After 1850 the suburb became known as an entertainment district with many theaters and restaurants.
Around the early 18th century, the walled city of Willemstad had more than 200 houses and there was no place within the walls for more buildings. The first expansion took place about half a mile east and was named after de Dutch captain Pieter de Meij, who settled here in 1674.
Residences were built on both sides of the strip. They were built until the early twentieth century of rubble and (finger) coral stones. This releases salt crystals and gives the bulges and salt crystals through the plaster layers on the walls.
After the city walls wore torn down in the 1850’s the suburb became known as an entertainment district with many theaters and restaurants. During the 60’s of the 20th century, Pietermaai fell into complete decay. The people who lived there moved to the other new neighborhoods.
The big turnaround started in 1997. UNESCO awarded Willemstad’s ‘exceptional universal value’ with a place on the World Heritage List.
That fact and the constant new developments from many new entrepreneurs in the last 20 years moved Pietermaai forward and regain its former glory. Nowadays its again a great lively area with restaurants, bars, hotels and residents.
Pietermaai District’s 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.
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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.
300 YEARS OF ENTERTAINMENT