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Top Choice Museum in Philipsburg

That Yoda Guy Museum

Run by Nick Malley, who helped create Yoda of Star Wars fame, this 1st-floor museum starts with a short film about the creator and his work on Star Wars. It then winds though an exhibit of movie memorabilia includin…
Top Choice French in Philipsburg

L'Escargot

An enchanting traditional Creole cottage painted a rainbow of vivid colors, this charmer is even more inviting inside with sepia lighting, embroidered tablecloths and Édith Piaf recordings playing in the background.…
Seafood in Philipsburg

Ocean Lounge Restaurant & Bar

With a breezy terrace opening onto the seafront, the restaurant and bar at the Holland House Beach Hotel is a popular place for a sunset beverage or all-out meal of fish, gourmet burgers (including a lobster surf-an…
Museum in Philipsburg

Sint Maarten Museum

Arawak pottery shards, plantation-era artifacts, period photos and a few items from HMS Proselyte, the frigate that sank off Fort Amsterdam in 1801, are among the displays at this island history museum, along with e…
Food & Drinks in Philipsburg

Amsterdam Cheese & Liquor Store

Free samples of Dutch cheeses including Gouda, Old Amsterdam, Edam and Maaslander are on offer at this emporium, which sells cheeses in varying sizes (vacuum packed on request) alongside jenever (Dutch gin), spicy s…
Drinks in Philipsburg

Guavaberry Emporium

Located inside an original Dutch West Indies town house built in the late 1700s, this emporium produces the official liqueur of St-Martin/Sint Maarten. It's made from rum, cane sugar and wild guavaberries from the i…
Bar in Philipsburg

Blue Bitch Bar

Above Taloula Mango's, this boisterous spot has the best views of the Boardwalk's bars. Cocktails include Ruff Sex on the Beach (vodka, Malibu, Midori, lime and peach juice and lemonade) and Sunburn (tequila, Triple…
Zoo in Philipsburg

Sint Maarten Park

The largest zoo in the Caribbean, Sint Maarten Park features over 300 mammals, birds and invertebrates. Local species include red-footed tortoises, green iguanas and Anguilla Bank lizards; from further afield you ca…
Brasserie in Philipsburg

Greenhouse

A favorite with cruise-ship passengers, this Philipsburg landmark has specials including all-you-can-eat ribs on Monday and Thursday nights, and barbecue lobster nights on Tuesday and Friday. At other times, it serv…
Brasserie in Philipsburg

Taloula Mango’s

One of the busiest beachside eateries, Taloula Mango's is a hit with cruise-ship passengers for its burgers and grills such as baby back ribs, barbecued jerk chicken, sirloin steak and grilled mahi mahi. Upstairs is…