A day at the Paramaribo Zoo

In my almost three years in Suriname, I was finally able to set foot in the Paramaribo Zoo which is only a few minutes away from my house. My place is near the center, so it will take a 5-minute taxi ride and a 7 SRD (1 US) fare.

The Paramaribo Zoo was officially opened in 1972 and was founded by Prime Minister Johan Adolf Pengel in 1966. It was recently renovated and you can see newly built pathways and beautiful landscapes. There are on-going constructions in some areas, but you can just roam around.

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Reliving history at Fort Nieuw Amsterdam

Fort Nieuw Amsterdam is located at the junction of the Suriname river and the Commewijne river. It was supposed to be a barricade to protect the crops from the river between 1734 to 1747. The materials used to construct the fort were supplied by the Netherlands and built by the slaves.

It was also a former sugar cane plantation. In the second world war, the Americans and the Dutch armies helped defend Suriname from the Germans. The Germans were interested in the supply of aluminum from Suriname.

Suriname maintained the fort and made it an outdoor museum for people to learn about the colonial and slavery period.

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SAMBA CAFÉ

REVIEW

AMENITIES:

  • Lot parking
  • Reservations
  • Good for groups
  • Accepts debit card
  • Waiter service
  • Takeaways

FOOD: 3/5
SERVICE: 3/5
AMBIENCE: 4/5


LOCATION: Anamoestraat 72, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
CONTACT NO: +597 878-1113

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CIRANO’S

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AMENITIES:

  • Lot parking
  • Reservations
  • Good for group
  • Accepts debit card
  • Waiter Service

FOOD: 4/5
SERVICE: 4/5
AMBIENCE: 5/5


LOCATION: Commissarisroblesweg No. 10, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Saturday, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
CONTACT NO: +597 453788

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The Coffee Box

REVIEW

AMENITIES:

  • Lot parking and street parking
  • Takeaways
  • Reservations
  • Good for groups
  • Good for kids
  • Outdoor seats
  • Accepts debit card
  • Waiter service

FOOD: 4/5
SERVICE: 5/5
AMBIENCE: 4/5


LOCATION: Lalla Rookh Weg 22a, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 11:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:00 am; Sunday, 9:00 am to 11:00 pm

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Fort Zeelandia: Surinaams Museum

Another interesting place in Paramaribo is Fort Zeelandia, a star-shaped fortress used by the British and Dutch armies when they arrived in Suriname.

Located inside the fort is the Suriname Museum (Surinaams Museum) which houses a collection of cultural artifa

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Squeezy Hotpot

REVIEW

AMENITIES:

  • Lot parking
  • Takeaways
  • Reservations
  • Accepts debit card
  • Good for groups
  • Good for kids
  • Waiter service

FOOD: 4/5
SERVICE: 4/5
AMBIENCE: 3/5


LOCATION: Plutostraat No. 62, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday, 11:00 am to 11:59 pm
CONTACT NO: +597 551777 / 8527588

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Zus & Zo

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AMENITIES:

  • Street parking
  • Takeaways
  • Outdoor seats
  • Guesthouse
  • Tours
  • Arts and gifts
  • Events
  • Good for groups
  • Good for kids
  • Accepts debit card and international card
  • Reservations
  • Waiter service
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking area

FOOD: 3/5
SERVICE: 3/5
AMBIENCE: 3/5


LOCATION: Grote Combeweg 13 A, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday, 8:00 am to 11:00 pm
CONTACT NO: +597 520904

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The Sweetest Thing

REVIEW

AMENITIES:

  • Limited lot parking.
  • Takeaways
  • Reservations
  • Good for groups
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor seats

FOOD: 4/5
SERVICE: 3/5
AMBIENCE: 5/5


LOCATION: Johan Adolf Pengelstraat hk. Verlengde Hoogestraat, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING TIME: Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 am to 06:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am to 04:00 pm
CONTACT NO: +597 883-4483

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