This tip about El Conde could also be a shopping tip, because El Conde is one of the oldest streets in Santo Domingo - and still among the city's most popular commercial centers.
El Conde is a pedestrian street and is home to a variety of stores that include clothing and textile shops, shoe stores, restaurants and cafes, gift shops and jewellery stores. I will compare El Conde with ‘Strøget’ in Copenhagen…
The name ‘El Conde’ honours the Conde (Count) of Peñalba who defeated the English in the 17th century.
Calle El Conde is a pedestrian street starting on Parque Colón and goes all the way until El Conde gate. This street is full of shops, places to eat, internet cafés, street booths that sell souvenirs, CD's, fruit, etc.
If you buy souvenirs from the street vendors, be aware that their prices are higher than the ones at the souvenir shops.
In all of the shops (with the exception of the jewelries) and booths it's OK to haggle, especially if you're buying a lot of articles.
El Conde is the pedestrian centre of Santo Domingo - not in a historical sense, but in a modern, commercial sense. This is the street where everyone comes to Promenade and it is packed with shops, cafés and restaurants, some of which are cheap fast food joints while others are authentic, local places that have a good reputation for a reason. The Conde is also lined with street vendors selling toys, paintings, split coconuts, CDs, DVDs and empanadas - comes here if you want anything cheap and quick. The street is also done up with displays for major holidays, like the one below, done for Christmas.
A pedestrian street, close to the Zona Colonial. Very well known shopping place; with lots of shops, restaurants, cafes, etc.
Even in its origins the area was not meant for tourists but for the locals, I'm afraid it's becoming more and more a tourist trap (I doubted on putting this tip on the "tourist traps" category). In any case, you may have some chances of getting some good deals, and it's a pleasant walk. Anyway, I would recommend you to walk a little further away to see the "really authentic" local streets.
El Conde in Santo Domingo is the place to stroll amongst a variety of stores, shop for that local gift, sit and enjoy a delicious lunch or just watch everyone else doing what they do. banks, shops, restaurants, you'll find everything here for the tourist.
This is the famous Calle Del Conde, it's a very well known shopping strip in the capital, close to the Colonial Zone, and many other tourists attractions, this shopping strip is not meant for tourists but for the locals, so you have a very good chance of getting some good deals on an extended selection of items.
The main street of the old city center is called El Conde, and it is completely pedestrianized. There are ATMs here, restaurants, stores. My hotel (Mercure) was also here.