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Travel: Top 5 places to eat on Curaçao


Hi guys! About half a week ago, I stepped off the plane after a beautiful week in Curaçao. My first proper press trip, my first time on the island and the first time since I moved in with my boyfriend that we've been apart for a week! Just so you know kids, just because you've turned 31, that doesn't mean you don't have any new experiences ahead of you anymore ;-)

My experience with Curaçao was everything I hoped it would be and much more. I was amazed by how much variety this tiny little island has to offer, in architecture, nature, culture and food. We had a wonderful guide who showed us around and introduced us to some of the gems the island has in store, but there's still so much more left to explore on a next visit. However, I feel happy to pass on the knowledge I've already acquired to any future travelers!

FYI: we flew there with Tui, who are offering direct flights once a week from Brussels Airport (with a short stop but no real transfer in Costa Rica on the way to Curaçao) up until the end of October, so if you're itching to visit the island from Belgium, this is the time! 

Let me first tell you about my top 5 places to stop and enjoy all of the culinary pleasures this Caribbean paradise has to offer.


Travel: Top 5 places to eat on Curaçao

The first place on my list is the last place we ate at before driving up to the airport. Number 10 is run by Liberty Suares, an entrepeneur who has a knack for gorgeous interior design, making good, healthy food and giving sup yoga (yoga on a surf board) classes. I wanted to take the entire decor of Number 10 home with me, but I'll settle for that instagram-perfect pink beet latte. Liberty is a perfect example of the numerous young, talented women we met who are taking Curaçao to the next level by starting up cool new initiatives. The entire concept of Number 10 would even stand out in trendy cities like Antwerp or Amsterdam, let alone Curaçao.


Travel: Top 5 places to eat on Curaçao
Travel: Top 5 places to eat on Curaçao
Travel: Top 5 places to eat on Curaçao

Second on my list, not necessarily trendy but authentic and quirky (just the way I love it): Williwood. This place has so much to offer! A lively atmosphere (especially at night), a Hollywood knock-off sign with some history, a lake that draws wild flamingos just across the street, and a Curaçao delicacy: goat meat burgers. Apparently these are an acquired taste, but I just found it tasted like lamb. Maybe slightly more pronounched in flavour. I'd strongly recommend the kabritu (goat) burger with goat's cheese, the flavours compliment each other perfectly, and the sweet potato fries are divine.


3) Cooking workshop + lunch/dinner with the Caribbean Spice Girl

Travel: Top 5 places to eat on Curaçao


In third place, probably the best food we had on the island: the dishes we cooked ourselves under the guidance of Helmi Smeulders aka the Caribbean Spice Girl. As soon as we stepped in and were presented with tempura string beans + truffle mayonnaise, I knew we were in for a treat. Helmi gives modern Caribbean cooking tutorials for groups of a minimum of 6 participants, at 99$. It's a program that will last a full morning or afternoon and ends with an opulent meal you cook in group, and you'll leave with a booklet of recipes, a stomach full of some of the best food you'll ever taste, and a head full of culinary inspiration. I had an amazing time and would recommend this 100%.


4) Landhuis Misjé

Travel: Top 5 places to eat on Curaçao
Travel: Top 5 places to eat on Curaçao

Do you love pure, healthy Caribbean flavours served on the deck of what seems like someone's backyard, with open views on the hills of Curaçao? Then you should drop by Landhuis Misjé. We had ceviché about 6 times in some shape or form during our week on the island, but the ginger-laced version we had at Misjé was the best, hands down. I also had the most gorgeous mahi mahi fish tacos. And we discovered awa di lamonchi, a lime lemonade that was the perfect thirst quencher on a ridiculously hot day. The food is honest and impeccable.


Travel: Top 5 places to eat on Curaçao
Travel: Top 5 places to eat on Curaçao
Travel: Top 5 places to eat on Curaçao

Finally, I recommend City Beach 88. This is a dreamy beach bar in the middle of colorful Pietermaai, Willemstad that serves delicious thin crust pizzas. Every time we were here the place was rather quiet, but I actually thoroughly enjoyed the peace - I could spend a whole night here chatting with friends or even just reading a book, listening to the waves crash against the shore. There are beach beds, a pier and comfortable lounge sets. They provide cocktails and pizza, you only have to bring your chill. And some anti-mosquito products.

And that's my top 5 of where to eat on Curaçao! There's loads more recommendations on my Instagram, be sure to check the Curaçao highlights reel.

Inspiration: swimming + picnic and shopping locally

Hi guys! Just a few weeks ago, I met up with my besties to battle the heatwave by going for a swim at the Boekenberg swimming pond. The pond is set in a park so it was the perfect opportunity to have a picnic, catch some sun, read a book and joke around. 100% worth sitting on a bus + train for almost 2 hours.


Anyway, the afternoon was so lovely I was inspired to put together a little collage for a perfect afternoon of swimming and chilling! I used Storesquare for my window shopping. I recently discovered the platform after receiving a press mailing, and I liked the concept so much I figured I might as well share the info with you guys. Basically, Storesquare features products sold at stores that are close to your home.

Travel: first taste of Curaçao


Hi darlings! If you've been keeping up, you should know that by now I have fully immersed myself in Curaçao. Our flights were smooth, I got some zzz's on the plane, I didn't experience any jetlag and everything has been going swimmingly - I haven't even gotten any mosquito bites yet. Knock on wood. So now that I'm on this perfect-trip-high, let me show you some first impressions of Willemstad with you guys! 

I am blown away by all the color here, and if you know anything about my aesthetic, you know that I'm a sucker for that shit. The Caribbean has a way of amplifying color, from the bright blues of the ocean to the candy-drop houses to the myriad of fresh fruits (and cocktails) that are so plentiful over here. I'll be getting back to you with a real travel review soon, but for now, I'm just going to grab a drink and enjoy Dushi Curaçao. Follow me on Instagram for much more Curaçao content!

Travel wishlist: what to pack for an island getaway


Hi babes! I have some crazy, insane, super excited news to share with you: I'm jetting off to the Caribbean for a week, flying to Curaçao with Tui! I know, I can barely believe it myself - this is undoubtedly the coolest thing that blogging ever got me into. Except meeting my dear friend Sabina, of course. But jumping on a plane to go discover Curaçao? That can't be beat.

I will be sharing alllll of the sun and crystal clear waters and bright colours and cocktails with you (only visuals and audio until they invent teleportation, sadly), but until I set foot on the island, I will be daydreaming. And putting together imaginary holiday wardrobes. Lord knows I have enough summer clothes to last me a lifetime (summer clothes are my fav to shop for), but there's no harm in window shopping right?

So let me present to you a round-up of my sartorial summer cravings of the moment! Key words: colour and comfort.









6) a wide brim hat - for that dash of glamour

7) colourful swimsuits. At least two different ones. Striped or ruffled.




8) comfy sandals that you can easily slip on and off (I already own these).

I'm planning on bringing a bajillion swimsuits and not much else. Finally getting some wear out of my collection of swimwear - am I the only person who delights in buying a new suit each year despite hardly ever going for a swim? It's like you're investing in the idea of going on a holiday, man.

I'm a little intimidated about going, if I'm perfectly honest - it will be my first real press trip, on my own meaning without any people I've known previously, and I'm dreading those lonely nights in my hotel room. I'm one of those extroverts who actually enjoy chatting away and spending time with other people, so the solo travel thing is a little daunting to me. I mean, who will take those thousands of slightly differently angled pictures of my beach outfits?? Ha! But really, if you have any tips on spending quality time with myself for an entire week when we have downtime, do share. Press trips can feel like work instead of a holiday if you don't approach em right, or so I've been told, so I want to get in with the right mindset. And hit me up if you're on the island during my stay next week! ;-)

PS this is Curaçao. Are you in love yet?? I'm crossing my fingers for a selfie with a sea turtle. Will make it worth being a little lonely. Cheers!


Outfit: romantic in white polkadotted dress

Outfit: romantic in white polkadotted dress