Shopping in Willemstad

Photo credit © Nena Sanchez Gallery

Shopping in Willemstad is a unique experience.  Not only will you find a lot of great deals on luxury imports, but many of the shops are housed in historic buildings.  A walk through town is a cultural experience with the added bonus of being able to shop for gifts and souvenirs.

Most of the shops are located in the Punda district along Heerenstraat and Breedenstraat.  Be on the look out for jewelry, leather goods, watches, linens, liquor, Japanese and German electronics, and yes, cheese.  Some fun buys are decorative wooden shoes which speak to the Dutch culture, and paintings from Haiti.  You can even buy Cuban cigars, but be aware that you may not travel with them into the United States.

Although each shop opens and closes on its own timetable, you'll generally find them to be open fro 8:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Some stay open during the lunch hour, but you shouldn't count on it.  If a cruise ship is in port, you may find a few businesses open on Sunday as well. 

Gifts and Souvenirs

If you're looking for some souvenirs or gifts you should consider visiting Museum Kura Hulanda Shop, which is found within Otrabanda, Willemstad. They sell t-shirts, polo shirts, caps, posters, postcards, CDs with African music, African art, musical instruments, fertility dolls, sculptures made out of shona stone, African games and more. If you are looking for something specific and want to call before booking a room, you can do so at (999) 434-7700.

Another possibility is Freeport Duty Free, which is found 0.4 mi. (0.7 km) to the east of Museum Kura Hulanda Shop. This fine store carries a sporty and elegant assortment of watches by Tissot, Raymond Weil, Baume & Mercier, Mulco, TechnoMarine, Guess, Citizen, TW Steel, Michael Kors, and Marc Jacobs. Affordable Caribbean Topaz jewelry sets and great silver jewelry. If you want to call ahead of time, you can do so at (599-9) 461-9500.

Some of the gift and souvenir shops located in Willemstad are shown in the following chart.

Gifts and Souvenirs In Willemstad
Name Type Phone Location
Freeport Duty Free Duty Free Store (599-9) 461-9500 Downtown Willemstad
Museum Kura Hulanda Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (999) 434-7700 Downtown Willemstad
Souvenir City Gift and Souvenir Shops (599-9) 465-3728 The vicinity of Willemstad

Specialty Shops

One of the area's popular specialty retailers is Caribbean Sea Sports. This shopping venue is located in Piscadera, in western Willemstad. From shore dives to boat dives, night dives to nitrox dives, Caribbean Sea Sports does it all. They even offer daily instruction, beginning with Discover Scuba, progressing to PADI Scuba Diver and PADI Open Water, and even on to PADI Adventure Diver, PADI Advanced Open Water, PADI Rescue Diver, and PADI Master Diver. You can contact them at (599-9) 462-2620.

Another option is Scuba Store and More, which is found mi. ( km) to the of Caribbean Sea Sports . Scuba Store and More offers the largest assortment of scuba diving equipment on the island, with most major brands in stock. If you want to call before booking a room, do so at (999) 738-6640.

Nena Sanchez Gallery: Self-taught artist Nena Sanchez is known around the island for her bright scenes that depict Curacao as she sees it. Her works are displayed around the island in various private collections, but she also has a gallery at the airport and in a shopping center where pieces can be purchased. If you want to call in advance, do so at (999) 869-4965.

View the following table for specialty shops in this area.

Specialty Shops In Willemstad
Name Type Phone Location
Bon Aparte Florist (999) 737-0022 Willemstad
Caribbean Sea Sports Dive Shop (599-9) 462-2620 Piscadera, 2.7 mi. West of Central Willemstad
Caribbean Sea Sports Hilton Dive Shop (+599-9) 462-2630 2.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Willemstad
Caribbean Sea Sports Renaissance Dive Shop (+599-9) 462-2620 Piscadera, 2.7 mi. West of Central Willemstad
De Goudsmid Jewelry Store +599 9 511-7104 1.5 mi. Northwest of Downtown Willemstad
Diamonds International Jewelry Store -- Downtown Willemstad
Fashion Zone Jewelry Store (599-9) 736-1394 Downtown Willemstad
Freeport Jewelers Breedestraat Jewelry Store (599-9) 465-8117 Downtown Willemstad
Freeport Jewelers Zuikertuin Jewelry Store (999) 736-1394 Willemstad
Freeport Jewelry & Gifts Jewelry Store (599-9) 461-2399 / (599-9) 461-3764 Willemstad
Handmade By Me Art Gallery (999) 738-2606 Willemstad
Heaven's Art Supply and Craft Store (999) 738-0654 Willemstad
Milano 2 Jewelry Store (599) 9 461-1779 Willemstad
Nena Sanchez Gallery Art Gallery (999) 869-4965 Willemstad
Obsession Watersports Surfing Gear Store (999) 736-5659 2.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Willemstad
Old Freeport Shop Watch Store (599-9) 461-2399 Downtown Willemstad
Pandora Punda Jewelry Store (599) 9 465-4774 Downtown Willemstad
Scuba Store and More Dive Shop (999) 738-6640 Willemstad
Super Kidz Toy and Game Store (999) 738-8390 Willemstad
Top 1 Toys Toy and Game Store (999) 736-2686 Willemstad

Clothing and Apparel

Enjoy shopping for clothing? You might enjoy a visit to The Athlete's Foot Curacao -- it's found within Punda. No matter what type of sports shoe you need, you will find it at the Athlete's Foot, from running to soccer. If you have questions, call them at (599-9) 461-2700.

The following chart lists some details concerning the apparel shops located in Willemstad.

Clothing and Apparel In Willemstad
Name Type Phone Location
Boolchand's Foot Store Shoe Store (599-9) 461-1803 Punda
Brokx Shoes Shoe Store (599-9) 461-6754 The vicinity of Willemstad
Cocoon Bay and Kids Children's and Infants' Clothing and Accessory Store (999) 738-3133 Willemstad
Crocs Punda Shoe Store (599) 9 465-7822 Willemstad
DLG Department Store (999) 737-5501 Willemstad
Emilia Too Boutique (999) 738-6354 Willemstad
Hunkermoller Lingerie Store (999) 747-8080 Willemstad
Little Holland General Clothing Store (999) 738-4259 Willemstad
Living Fashion Clothing Store -- 3.3 mi. Northeast of Central Willemstad
Novedas Women's Clothing and Accessories Store (999) 736-5056 Willemstad
Onix Shoe Store (599-9) 462-8848 Willemstad
Penha Willemstad Boutique (999) 738-6368 Willemstad
Pronto Moda Boutique (999) 736-5529 Willemstad
Sea and Sand Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (999) 736-3655 Willemstad
The Athlete's Foot Curacao Shoe Store (599-9) 461-2700 Punda
Tommy Hilfiger Willemstad Boutique (999) 737-7618 Willemstad

Food and Grocery

Got the munchies? Vreugdenhil Supermarket is situated in Willemstad. A well known and trusted name in the grocery store business, this is the supermarket that locals choose for all of their shopping needs. Additionally, they offer shuttle services to all of the nearby resorts and even some top tourist attractions, so if you're visiting the area you have no excuse not to get your groceries here. If you would like to call ahead, do so at (599-9) 461-1296.

A second possibility is Bon Bini Supermarket, which is located mi. ( km) from Vreugdenhil Supermarket. Fulfilling all of your grocery shopping needs, Bon Bini Supermarket is well known for its high quality of service and nice selection of food stock. If you have questions and want to call ahead, you can do so at (599-9) 737-9240.

View this table to learn more.

Food and Grocery Stores In Willemstad
Name Type Phone Location
Albert Heijn Grocery Store -- 1.9 mi. East of Downtown Willemstad
Alves Supermarket Grocery Store (599-9) 868-1586 Willemstad
Arco Iris Supermarket Grocery Store (599-9) 767-4176 The vicinity of Willemstad
Bon Bini Supermarket Grocery Store (599-9) 737-9240 Willemstad
Candy Barrel Confectionery and Nut Store (999) 461-0977 1.9 mi. East of Downtown Willemstad
Centrum Supermarket Grocery Store (599-9) 736-7337 Punda
Esperamos Supermarket Grocery Store (599-9) 868-1473 4.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Willemstad
Exito Supermarket Grocery Store (599-9) 767-2061 The vicinity of Willemstad
Fayad's Bakery Bakery (599-9) 888-4440 Willemstad
Mangusa Supermarket Grocery Store (599-9) 737-6271 The vicinity of Willemstad
Panaderia Central Bakery (599-9) 869-1290 Willemstad
Panaderia Isa Bakery (599-9) 462-3666 Punda
Panaderia Libanesa Bakery (599-9) 868-5753 Willemstad
Panaderia Meyer Bakery (599-9) 767-6776 Willemstad
Vreugdenhil Supermarket Grocery Store (599-9) 461-1296 Willemstad

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