar to empanadas packed with an assortment of different fillings. 

Pastechi House Aruba

At the Pastechi House, you can find varieties such as cheese, chicken, beef (my favourite), tuna, lobster, ham and more. You can also try some amazing smoothies (batidos) which make for a perfect island breakfast. You’ll be hard-pressed just to pick a couple to try!

Open 6:00 am – 7:00 daily. Cash only!

Address: Caya G. F. Betico Croes #42, Oranjestad, Aruba

Bright Bakery

If there’s one bakery you’re planning to go to in Aruba, I definitely recommend Bright Bakery. 

Just a couple minutes from Hooiberg Mountain, Bright Bakery has been in business for 75 years and is the place to go amongst locals. From breads, cakes, pastechi and every baked good you can imagine, it’s one place not to miss to get some traditional Aruban food. 

They accept USD – but keep in mind if you’re providing large bills, expect to receive Florin – the local currency – back.

Try their pastechi and bread pudding. They’re so good!

Address: Piedra Plat 44, Paradera, Aruba

Bright Bakery Aruba
Bright Bakery Christmas Eve rush!

It’s evident that Aruba is not just a destination for sun and sand but a haven for food enthusiasts.

From the bustling streets of Oranjestad to the tranquil shoreside retreats, Aruba has proven itself as a gastronomic paradise where every meal is an adventure!

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