Colourful 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.
Only in Pietermaai District.
An exciting past
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. It is said that the area was named after the Dutch captain Pieter de Meij. The suburb attracted wealthy merchants resulting in impressive mansions built in the Dutch architectural styles of the 18th and 19th century. In the mid-19th century, after the city walls were torn down, Pietermaai became a hub for ideas, business and culture. The theaters and small artisanal businesses added to the neighborhood’s appeal and still serve as inspiration for the lively atmosphere the area is known for today.
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. Remnants of that period are still visible in a few buildings, however most of the derelict buildings have been restored and modern buildings occupy previously vacant plots.
A perfect combination of the old and the new.
300 YEARS OF ENTERTAINMENT
Pietermaai District is constantly bustling with activity. It is a mecca for music lovers and people looking for some late-night revelry. It is this lively atmosphere that makes Pietermaai District a must-visit destination for nightlife, entertainment and fine dining. During the day, the district retains its funky vibes and is a perfect place to meet local artists and neighborhood characters.
A good time for night owls and early birds.
The quaint neighborhood of Pietermaai District is located just a stone’s throw away from the city center Willemstad. The district covers an impressive, yet walkable, area stretching from The Movies at Plaza Mundo Merced to the rows of bars along Pietermaai and the restaurants at Johan van Walbeeckplein all the way to Avila Hotel in Penstraat.
ENNIA has a rich history of giving back to the communities in which they operate. ENNIA proudly supports Pietermaai District’s neighborhood association that is working hard towards building a safer and stronger community in the area. Fun fact: Pietermaai District is located near the insurance company’s headquarters in Curaçao.