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  Stores along Breedestraat in Punda, Curacao
by dlytle

What to buy: Punda's Breedestraat and Otrobanda's Breedestraat are main shopping thoroughfares, likely to be crowded with tourists and cruise ship passengers almost any time of the day.

The road is partially blocked off for pedestrian traffic. The shopping is not duty-free, but is "duty-relaxed", meaning the shopkeepers pay low duty. And since there is no sales tax on Curacao, you should be able to get some fairly good deals. You'll also find an array of shops on the Punda side, particularly at the Waterfort Arches on the harborfront. Many town shops also have branches in hotels around the island.

On Breedestraat on the Punda side, try Boolchand's for cameras and electronic equipment, Little Holland for fine cigars, Eccolet for designer shoes for men and women, and Little Switzerland for watches, china, leather goods, and jewelry. One of the more intriguing stores is J.L. Penha and Sons, in a large, circa 1700 building. This store is a large department store, with jewelry, perfumes, electronic equipment, and more.

Curacao Creations on Schrijnwerkerstraat (off Breedestraat) in Otrobanda, is a good place to find handicrafts fashioned by Curacaons. On hand are pottery, leather goods, glasswork, jewelry, woven baskets, and art. Arawak Craft Products is on the cruise ship wharf near the terminal in Otrobanda, a good stop for local crafts and souvenirs, including its specialty, ceramics. You can watch artisans at work here. Also for local crafts, try the Public Market in Punda, near the Queen Wilhelmina draw bridge. Remember that the Public Market closes at 2 p.m.

Gallery '86 on Trompstraat in Punda, is one of the town's better art galleries. You'll find contemporary work from Curacao and from around the world, including oils, sculpture, and photography.

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  • Written Jan 13, 2004
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