map
Map &
Directions
access_time
Hours
mode_edit
Been here?
Rate it
chevron_left
 
chevron_right

Top Tours

 
Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana
"You will be picked up at your Punta Can hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned van mini bus or bus (depending on the group size). You will be greeted by an experienced professional guide who will be your personal guide from the day's start to finish.The first stop in the capital will be at the Three Eyes National Park with underground caves and lagoons used by the Taino Indians (the Dominican Republic's origina built in 1992 on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' landing in the New World. Then you will be off to the oldest streets of the Western Hemisphere in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone a 16-square block neighborhood oozing with Dominican history and culture.Your first peek at the Colonial Zone comes at the Columbus Palace. Completed in 1514 it was the home of Christopher Columbus's son
From $113.00
 
Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta Cana
"You will be picked up at your Punta Can hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned van mini bus or bus (depending on the group size). You will be greeted by an experienced professional who will be your personal guide from the day's start to finish.The first stop in the capital will be at the Three Eyes National Park with undergroun the Dominican Republic's original inhabitants. From there you'll make a quick photo stop at the Columbus Lighthouse built in 1992 on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' landing in the New World. Then you will be off to the oldest streets of the Western Hemisphere in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone a 16-square block neighborhood oozing with Dominican history and culture.Your first peek at the Colonial Zone comes at the Columbus Palace. Completed in 1514
From $113.00
 
Faro a Colón and Parque Los Tres Ojos Tour
"After hotel pickup in Santo Domingo head to Faro a Colón about a 10- to 15-minute drive from the city center in the district of Santo Domingo Este.This 10-story-high lighthouse-style monument to Christopher Columbus is said to house the explorer’s remains although this is disputed by some — learn about this controversial subject and admire the monument’s imposing architecture as you tour the structure which is part mausoleum part museum
From $95.00

Dominican food Tips (6)

Michelangelo Pierna de Chivo al Vino - Stew Goat

Dominicans love stew Goat meat and Michelangelo Restaurant is consider the best places to eat this exotic dish. Goats in some providance are fed oregano plants so the Goat would absorb the oregano during the feeding.

Michelangelo is a International and Seafood Gourmet Restaurant, but 8 years ago they were requested to make this dish for a going away party and the owners which are chefs and head cooks decided to make this dish with a french twist and fine red wine and it's one of the most famous dish on the island.

Michelangelo Restaurant is located on Roberto Pastoriza and Winston Churchill in Piantini in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic this is the web site www.michelangelochef.com. Telephone 809-566-3863 and 829-343-7187

edwardjonathan
Dec 29, 2009

Picapollo (deep fried chicken a la Dominican)

Picapollo is chicken that's covered with flour and then deep fried until the skin is crunchy. This dish can be served with rice, tostones (fried sliced plantain) or French fries and it's a life savior for a lot of people when hunger attacks and they can't wait long. They can be found in any big city, being Pollos Victorina the most famous ones.

Useless trivia: when I was growing up and Pollos Victorina was new, the tostones were very hard and were eaten only if there was no fries or if you *really* had no choice. So hard we used to joke that they could be used as frisbees hehe.

marielexoteria's Profile Photo
marielexoteria
Nov 28, 2007

Some popular desserts (other than cake)

When it comes to desserts, we have a lot to choose from besides the traditional cake with yummy fillings and frosting. Some of these hidden gems in the Dominican cuisine are:

- Conconetes: a conconete is basically a soft biscuit made with brown sugar and grated coconut. This was a simple thing to eat together with cherry or raspberry soda when I was child. They can be found on colmados.

- Dulce de 3 leches: my personal favorite, a cake made of 3 milks (hence the name): evaporated milk, condensed milk and regular (whole) milk. The cake doesn't have butter, which makes it have a consistency sort of like sponge cake but it doesn't get soggy even after being soaked with the 3 milks.

- Arepa: it's a sort of cake made of coconut milk and corn flour. It's normally made in an iron pot on top of hot coal, then it's covered with a metal lid with more hot coal on top.

- Flan: flan is so popular that it used to be sold in cans, ready to eat, being the most common the caramel one. I've also seen, but not as often, coconut flan.

marielexoteria's Profile Photo
marielexoteria
Nov 19, 2007

Picadera (starters)

These starters I'm going to talk about are available pretty much all over the country, but the reason they're on my Santo Domingo page is because it's there where I've found and eaten them the most.

The Dominican traditional starters or buffet food include:

- Pastelitos: they're like small empanadas or savoury pastries. The difference between empanadas and pastelitos is that pastelitos are round and empanadas are in the shape of a half full moon. The filling possibilities are endless: chicken, ham, ground beef, vegetables...

- Quipes: this is a recipe that we borrowed from the Lebanese/Middle Eastern community living in my country. It's basically a meat ball but made of bulgur and filled with chicken or ground beef and then deep fried.

- Croquetas de pollo: or chicken croquettes. They can also be filled with ham and are pretty much like the ones you can find in Madrid.

- Bollitos de yuca: like croquettes, but with yuca "dough" and filled normally with cheese.

These dishes are usually the buffet food of choice for a lot of events because everyone likes them and because cooks can get creative with the choice of filling and spices. They're also sold in supermarkets, raw for you to fry and enjoy, and in some bakeries.

All the photos in this tip are taken from the link below and are temporary until I can take pictures myself.

marielexoteria's Profile Photo
marielexoteria
Nov 19, 2007
 
 
Sponsored Listings

Hotels Near Santo Domingo

Hotels
50A Maximo Gomez Ave, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
Show Prices
Hotels
51 Ave. G. Washington, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1001-101, Caribbean
Show Prices
Hotels
Arzobispo Merino & Emillano Tejera, Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
Show Prices
Hotels
Abraham Nunez St, P.O. Box 1348, Boca Chica Beach, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
Show Prices
Hotels
Calle Danae #62, Gazcue
Show Prices
Hotels
Calle Danae No 35, Gazcue
Show Prices

Dulce de leche a la Dominicana

Dominicans have a sweet tooth. One traditional sweet we like is our version of dulce de leche. The traditional one you could find in South American places is creamy while ours is hard, which is why we call it dulce de leche en pasta (paste like, sort of). Ours come not only "solo" (without filling) but also with fruit fillings such as guava and orange. You can buy this sweet in big supermarkets and paradores (bus rest stops).

marielexoteria's Profile Photo
marielexoteria
Nov 19, 2007

Casabe (cassava bread)

Casabe is a thin, flat bread made of yuca, also known as cassava. Casabe is one of the few things that we inherited from the Taíno people and that we still enjoy to this day. We have several sorts of casabe: natural, with garlic flavor and filled with different kinds of fruit/marmalade. You can find them in big packages or buffet size, roughly the size of a coffee cup. They're eaten mostly by themselves, as a between meals snack but a lot of Dominicans like eating casabe with chicharrón de cerdo (deep fried pork meat).

Yuca is a root and comes in 2 sorts: sweet, which we cook (boil, in empanadas, in arepitas, fried) and eat right away and bitter, which must be processed before consumption and which is the one used to prepare casabe.

marielexoteria's Profile Photo
marielexoteria
Nov 19, 2007

Top 5 Santo Domingo Writers

marielexoteria's Profile Photo

marielexoteria

"My hometown, la Ciudad Primada de América"
View Member
el_ruso's Profile Photo

el_ruso

"City of Happy People"
View Member
Belsaita's Profile Photo

Belsaita

"Welcome to chaos... have fun!!"
View Member
alfredop's Profile Photo

alfredop

"Santo Domingo"
View Member
damaris05's Profile Photo

damaris05

"Santo Domingo"
View Member
 
 

Things to Do Near Santo Domingo

Things to Do

Faro a Colón - Columbus Lighthouse

First the driver took us to the Columbus Lighthouse Monument (Faro a Colon). (Faro is the Spanish for lighthouse). The building was begun in the 1930s and was finished about 1992. The huge building,...
View More

Getting to Santo Domingo

Address

We don't yet have an address for this Local Customs. Help us improve our info!

Hours

We don't yet have hours for this Local Customs. Help us improve our info!

Map