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 hoping to find some gifts consider visiting Freeport Duty Free, which is located in Punda, Willemstad. 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're looking to call before making reservations, you can do so at (599-9) 461-9500.

Another option is Occhiali Willemstad, which is found a short distance away of Freeport Duty Free. Protect your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun -- and look good while you're at it when you shop with Occhiali. If you're looking for something specific, call them at (999) 738-8568.

Another place you might enjoy is Museum Kura Hulanda Shop. 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 would like to call before booking a room, you can do so at (999) 434-7700.

Many of the gift and souvenir shops located in Willemstad are listed below.

Gifts and Souvenirs In Willemstad
Name Type Phone Location
Cucinarte Kitchen Jewels & Gifts Gift and Souvenir Shops (599-9) 737-7477 Willemstad
Freeport Duty Free Duty Free Store (599-9) 461-9500 Downtown Willemstad
Mais Mhine Gift & Accessories Gift and Souvenir Shops (599-9) 524-0244 Willemstad
Museum Kura Hulanda Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (999) 434-7700 Downtown Willemstad
Occhiali Willemstad Sunglasses Shop (999) 738-8568 Willemstad
Souvenir City Gift and Souvenir Shops (599-9) 465-3728 The vicinity of Willemstad
Supreme & Real Souvenir Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (599-9) 461-3736 Punda
Tropical Souveniers Gift and Souvenir Shops (599-9) 465-7131 The vicinity of Willemstad

Specialty Shops

One of the more interesting speciality shops in the area is Caribbean Sea Sports. This shopping venue is located in Piscadera, in western Willemstad. Curacao Tourist Board approved and known as the dive shop with "personality," Caribbean Sea Sports is all about having fun while enjoying the sport of scuba diving. Everyone is made to feel welcome and like part of the team, which in turn helps them to feel safe and allows them to thrive as they learn new scuba skills. For customers who want to call ahead, you can do so at (599-9) 462-2620.

A second option is Nena Sanchez Gallery, which is located to the of Caribbean Sea Sports . Sanchez specializes in paintings a well as gliclees, which are pieces of fine art that have been digitally reproduced and placed on canvas. If you're looking for something specific, try calling them at (999) 869-4965.

Kalina Studio: A local photographer who fell into the craft by accident, you'll find all of her thought provoking prints available at her studio in the mall. If you are looking for something specific and want to call before making reservations, do so at (999) 738-9966.

Many specialty shops in Willemstad are shown in the table below.

Specialty Shops In Willemstad
Name Type Phone Location
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 Marriott 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
Gallery John Baselmans Art Gallery (999) 864-3595 Punda
Handmade By Me Art Gallery (999) 738-2606 Willemstad
Kalina Studio Art Gallery (999) 738-9966 Willemstad
Milano 2 Jewelry Store (599) 9 461-1779 Willemstad
Milano 3 Jewelry Store (599) 9 461-9336 2.2 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad
Nena Sanchez Gallery Art Gallery (999) 869-4965 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

Interested in shopping for clothing? You might enjoy a visit to Occhiali Willemstad -- it's located in Willemstad. Protect your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun -- and look good while you're at it when you shop with Occhiali. If you are looking to call ahead of time, do so at (999) 738-8568.

Another option is McGregor -- which is found within a quick walk from Occhiali Willemstad. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors can reach them at (999) 738-6442.

A third option for clothing is The Athlete's Foot Curacao. Having originally opened in 1978, the Athlete's Foot was the first athletic shoe franchise store to open in the world. Soon, locations were available all over the world, like this spot on Curacao, allowing people from all over to find designer athletic footwear at a reasonable price. If you want to be sure they're open , call them at (599-9) 461-2700.

Lots of the apparel shops in Willemstad are displayed directly below.

Clothing and Apparel In Willemstad
Name Type Phone Location
Cocoon Bay and Kids Children's and Infants' Clothing and Accessory Store (999) 738-3133 Willemstad
DLG Department Store (999) 737-5501 Willemstad
Emilia Too Boutique (999) 738-6354 Willemstad
Fashion Focus Boutique -- Willemstad
Four Seasons Boutique (999) 736-3300 Willemstad
Hunkermoller Lingerie Store (999) 747-8080 Willemstad
Lacoste Willemstad Men's Clothing Store (999) 738-6313 Willemstad
Living Fashion Clothing Store -- 3.3 mi. Northeast of Central Willemstad
McGregor Men's Clothing Store (999) 738-6442 Willemstad
Never Pay More Promenade Boutique (999) 465-1445 Willemstad
Novedas Women's Clothing and Accessories Store (999) 736-5056 Willemstad
Occhiali Willemstad Sunglasses Shop (999) 738-8568 Willemstad
Onix Shoe Store (599-9) 462-8848 Willemstad
Onix Kids Shoe Store (999) 737-0022 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
Where to Wear Boutique (999) 736-0844 Willemstad

Food and Grocery

Hungry? Vreugdenhil Supermarket is found in Willemstad. Vreugdenhil is your typical grocery store in that they sell fresh produce, high quality meats and dairy, dry stock, and cold and frozen products. They also have a bakery where you can get fresh bread and pastries daily, and a traditional butcher. Guests can reach them at (599-9) 461-1296.

A second possibility is Bon Bini Supermarket, which is found 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. For customers who want to call before making reservations, you can do so at (599-9) 737-9240.

Check out the table just below for more information about your options.

Food and Grocery Stores In Willemstad
Name Type Phone Location
Albert Heijn Grocery Store -- 1.9 mi. East of Downtown Willemstad
Banketbakkerij Majestic Bakery (599-9) 461-5549 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
Edmy's Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (599-9) 737-0787 Willemstad
Esperamos Supermarket Grocery Store (599-9) 868-1473 4.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Willemstad
Fayad's Bakery Bakery (599-9) 888-4440 Willemstad
Frank's Liqour Store Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (599-9) 868-3839 Willemstad
Panaderia Bon Pan Suffisant Bakery (599-9) 869-1565 / (599-9) 869-2777 / (599-9) 747-1566 Willemstad
Panaderia Central Bakery (599-9) 869-1290 Willemstad
Panaderia Isa Bakery (599-9) 462-3666 Punda
Panaderia Nobo Bakery (599-9) 868-3065 Willemstad
Panaderia Victoria Bakery (599-9) 868-4386 Willemstad
Village Beverage Center Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (599-9) 461-0101 Willemstad
Vreugdenhil Supermarket Grocery Store (599-9) 461-1296 Willemstad

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