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“Quaint and charming”
Review of Punda

Punda
Ranked #6 of 111 things to do in Willemstad
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Home to most of the shops and tourist activities in Willemstad.
Reviewed 23 January 2008

The online tourist bureau of Curacao had sent us a nice “Architectural Walking Tour” pamphlet with maps and pictures of the historical buildings of the Punda section of Willemstad. So we took a cab to Punda, did some duty-free shopping, and then just walked around admiring the brightly painted buildings and reading about their history. Toured the floating market, synagogue, Blue Market, fort, and waterfront arches.

At the floating market, we enjoyed trying Venezuelan bananas, which were quite different in taste and consistency than the type you find in U.S. supermarkets. We couldn’t even tell which ones were ripe—we initially picked out a handsome yellow one, which the vendor then helpfully informed us was completely unripe.

We had lunch at a café called Plein Wilhelmina, where we enjoyed delicious bitterballen, Antillean stoba (stew), and some spicy little meat egg rolls. Very nice!

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