When planning a trip, it is important to know where you’re staying, what attractions you’re visiting, how you’re moving around, but most importantly what food you will be eating. Traveling gives people the opportunity to get to know more about that new place, as well as the local people’s culture and traditions. That’s why it is so important to visit the restaurants that serve some of the best local and international cuisine. When it comes to Aruba, there are endless options to satiate that post-beach, post-swimming, post-sunbathing hunger. Here are the best restaurants in Aruba you have got to try!

Papillon
If you want to taste the best Caribbean – French fusion food in Aruba, you must head over to Papillon. Conveniently located across from the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, Papillon serves classic French dishes with a unique Caribbean touch. This restaurant was inspired by the 1974 movie with the same name, as it is decorated very much in theme with the film’s storyline. Here, you will be able to order plates such as lobster bisque, onion soup, foie gras, tuna steak with Cajun spices, filet mignon, and lobster a la Caraiibe. The ambiance is intimate, yet casual, perfect for a date night or for a family outing.

Aqua Grill
Craving some seafood? Then you must go to Aqua Grill, one of the best seafood restaurants in the island. Aqua Grill mixes in the best of a typical New England fish house and Caribbean cuisine, offering delicious dishes. All the seafood here is fresh, and variety is quite large. These are some of the following delicacies you can order: oysters, tuna tataki, lobster salad, crab cakes, red snapper, mahi mahi, Caribbean polenta, and clam chowder among many other options. In terms of ambiance, Aqua Grill offers a romantic, yet family friendly setting. It is located in the Palm Beach area of Noord, Aruba.

Papiamento Restaurant
For those seeking a more local experience, Papiamento is the perfect place to visit. This restaurant is located in the Washington neighborhood of Noord and offers home-style Aruban staple dishes, including Cabrito (goat stew) and Keeshi Yena (Gouda cheese with chicken, onions, celery, peppers, raisins and cashews). What’s so special about this place is the fact that it is located inside an Aruban “cunucu” (house) from 1886, giving customers the full local experience. It is not quite a touristy restaurant, as it is mainly frequented and recommended by locals themselves. There are also tables set up outside around the pool, creating a magical and romantic setting. If authenticity is a priority, Papiamento is truly where you should go.

MooMba Beach Bar & Restaurant
Another place to get some authentic local food is at MooMba Beach Bar & Restaurant. The ambiance here is quite laid-back, as you can sit right between two giant palapas (beach huts) and order some delicious Caribbean food and tropical cocktails. This open-air restaurant serves all meals from breakfast to dinner, and what’s so amazing about this place is the fact that it is right by the ocean, offering one of the best views in Aruba. Coming to MooMba is a great idea especially when you want to catch the stunning Aruban sunset. Some of the food you can order here includes coconut shrimp, grouper fillet, calamari, BBQ ribs and the iconic MooMba Burger among many other options. On Fridays and Sundays there is a BBQ Buffet option for a fixed price in case you want to have that all-you-can-eat experience. This restaurant is located on the northern side of Palm Beach, about 5 minutes away from the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino.

Without a doubt, a trip to Aruba will involve catching some gleaming sun rays, bathing in beautiful ocean waters and eating delicious food. No wonder those who visit Aruba end up wanting to come back soon. Learn more about Aruba here.

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