The most important tip I can give you on Palau local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Palau, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.
What to Eat in Palau
Almost everything. Palau has large communities from Taiwan, the Philippines, Korea, Japan and the USA and the local stores have evolved to supply their needs. So Koror offers an amazing range of foodstuffs in its stores, at a price of course. Japanese-inspired Bento lunch boxes are very popular. The Rock Island Cafe in Koror is a great place for a quick bit of American-style food.
It is located a little west of the Court House on Koror Island. Kramer’s – on the wharf at Malakal. A bit hard to find for the first time but food is good and the nightlife always interesting. Bem Ermii is in a small trailer near the courthouse in downtown Koror, and makes great burgers and milkshakes. Carp is a good medium-range option with generous portions and well prepared dishes of Japanese and local flavor, including coconut crab. It’s located adjascent to the Palau Royal hotel next to the dock that takes you to the Carp Island resort.
Several other places of note in Koror are the Taj, an excellent Indian restaurant, Fuji, a reasonably-priced pseudo-Japanese restaurant or Dragon Tai on the way into Koror. Keanos (Formerly Little Italy), Main Street, Koror (Across from Palasia Hotel), ? 488-6637. Keanos has an extensive, tasty menu, primarily Italian cuisine, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The atmosphere is bright, and two entrees and two drinks came to $45. Anathias Cafe, Main Street (Across from Palau High School), ? 488-6491. 7 AM – 11 PM, Closed Sunday.
Anthias Cafe is an inviting bar/restaurant, playing American jazz in both the enclosed downstairs and open air upstairs sections. Large menu with a reasonable bar selection, $5 local draft beers served in chilled glasses. Prices are typical of Palau. Only downside is substantial traffic noise when on the upstairs deck.
What to Drink in Palau
The legal drinking/purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is 21. Red Rooster Beer.Despite its size Palau has a small brewery, to be found next to the West Plaza by the Sea hotel (see below). It offers Amber and Stout and three other beers. Abai Ice in Koror is a small hut that offers fresh fruit smoothies — highly recommended.
Many licensed establishments in Palau — from quiet little bars to “Japanese”-style karaoke bars complete with bar girls. For a decent affordable drink, try Sam’s Dive Shop or High Tide behind Neco dive shop. Alcohol is readily available at most stores. Public drinking is not allowed, and the local police are more than happy to inconvenience you if you are caught. Q-ball club, (koror), ? 4881832. you can play pool and chill out Palm Bay Bistro, Malakal (right behind West Plaza Malakal, south Koror, right before the Ice Box Plant), ? 488-3476. 7AM-9PM. Great steaks and pastas, and it has the best bartender in Koror with a jewel of a collection of signature drinks and coffees. Also serves Red Rooster Draft on tap and is located right next door to the Palau Brewing Company, Palau’s own microbrewery. Brewery tours also available upon request.
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