6 things to see or do in Punda, Curaçao

If you are a day or two in Curaçao you might want to do these things to get a feeling of the Capital of Curaçao, Willemstad. Willemstad is divided by the Anna Bay in two halves, Punda and Otrobanda.
The two halves are connected by the Queen Emma pontoon bridge, the swinging old Lady.
the pontoon bridge
Crossing the bridge from Otrobanda (“the other side”) towards Punda (from the word “punt” or point) you see to your left our iconic Handelskade and to your right the Governor’s Palace.
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1. Our first stop is at the Palace of the Governor, where you can enter the courtyard of Fort Amsterdam and visit the Fortkerk, a protestant church established in 1769. The Fortkerk has a museum you can visit.
In the Fortkerk there are regularly concerts, check local listings for that.
Coming back out of the courtyard you turn right and walk towards the Penha building, another icon of Punda.
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You can stroll through the streets of Punda or head straight to our second stop. With the Penha building in front of you, go to your right towards the first square, da Costa Gomez square and turn onto the square to your left. At the end of the square turn right and you have the big yellow synagogue at the end of the street at your left.

2. The Mikvé Israel-Emanuel synagogue in Hanchi Snoa. Here you can visit the museum and admire the beautiful interior of the synagogue in a cool and serene environment.
Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue in Curaçao.
Yes, that is sand on the floor.

3. Out the door to your left and immediately left again walk two blocks up to the water of Waaigat, where you have to your left the Floating Market and to your right the New Market, a round building, and more to the right, about 100 yards/90 meters, the Old Market. The Old Market is our stop # 3.
I want to suggest you have your lunch right here at the Old Market and to stay ahead of the crowds be there at 11.45. Great photo op!
Order your lunch or let the girls advice you. A safe and delicious bet is fish…if you’re courageous you can try one of my favorites, Giambo, an okra soup filled with fish, shellfish and pig’s tale…and super slimy. Totally Fear Factor-like but than delicious at least. I like to eat at Zus, at the far end of the Old Market.

Zus at the Old Market

Share a Pumpkin Pancake as dessert. Angelica’s Kitchen’s version of the pancakes you can find here.
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4. When you’re done at the Old Market head straight back towards the Anna Bay and walk past the Floating Market, our colourful version of fresh fruits and vegetables and spices, brought in from Venezuela. Great photo op.
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5. At the end of the Floating Market, with the Anna Bay in front of you, turn to the right and cross the water towards the Maritime Museum..
If you are staying on the island, you can take a harbor tour on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s. Check with the Museum for more details.

handelskade6. To finish your tour of Punda you can relax at one of the cafe’s on the Handelskade and be in awe when the ships go in or out of the harbor. The pontoon bridge opens and closes so often, you are bound to witness a ship, small or tall, go in or out.

I hope you enjoyed your tour of Punda.
And remember to relax and don’t worry, be happy, you’re in Curaçao.
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Pumpkin Pancakes with Curaçao Liqueur Sauce

I would like to give you a recipe of the pumpkin pancakes we made at Angelica’s Kitchen. Pumpkin pancakes are a staple in Curaçao and we jazzed it up with a Curaçao Liqueur Sauce with fresh orange juice and ice cream.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Curaçao Liqueur Sauce – serves 8

800 g pumpkin
1 stick of cinnamon
2 cups of water
a dash of salt

for the pancakes
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup of raisins

for the sauce
juice of 2 oranges
2 tablespoons of Curaçao Liqueur*
*(NOT the blue one, use the clear or rum raison)

Peel and seed the pumpkin. Dice it coarsely. In a pan add the water and cook the diced pumpkin with the cinnamon stick and salt until tender.Take the cooked pumpkin out of the water when done.

In a food processor add the cooked pumpkin, milk, sugar and vanilla extract and mix to a fine consistency. Add the egg and mix.
Combine the baking powder and flour and add to the pumpkin and mix until well combined.
If necessary add some more flour for a medium thick mixture.
Pour the mixture in a bowl and mix the raisins in with a wooden spoon.
Your pancake batter is ready to use.

Heat a skillet or a frying pan and spray with cooking spray.
Take per pancake 2 tablespoons of batter and poor it on the hot skillet.
Form with the spoon a round pancake and fry it about 3 minutes on each side till golden brown.

Mix the juice of the oranges with the Curaçao Liqueur.

Serve 2 pancakes per person, lukewarm or at room temperature, and pour a spoonful of the orange-Curaçao Liqueur sauce over the pumpkin pancakes.
Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.