Before moving to Aruba, we lived in the centre of Eindhoven for several months, with the nicest coffee places right around the corner. In the past two years, 80 new restaurants, cafés and bars opened in the city including a large amount of coffee spots. Nowadays, you will find several in every single street. To have a coffee or thee and perhaps some breakfast or lunch, is something that many Dutch people enjoy and do more and more often.
You can order high quality coffee in almost every restaurant on Aruba. But luckily there are also several coffee places that, besides serving high quality coffee and thee, have an awesome, trendy or special atmosphere or appearance.
However, it can be quite tricky to find them. Therefore, below are our five ‘Coffee Spot’ favourites.
Close to one of our favourite beaches (Manchebo Beach) there is an awesome coffee spot called ‘Santos Coffee with Soul’, hidden between hotels. If you are nearby, you cannot miss this trendy spot. Especially in Aruban terms, Santos has a very hip appearance both on the in- and outside, with windows surrounded by black steel, cool leather seats, attributes made from zinc, and a light cord on the outside terrace. Whatever your order – breakfast, lunch, dinner or an amazing smoothie or Brazilian coffee – it is presented in a very attractive way, with a carafe of water and glasses and a happy smile.
Opening hours: 6am – 9.30pm
Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 51, Oranjestad, Aruba
‘Coffee is always a good idea’ it what you read once you have entered The Coffee Table. It is very cozy, French inspired place with long as well as individual tables and comfortable seats. As with many Aruban places, you are not able to see the interior from the outside. But once you are inside, you immediately notice the comfortable ‘living-room’ vibe. A perfect place to catch up with a nice cup of coffee or thee, a smoothie, or perhaps a tasty snack or lunch.
Opening hours: 7.30am – 5.30 pm
Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard 126, Oranjestad
If you are in the High Rise area and would like a cup of coffee with breakfast or lunch in a trendy place, then Craft is the place to go. To be fair, at night the atmosphere is better due to the lighting, but during the day it is a very nice place as well. Keep in mind though that the three flat screen televisions could be on. Besides, Craft has a cool and relaxed vibe; an ‘oasis’ in the middle of the large terraces and crowds of High Rise
Openings hours: 8am – 1am
Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 348A, Palm-Eagle Beach
Even though Coffeehouse Aruba does not look special at all from the outside and it is not located at a popular area of the island, the inside interior is typical Aruban and the (house blend) coffee is delicious. You truly experience a piece of coffee history by entering this authentic place, where the traditional and respected coffee brand, Smit&Dorlas, is served. In 1822, Sir Dorlas started a coffee-roasting factory in Amsterdam and Gouda in the Netherlands. Early in the 19th century, Sir Smith from Amsterdam joined the company that primarily sold coffee to hotels. Nowadays, especially in this part of the world, Smit&Dorlas is a very respected and appreciated brand that is served amongst other in all Hilton hotels around the world. To date, the coffee beans are still roasted in the Netherlands.
Opening hours: 9am – 18pm
Address: De La Sallestraat 30, Oranjestad
Located in an old cunucu shack in the Rancho district of Oranjestad, you will find this (& more) amazing place. Old and traditional from the outside, trendy and modern from the inside. You can have a tasty cup of coffee accompanied by various delicious sweet treats, or have lunch. We highly recommend visiting Aruba Experience if you are nearby!
Opening hours: 7.30am – 7pm
Address: John G Emanstraat 37, Oranjestad (Rancho district)
Enjoy the treats, as well as the unique and special atmospheres that these five Coffee Places offer during you holiday on Aruba!