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.
If you're hoping to find some gifts you might enjoy visiting Freeport Duty Free, which is found within 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. For customers who want to call in advance, do so at (599-9) 461-9500.
Another possibility is Occhiali Willemstad, which is located 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. You can contact them at (999) 738-8568.
A third place to consider 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 have questions, call them at (999) 434-7700.
Check out this table for more information about your options.
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(599-9) 737-7477||Willemstad|
|Freeport Duty Free||Duty Free Store||(599-9) 461-9500||Downtown Willemstad|
|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|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(599-9) 465-3728||The vicinity of Willemstad|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(599-9) 461-3736||Punda|
|Gift and Souvenir Shops||(599-9) 465-7131||The vicinity of Willemstad|
One of the more interesting specialty retailers in the area is Caribbean Sea Sports. This store 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. If you have questions and want to call in advance, do so at (599-9) 462-2620.
Another good option is Nena Sanchez Gallery, which is found mi. ( km) from Caribbean Sea Sports . 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. You can call them at (999) 869-4965.
Kalina Studio: In addition to photographic prints that Kalina has snapped, she also specialized in wedding photography. Visitors can call them at (999) 738-9966.
Many specialty shops in Willemstad can be seen in the following chart.
|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|
|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|
|Art Gallery||(999) 864-3595||Punda|
|Handmade By Me||Art Gallery||(999) 738-2606||Willemstad|
|Kalina Studio||Art Gallery||(999) 738-9966||Willemstad|
|Jewelry Store||(599) 9 461-1779||Willemstad|
|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|
|Jewelry Store||(599) 9 465-4774||Downtown Willemstad|
|Scuba Store and More||Dive Shop||(999) 738-6640||Willemstad|
|Toy and Game Store||(999) 738-8390||Willemstad|
|Toy and Game Store||(999) 736-2686||Willemstad|
Enjoy looking for interesting clothing? You might want to visit Occhiali Willemstad -- it's situated 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 have questions and want to call before you go, do so at (999) 738-8568.
Another place to consider is McGregor -- which is found within a quick walk from Occhiali Willemstad. Located in the only air conditioned mall on the island, this shop caters to men who want comfort and fashion all at once. If you're looking to call in advance, do so at (999) 738-6442.
Another clothing shop you might enjoy 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. Customers can reach them at (599-9) 461-2700.
Take a moment to look through the following table to find out more about apparel shops serving Willemstad.
|Children's and Infants' Clothing and Accessory Store||(999) 738-3133||Willemstad|
|Department Store||(999) 737-5501||Willemstad|
|Lingerie Store||(999) 747-8080||Willemstad|
|Men's Clothing Store||(999) 738-6313||Willemstad|
|Clothing Store||--||3.3 mi. Northeast of Central Willemstad|
|McGregor||Men's Clothing Store||(999) 738-6442||Willemstad|
|Women's Clothing and Accessories Store||(999) 736-5056||Willemstad|
|Occhiali Willemstad||Sunglasses Shop||(999) 738-8568||Willemstad|
|Shoe Store||(599-9) 462-8848||Willemstad|
|Shoe Store||(999) 737-0022||Willemstad|
|Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store||(999) 736-3655||Willemstad|
|The Athlete's Foot Curacao||Shoe Store||(599-9) 461-2700||Punda|
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. Reach them at (599-9) 461-1296.
A second possibility is Bon Bini Supermarket, which is located mi. ( km) to the of 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're looking to call ahead, you can do so at (599-9) 737-9240.
Take a minute to read the following table for more information about your options.
|Grocery Store||--||1.9 mi. East of Downtown Willemstad|
|Bon Bini Supermarket||Grocery Store||(599-9) 737-9240||Willemstad|
|Confectionery and Nut Store||(999) 461-0977||1.9 mi. East of Downtown Willemstad|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(599-9) 737-0787||Willemstad|
|Grocery Store||(599-9) 868-1473||4.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Willemstad|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(599-9) 868-3839||Willemstad|
|Bakery||(599-9) 869-1565 / (599-9) 869-2777 / (599-9) 747-1566||Willemstad|
|Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store||(599-9) 461-0101||Willemstad|
|Vreugdenhil Supermarket||Grocery Store||(599-9) 461-1296||Willemstad|
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