A Feeling of Spring in Suriname

It’s the time of the year again when the Greenheart trees in Suriname turn to yellow and shower their petals on the ground, making it a bed of flowers. This happens usually around August to November, a sign that the dry season has come.

It gives me the feeling of Spring in Suriname which is a tropical country. We have two Greenheart trees inside the hospital, so when I saw that it’s the time of the year again, I captured the moment.

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SAMBA CAFÉ

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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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RIET PETITE

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AMENITIES:

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

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


LOCATION: Hoek Bindastraat 69, Paramaribo, Suriname
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Thursday, 7:00 am to 12:00 am; Friday and Saturday, 7:00 am to 2:00 am; Sunday, 4:00 pm to 12:00 am
CONTACT NO: +597 530490

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The Coffee Box

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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 artifacts and exhibit halls that will take you back in time. This is the best place to learn and discover the fascinating history of Suriname, though most of its articles are written in Dutch. Google translate will come in handy or you can bring someone who knows how to speak the language.

Well-kept brick building

On the first floor, you can find information about the Creoles, Maroons, Indians, Javanese, Hindus and Chinese and how they became a part of Suriname. There are several written articles and preserved artifacts that represent the various cultures and religions in the country.

An old but well-maintained apothecary is found on the ground floor which displays instruments and equipment used from centuries ago including a wooden wheelchair.

It became a controversial site in 1982 where 15 men were tortured and shot due to an attempted coup. The dark and tainted event was known as the December murders. A plaque was placed in the area to honor the memory of those who were killed.

ENTRANCE FEE
There is an entrance fee of 20 SRD or 2.50 US. You can explore the museum yourself or join their free tour every Sunday at 10:30 am and 12:00 noon. You don’t need to register, but you have to be there 15 minutes before the tour starts. You can also find a souvenir shop inside and a restaurant overlooking the Suriname river.

Bastion 2 Middelburg

Souvenir shop

Exploring the fortress will take less than an hour. We went inside all the rooms and took lots of photos, but there is one area that doesn’t allow pictures and videos because it contains some really precious artifacts.

Tools to make shoes

The colonial fortress is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. For expats and tourists, this is a great place to learn about Suriname because the museum is full of information not found on the internet.


LOCATION: Abraham Crijnssenweg 1, Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo
OPENING HOURS: Tuesday to Friday, 09:00 am to 2:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Closed on Mondays, Saturdays and Holidays
TEL NO: +597 425 871

Source: Stichting Surinaams Museum

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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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Yong Hua Chinese Restaurant

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AMENITIES:

  • Limited lot parking
  • Takeaways
  • Reservation
  • Good for groups
  • Good for kids
  • Waiter service

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


LOCATION: J. D. Gomperstraat 136, Paramaribo, Suriname (beside Best Mart)

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Redi Doti

Redi Doti is a native Indian village located to the southeast of Paramaribo which takes an hour and a half drive from the city. It’s called Redi (Red) Doti (Earth/Sand) because of its typical red-colored ground.

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