Pietermaai District – Curacao
One of the great things about Curacao is her broad variety in culture. We would like to get your attention for Pietermaai District.
Pietermaai District’s allure draws business men, artists, students and travelers alike. Fondly referred to as the “SoHo” of Curaçao, its stunning architecture is likely to catch one’s eye. Boutique hotels, small shops, cozy little cafés and top-rated restaurants snuggled together, makes the neighborhood highly walkable and perfect for exploring at your leisure. It’s a neighborhood full of mystery, magic and fun. Originally a residential neighborhood, and owing its existence to a lack of space within the city walls in the beginning of the 18th century, Pietermaai District is now home to many trendy lounge areas and dotted with specialty shops and art studios. For longtime residents, it was painful to see their beloved Pietermaai slowly being taken over by drug peddlers in the late 20th century. The residents retreated indoors and wealthier families moved to safer parts of the island, leaving the streets and iconic buildings for criminals to wreak havoc on. After that period of neglect in the past fifteen years the district is brought back to life by enthusiastic entrepreneur’s. The quaint neighborhood of Pietermaai District is located just a stone’s throw away from the city center Willemstad.
Many events are organized during the year. One of the new highlights is the Curacao International Blues Festival. The festival is organized by the Fundashon Bon Intenshon in cooperation with Mojo Concerts, ties in perfectly with the objectives of the Fundashon. The visitors do not only come to enjoy the festival but also to experience the friendly hospitality of Curaçao. Thus the island of Curaçao is, in all its aspects, brought to the attention of international music lovers in a special manner.Two other unique projects that have been made possible by Fundashon Bon Intenshon are Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival (since 2010) and Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam (since 2012)