Where to go for Breakfast on Bonaire

Where to go for Breakfast on Bonaire

Where to go for Breakfast on Bonaire? Very few restaurants on Bonaire are directly ON the water. Karel’s Beach Bar is not just on the water, it’s ON the water!

Karel’s is the dinghy stop for sailboats moored in the harbor in front of Kralendijk. They are open all day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. In fact at Breakfast time the restaurant is transformed into the “Cappuccino Bar.” in the afternoon it’s just Karel’s and in the evening it’s awesome for happy hour and can become very lively after dinner, sometimes with live music.

But this post is about breakfast: Karel’s Cappuccino Bar is the perfect location for your morning cuppa and some eggs. You can walk there for a coffee or enjoy, pancakes, sausage, toast or whatever you’re in the mood for. The best part about breakfast on the pier at Karel’s is location, location, location. The pier is located on the West coast of Bonaire – so you won’t get the sunrise at breakfast time but you also aren’t in the sun’s direct rays/heat. (Come back at happy hour for that!)

When you come to the Caribbean it might just be for a few days and that during those few days your eyes are required to soak up some deep blue and turquoise. Personally that’s an important part of my Bonaire holiday. I can get dark water anywhere. I can get turquoise water here! Bonaire’s entire coast has a turquoise ring around it so you’ll get to take in a lot of blue during your stay. If you’re on the water at a restaurant like Karel’s you can’t miss the turquoise – but even being across the street detracts from your ability to soak up quite as many Caribbean colors. Added bonus – you can get up close and personal with the fish if you have a waterfront table at Karel’s.

Some of the best restaurants on Bonaire, although close,  are not directly on the water (At Sea, Capriccio, Mona Lisa, La Cantina, It Rains Fishes, Cuba Compagnie…) So if you want that “on the water”  view – you may have to give up a little in terms of quality being slightly lower and price being slightly higher – but the view might just be worth it.

That’s about how I’d sum up Karel’s Cappuccino Bar.  The service is friendly, the food is OK, the coffee is fine but it would be basically impossible to beat the view. So, yes, I like the Illy coffee over at Luciano more and I like the cappuccino at Gio’s even better, but I am going to go to Karel’s now and again because there’s no other place where my eyes can soak up this much turquoise while I’m drinking my coffee.

Karel’s has sunset views and great prices on drinks at happy hour. The water doesn’t look as turquoise at sunset though – and in the mornings it’s quiet – so that’s my favorite time to go to Karel’s.

A list of restaurants with unobstructed view (no street in-between) is as follows:

Sebasticans

Karels

Ingridients

Blennies

Spice Beach

Captain Don’s Habitat

Divi Flamingo resort restaurant

Jibe City Hang Out Bar

Bonaire Windsurf Place

Sorobon Beach Resort

The list is pretty short. Of those we highly recommend Ingridients and Spice Beach for dinners and any of the restaurants on Lac Bay for lunch.

Cappuccino with a view

Cappuccino with a view

The competition is intense (at least in my mind…) between ice cream at Gio’s and ice cream at the newest gelateria on the block, Coffee Company Luciano. Luciano’s, (as the locals call it) located on the waterfront in downtown Kralendijk, opened it’s doors in June 2016. Luciano’s offers coffee drinks, gelato, bagel sandwiches, salads, other light lunch items as well as all sorts of fresh juices, cocktails made with locally grown mint, beer and wine. The locale fills the much needed niche of somewhere a little bit upscale to meet up with friends and stay awhile. We recommend it for cappuccino with a view!

This is also a great spot to bring your computer and get some work done. Free wi-fi, comfortable chairs, air-conditioning and great lighting and view make it your own personal internet cafe or meeting spot.

You may take it for granted with all the coffee shops back home (wherever you come from!) but until Luciano’s opened there was nothing like it on Bonaire. Luciano’s has one huge advantage too: It’s right on the water and the view even from inside, is magnificent.

Step inside Luciano’s to find a soothing respite from the heat. The spacious, elegant and wonderfully air-conditioned interior lures you in and keeps you from getting up and leaving. A wonderful place to get out of the heat and enjoy conversation and company of friends. And even from indoors you get to enjoy the turquoise water.

Coffee Company Luciano is located on a big, triangular piece of real estate in a location on the island that had mysteriously remained vacant ever since the old thatched hut restaurant “Salsa” closed it’s doors quite a few years ago. A large apartment complex with a museum and shops on the ground floor was put up in place of Salsa and also opened it’s doors around the same time. Coffee Company Luciano is in one of the shops attached to the apartment complex. The location is about as central and with as stunning a view as could be hoped for in downtown Kralendijk.  The entire look, including Luciano  brings a more modern and sleek vibe than the island has ever seen before.

Luciano has a variety of seating options. Indoor, outdoor – on colorful plastic stools or in comfortable, elegant dining chairs. So many choices; frappuccino, cappuccino, fresh juice, wine, ice cream, indoors, outdoors, casual, elegant… Maybe you’ll have to come back a few times to try a little of everything!

Italian Illy brand coffee is used to prepare all coffee drinks. I don’t know if it’s the best cappuccino on Bonaire but it’s the best cappuccino with a view that I’ve found so far.

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