Basilica in Paramaribo

Saint Peter & Paul Cathedral-Basilica

Commonly called 'the Cathedral,' this gorgeously restored building was designated a Minor Basilica by Pope Francis in 2014. It's said to be the largest wooden structure in the western hemisphere and is worth a...

Fort in Paramaribo

Fort Zeelandia

Fort Zeelandia

Inside well-restored Fort Zeelandia, a star-shaped, 18th-century fort built on the site where the first colonists alighted, is the worthwhile Stichting Surinaams Museum, as well as the Baka Foto restaurant.

Square in Paramaribo



Surrounding the centrally located Onafhankelijkheidsplein (Independence Square) are the contrasting stately 18th-century Presidential Palace – open to the public November 25 only – and aging colonial government...

Market in Paramaribo

Central Market

The frenzied and fascinating central market is divided into distinct areas: the meat, fish, fruit and vegetable sections on the lower floor and a less photogenic clothing area on the upper. The 'Witch's Market'...

Museum in Paramaribo

Stichting Surinaams Museum

Inside the beautifully restored Fort Zeelandia, a pentagonal 17th-century fort built on the riverbank where the first colonists alighted, is the Stichting Surinaams Museum, which features colonial-era relics,...

Synagogue in Paramaribo

Neveh Shalom Synagogue

The expansive Dutch Israeli synagogue, which famously sits side by side with the Caribbean's largest mosque on Keizerstraat, dates from 1716, when it was founded by the Sephardic Jews. The current structure was...

Gallery in Paramaribo

ReadyTex Art Gallery

Step off the chaotic streets and enter these five glorious floors of colorful local sculpture and paintings, all of which are for sale. Also check out the ReadyTex craft and souvenir shop just around the corner.

Area in Paramaribo


This laid-back residential area about 10 minutes by taxi from downtown Paramaribo has dozens of tasty and cheap Javanese cafes to choose from and is a great place to come for a cheap and delicious evening meal,...

Notable Building in Paramaribo

Presidential Palace

Official residence of the President of Suriname, this fine white colonial house was originally built in 1730. It opens to the public on Suriname's Independence Day (November 25) each year, and otherwise can only...

Distillery in Paramaribo

Het Surinaamsch Rumhuis

Tours here begin with a 'happy shot,' then it's through the distillery, rum museum and tasting room, where you will learn to sample each variety like a pro. Finish with cocktails on the patio. Shorter tours skip...

Temple in Paramaribo

Hindu Temple

This is the biggest of the many Hindu temples in Paramaribo, and is a beautifully ornate structure both inside and out. Visitors are welcome.

Gardens in Paramaribo


The Palmentuin is a shady haven of tall royal palms, home to some tropical birds and a troop of capuchin monkeys.