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Handelskade

Willemstad, Curacao
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Ranked #12 of 35 attractions in Willemstad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Harborfront street lined with brightly painted 18th century buildings that today, house boutiques, art galleries and sidewalk cafes.
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Connecticut
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635 reviews 635 reviews
338 attraction reviews
696 helpful votes 696 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We walked along the Handelskade and passed shops and restaurants, some of which had outdoor seating. It is only a few blocks long. The ferry to cross the bay over to the Otrobanda section is found here.

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I thought the Handelskade was some huge area. Nope. Only about a block worth of Dutch-style buildings lining the waterfront. Pretty to look at it but my reaction was, "That's it?" Great photo op though. And a good place to people watch.

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florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Great place to stop, watch the pontoon bridge, ships go by, have a meal, drink, shop or people watch.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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294 attraction reviews
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

beautiful place-great buildings and museums. safe-never felt threatened. plenty to see on a nice stroll. forts,churches and more. worthy of the UNESCO World Heritage title.

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Toronto, Canada
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43 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We sat at the cafe on the walkway and were very disappointed with the service we received, or lack thereof I should say. It took them close to 20 minutes to acknowledge us and bring us menus and the food was horrible and very overpriced. It is a very beautiful place to walk by though and view the river and... More

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Chicago, IL
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28 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

It’s a must see while in Curacao, grated when you arrive Handelskade is on everything; brochures, maps and any sort of marketing material. You kind of feel like you have been there without even seeing it yet. Unfortunately we did not have an opportunity to see it at night but what we saw during the day was great. Snapped many... More

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Nieuwendijk, The Netherlands
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

The Handelskade is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it certainly looks nice with all the different facades and colors. Too bad that only the facades look nice, a further behind it is old and shabby. The buildings contain mainly cafes with terraces, so the street is also quite cozy. The best view of the Handelskade is from the other... More

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Trinidad
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I probably took more shots of this than anything else. It's such beautiful architecture (but for one building in the middle) and the colours make it just perfect. Walking through the street however was very disappointing. I expected the buildings to have nice places to eat or shops, but instead it was shops selling pillows and not very fancy stuff.... More

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Yorkville, Illinois
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

You can't come to Curacao without going to Willemstadt and taking pictures of Handelskade. The businesses are all brightly painted and it looks just like the postcards.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Beautiful colourful houses, if you want to take a nice picture, do it from the middle of the floating bridge from Otrobanda side.

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