Monday, January 24, 2022

Food & Drinks in Suriname

South AmericaSurinameFood & Drinks in Suriname

Read next

Food in Suriname

Because of the ethnic diversity, a wide range of unusual foods are accessible. Indian (especially roti with chicken), Chinese, Javanese (Indonesian), and Creole cuisines are available.


Although the term “Indonesian cuisine” may seem to be accurate, the Indonesians in Suriname are mainly, if not entirely, from the island of Java. And Java has its own cuisine that is different from the rest of Indonesian cuisine. Furthermore, the cuisine has developed to reflect Surinamese culture and is therefore distinct from food found in Java. Nonetheless, it tastes delicious and you should try it. The most popular locations to get such cuisine are in ‘warungs’ in Lelydorp on the route from the airport to Paramaribo, or in Blauwgrond in Paramaribo, and, more recently, beside the bridge in Commewijne. Every warung serves bami (noodles) and nasi (fried rice). It’s served with either hot chicken or satay with peanut sauce. Baka bana (fried banana) and petjil are vegetarian meals (vegetables with peanut sauce). Telo is fried cassava served with salt fish. Soato, a stock with strips of chicken, bean sprouts, egg, and sliced peppers, is popular among Javanese people.


Suriname’s Chinese cuisine is delicious. Paramaribo has a number of excellent eateries. Visit the Chinese market on Sundays, as well as several of the dim sum eateries.


East Indian cuisine is less spicy than traditional Indian food, yet it is still a popular dinner. Roti, masala-seasoned pancakes stuffed with chicken, potato, and kouseband (long beans), is a popular dish. Bara is a fried cake of beans, similar to a doughnut, that is oozing with grease.


Suriname has a lot of this kind of cuisine, including dishes like cassava soup, pom (an oven dish with milled tajer-tuber and salt pork), pastei (an oven dish in puff pastry with brownbeans), and peanut soup with tom tom (dumplings of cooked bananas).


International cuisines are offered at Paramaribo’s more costly downtown restaurants and hotels.

Drinks in Suriname

Suriname would not be the tropical paradise that it is today if it did not have a broad range of delicious fruit juices. Even the well-known orange juice is delicious, but don’t be afraid to try wonderful tropical fruits like passion fruit (known locally as’markoesa’) or soursap, also known as Guanábana (known locally as ‘zuurzak’). Sugar is added to most juices sold in bottles because the natives have a sweet tooth. It is preferable to request freshly produced juice for pure juice.

In the city, you can also buy shaved ice in various flavors from local sellers, which is extremely refreshing in the tropical heat.

Dawet, a pink (and sometimes green) drink made from coconut milk, is popular among the Javanese.

If you have the opportunity, ask a native ‘east-Indian’ to make you a glass of lassi.


Try the native ‘Parbo-beer,’ also known as a ‘djogo’ when sold in one-liter bottles. Suriname finally received Parbo beer in a can in 2008, which was a big occasion in the nation. Guinness is a popular import beer, therefore Parbo also makes a very good own stout variant: Parbo Stout, as well as its own rums: Borgoe and Black Cat. Naturally, foreign beers, whiskeys, and rums are accessible.

How To Travel To Suriname

By planeJohan Adolf Pengel International Airport(IATA:PBM) It is 45 kilometers south of Paramaribo and was formerly known as Zanderij International Airport.The daily KLM flight departs from Amsterdam. Surinam Airways also has flights from Amsterdam to other Caribbean locations.Airline service is provided from the United States through Surinam Airways and...

How To Travel Around Suriname

Because there are few visitors in Suriname and the countryside is difficult to access, travel costs are greater than you would anticipate. Tourist attractions may be more costly than in Europe or the US. This is anticipated to change in the near future, since there is an annual rise...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Suriname

If you wish to visit Suriname and are not a citizen of one of the countries listed below, you must verify that your visa paperwork is in order. If you need a visa, please contact one of the Suriname Consulates listed under Contact. Visas are not required for citizens...

Destinations in Suriname

Regions in SurinameParamariboThe capital city of Paramaribo and its immediate surrounds, which are home to over half of the country's population, are as busy as it gets. It boasts a lovely historic center and several cafés and restaurants that appeal to any traveller's needs. It is included on UNESCO's...

Accommodation & Hotels in Suriname

In Paramaribo and Nickerie, there are many excellent hostels and guesthouses. It is advisable to get a hammock in Paramaribo before venturing into the jungle. Some forest guest rooms offer hammocks, although they are less sanitary since washing machines are few in the jungle. When venturing into the forest,...

Things To See in Suriname

Suriname's extensive natural areas and the variety of flora and wildlife in them are the country's primary tourist draw, with almost a third of the country designated as national reserves. Visit the beaches of Galibi and Albina to watch the spectacular breeding process of huge Leatherback sea turtles, or...

Money & Shopping in Suriname

Accommodation and meals are reasonably priced. Retail costs for clothes, gifts, and other items are comparable to those in the United States.The following items are highly worth purchasing:Handcrafted jewelleryhandcrafted woodcarvingsartTropical flowersPerfumesMoneyThe Suriname dollar is the native currency, and it is denoted by the symbol SRD (which is also the...

Festivals & Holidays in Suriname

Holidays1 January - New Year's Day25 February - Revolution Day1 May - Workers' Day5 June - Indian Arrival Day1 July - Keti-koti (Sranantongo creole for "the chains are cut"). This day is also known as (Prisiri) Maspasi, meaning "Emancipation (Festival)".9 August - Day of Amerindians and Javanese Arrival Day10 October...

Language & Phrasebook in Suriname

Suriname's official language is Dutch. English is commonly understood.The Dutch repressed the creole language Sranang Tongo for many years, but it is today the most commonly spoken language in Suriname. It is the native language of the majority of Surinamese people and is utilized as a lingua franca amongst...

History Of Suriname

Suriname was settled by Dutch from the Dutch province of Zeeland in the 17th century, although periods of British rule lasted until 1816. The colony was mostly utilized for sugar, coffee, and cocoa plantations, where many African slaves were worked to death.Slavery was abolished in 1863, and contract laborers...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Suriname

Stay Safe in SurinameIf you are worried about your safety, avoid going out at night alone. When feasible, ride your bike. Avoid the Palm Garden at night in Paramaribo since it is a well-known crime hotspot where considerable drug trafficking occurs. Because the police force is limited in size, it...



South America


North America

Most Popular