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El Conde

One of the capital’s most traditional shopping districts is Calle El Conde, or simply “El Conde”, this pedestrian-only strip near the Zona Colonial has a string of apparel and shoe stores, electronic equipment shops, convenience stores and supermarkets, and fast food joints.  Unfortunately, because this strip has been around for decades, the area comes across […]

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Pelicano Beach

“Pelicano Beach” (Hotel Be Live Hamaca, outside the capital) – where Swedish/Italian DJs Alesso and Sebastian Ingrosso (of Swedish House Mafia) appeared earlier this year (along with fellow Electro House DJ Avicii); as well as other concert-like events, such as French DJ Bob Sinclar, and U.S. pop duo LMFAO at the Hotel Jaragua.  Such events […]

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Guacará Taina

  Guacará Taina (Av. de la Salud, Parque Mirador Sur) – Another interesting nightspot known for booking House & Trance DJs that has been the only disco in the capital that’s within a cave.

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Praia

  Praia (Av. Gustavo Mejía Ricart 74, Naco) – reputed to be the most popular House & Trance music lounge in the capital (complete with a Miami art gallery-like exterior, and a futuristic interior with Italian lounge furniture and pricey drinks).

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SANTO DOMINGO – NIGHTLIFE

  Like Santiago (the island nation’s second largest city), the capital’s nightlife is divided into the tastes of the popular classes – that is, Merengue, Bachata and Reggaeton (favored among Spanish-speakers of various age groups) versus the international House music movement (English-language intensive, and favored among younger music fans, especially those from the middle and […]

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Pat’e Palo

  Pat’e Palo (Calle La Atarazana 25, Zona Colonial) – For those who want to soak in the capital’s Spanish colonial atmosphere, there is the European brasserie Pat’e Palo, which is reputed to be the oldest existing tavern since the 1500s.  This restaurant, named after Dutch buccaneer Peg-Leg (Pata e Palo), faces the Alcázar de […]

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El Mesón de la Cava

El Mesón de la Cava (Av. Mirador del Sur #1, Mirador Sur) – serves a variety of national and international dishes, is often chosen by patrons for its uniqueness – located by a park at an elevated part of the city.  The restaurant is found within a cavern that has an outdoor area (offering a […]

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Felini Ristorante

Felini Ristorante (Av. Roberto Pastoriza 504, esq. Evaristo Morales) –  Named alter the Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, this cozy restaurant serves entrees such as Portobello Mushrooms (marinated in thyme and Caciotta cheese), whitefish marinated in olive oil, as well as various pasta dishes.

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Scherezade

  Scherezade (Av. Roberto Pastoriza 226) – Its Arabian castle exterior virtually gives away which side of the Mediterranean its cuisine focuses on:  Lebanese cuisine (a legacy of the Lebanese and other Middle Eastern immigrants who relocated to the Dominican Republic during the early 20th century).  With scents like saffron and cinnamon emanating from this […]

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Mitre

  Mitre (Av. Abraham Lincoln esq. Calle Gustavo Mejia Ricart) – a more sophisticated newer generation restaurant located within the Naco commercial district in the western part of the capital.  This restaurant appeals to college students and local yuppies.  Dining options include Carpaccio of Carite (a Caribbean whitefish); salmon steak teriyaki; braised Chilean sea bass […]