welcome to curaçao: need a coffee?


By Guest Blogger Vince Catalanotto.

douwe egbertsIf your cruise liner docks in Curaçao, resist the urge to stop in Starbucks. You will find an outlet of the ever-present chain almost as soon as you disembark your ship, at the Renaissance Hotel Plaza. However, just a few steps away, in the historic Rif Fort Village, you will find one of Europe’s oldest purveyors of coffee, Douwe Egberts.

A privately owned franchise, the Curaçao location is a familiar sight for the many Dutch tourists who come to the island. Owned for six years by mother and daughter team Riny and Monique, the café serves the usual items Americans are accustomed to, as well as some geared towards the Europeans (a morning coffee special with milk and honey). The café also serves a light menu of sandwiches and salads, with plenty of seating on the sunny patio.

*Vince is an avid traveler and native New Yorker and writes a blog about the Rockaways, his local community, called Rockawayist.

Flyingnorth Blogmaster’s Note:  One of my most favorite combinations: a sunny location and a latte!