Not one for fine dining or simply more of an adventurous, on-the-go type of vacationer? Consider visiting one (if not all..) of these local food trucks for a taste of some of the best local eats in Aruba!
Note: Food truck opening hours and locations are apt to change at any time, please contact them directly for more information.
Mouth-watering mention: I’ve tried many steak and cheese platters on this island and keep coming back to Candela! More of a seafood lover? Ask for their conch sandwich, you’ll thank me later. Their flavor, quality and consistency is unmatched. PS – Don’t forget to ask for extra garlic sauce, it’s potent but well worth it!
Open for: Dinner/late-night grub, 7PM – 3 AM (Sunday – Thursday), 7 PM – 5 AM (Friday – Saturday).
Where: Two locations: Downtown Oranjestad, directly off of L.G. Smith blvd., across from Royal Plaza and in Ponton off of the main road near Wema.
Mouth-watering mention: Traditional and super flavorful Mexican made-to-order tacos and burritos. Their sauces are the real deal and let me tell you, they do not skimp out on them! Tip: Ask them for their “special of the day” and don’t miss out on their Taco Tuesday (you may just get yourself a freebie).
Open for: Dinner/late-night grub, 8 PM – 3 AM (Tuesday – Thursday), 8 PM – 5 AM (Friday – Saturday).
Where: In Noord, close to Palm Beach. They are usually parked in the parking lot near Santa Anna Botica.
Mouth-watering mention: This is a long-time favorite lunch spot among both locals and visitors. Located in the parking lot of Eagle Beach, Mama’s truck has been around for years and is family-owned and run. Their servings are plentiful, so come hungry! Tip: Arrive on the early side, they may just run out of food before their closing time (2 PM).
Open for: Lunch, 11:30 AM – 2 PM, closed on Sunday.
Where: Eagle Beach parking lot.
Nos Local Snack Truck
Mouth-watering mention: A must-try for lunch if you want to eat like a true local! They offer daily specials, including hefty portions of local specialties and fresh-caught seafood! PS – Make sure to try their Mahi Mahi if you see it on the menu, it is exceptional!
Open for: Lunch, 12 – 3 PM, closed on Sunday
Where: In Kudawecha just off the main road, nearby the Noord area.
Julio’s Food Corner
Mouth-watering mention: If you’re craving some Latin flavor, such as tequeños, arepas and patacon… Julio’s Corner is the place for you! Try the Patacon, a neatly prepared plantain concoction with a burst of flavor that is sure to make you come back again (and quite possibly, again).
Open for: Dinner/late-night grub, 6 PM – late.
Where: Two locations: Off of Sasaki in the parking lot by Eagle Bowling and closer to downtown, across from the cruise ship terminal and Citgo gas station.
Mouth-watering mention: This place is really catching on with tourists, and for good reason. If you find yourself out late-night and are in need of a hefty and juicy meal, look no further! Chalo’s burgers are like none other, I think it has something to do with their neverending toppings stacked on top of each other. You’ll just have to see for yourself! PS – They now are open for BBQ during the day on Sundays in Palm Beach.
Open for: Dinner/late-night grub, Palm Beach & Tanki Leendert locations: 7 PM – 2 AM (Monday – Friday – closed on Tuesday), 7 PM – 12 AM (Saturday), and 11 AM – 12 PM (Sunday BBQ Palm Beach location). Savaneta location: 7 PM – 11 PM (Monday – Friday – closed on Tuesday) and 7 PM – 11 PM (Saturday).
Where: Three locations: Palm Beach, Tanki Leendert and Savaneta.
Mouth-watering mention: Got a sweet tooth? In need of a little dessert in your life? Pofferdorie’s main attraction is a true Dutch delight – poffertjes! Not familiar with poffertjes? Imagine tiny melt-in-your-mouth pancakes topped with butter and powdered sugar. Top it with whatever you like… Nutella, stroop (Dutch syrup), cinnamon, strawberries… you name it!
Open for: Dinner/late-night treat, 6:30 – 11:00 PM, Monday – Sunday
Where: Palm Beach by the Village Mall, across from Hilton Aruba
Issa Beach Food Truck
Mouth-watering mention: They may be a wee bit more inland from the hotel area, but please don’t let that keep you from paying them a visit. They have a great variety on their menu and put their own authentic touch on each and every dish! Tip – Ask to top of your dish with their “Super Special Issa Beach Cheese Sauce” (you’ll thank me later).
Open for: Dinner/late-night grub, 6 – 11 PM, Tuesday – Sunday
Where: Shiribana Paradera
This only scratches the surface when it comes to Aruba’s options in food and snack trucks. So, be sure to keep your eyes open for more local hidden gems as you explore our island. Don’t be shy to ask any local you meet what their favorite go-to truck is for eats!
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