Discovering Otrobanda, Curacao

This is another post about the Breedestraat in Otrobanda. Otrobanda means ‘the other side’ and Breedestraat translates to Broadway in English. You will probably recognize these Dutch roots in New York too. New York used to be called New Amsterdam before the Dutch traded it for Surinam with the English. And of course New York has it's Breedestraat too, now called Broadway. Surinam has been a Dutch colony since that time till the eighties. Surinam was very important during World War II for their aluminum, as the allied forces used that for their warplanes. So far some history lessons.

The Breedestraat is the main shopping area of Otrobanda and very authentic for the whole island of Curacao. You can walk the street, it’s like a mile, and it can be a hot walk. You can do a lot of window-shopping in the Breedestraat. You will mostly see only Curacao people in this street which are all very friendly and probably a little surprised to see you as a tourist.

When you approach the end of the shops you will find a nice place to have a decent coffee with some local pastries. A family from Cali, Colombia, has a small bread and pastries shop, with a few tables where you can enjoy their coffee or other drinks with their homemade treats. The shop is very open to the street, so you can enjoy watching the local people doing their things while having your coffee..

Cali Pan, the nice bakery for local bread and pastries, with a few tables to sit and relax.