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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“Ciudad Colonial is the historic central neighborhood of Santo Domingo and the oldest permanent European settlement of the Americas. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also known as Zona Colonial or more colloquially as "La Zona".”
  • 130 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Restaurant
“The bar is lit, and the ambiance will help you relax and enjoy your day in the oldest city in the new world. Price is higher than usual, but once you are in the place, you forget everything. $$$$$”
  • 27 locals recommend
Park
“Cafes with patios look out on this historic plaza that hosts art shows, concerts & other events.”
  • 24 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Church
“Built between 1510 and 1540, the first cathedral of the Americas—known as Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Encarcación o Anunciación, Primada de América—continues to stand tall in all of its glory over the heart of the Colonial City. The 500-year-old Gothic-style building continues to serve as the most important site for official ceremonies, and religious celebrations. Touring the interior reveals the cathedral’s ornate Gothic ceiling, colonial period oil paintings, sacred chapel rooms, as well as an area with gravestones containing the remains of archbishops. The remains of Christopher Columbus were found here in the 19th century.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“A towering and cavernous restaurant brimming with Dominican style, Jalao is over-the-top theme park touristy but attracts local crowds, too. The walls and ceiling are decked out in traditional kites, decorative crosses and reclaimed wood from country homes, and live bachata (guitar-based bolero rhythms) and merengue bands play regularly, try the goat confit or the crab stew.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Class it up at Lulú, a stylish Zona Colonial tapas bar that lures a fabulous after-work crowd looking to unwind over cigars and cocktails and nibble on small plates of octopus carpaccio and sautéed Peruvian-style lamb. Best not to go famished as the price to fill up is steep, but the atmosphere, with its towering arches, grand courtyards and charming koi pond, is unmatched in the city.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Nature
“Parque Colon is the central Square of the Ciudad Colonial historic district of Santo Domingo. In it’s center stands a statue of Christopher Columbus, on whose honor the square was renamed in 1887. Previously the square was known as Plaza Mayor”
  • 18 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Neighbourhood
“Ciudad Colonial (Spanish for "Colonial City") is the historic central neighborhood of Santo Domingo and the oldest permanent European settlement of the Americas. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is also known as Zona Colonial (Colonial Zone) or more colloquially as "La Zona" (The Zone) . It is an important section of the city due to the high number of landmarks, including Alcázar de Colón, Fortaleza Ozama, Catedral de Santa María la Menor, and others.”
  • 25 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Plaza
“You can walk the 16th century colonial landmarks and see the first of everything: first streets, cathedral, alleys, colonial patios. There is romance everywhere. If you do not want to walk, there is a train ride through the old town. Cathedral Square and the Atarazana area have outdoor cafe restaurants. Nice shops. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Founded in 1974, Casa de Teatro is one of Santo Domingo’s and the DR’s most respected cultural centers. This historic location hosts regular art and photo exhibits in its entrance lobby, as well as movies and live music evenings at its on-site café bar. Theater plays and formal concerts are hosted in the amphitheater. It’s a favorite hub of creatives, from poets to writers and actors. An annual jazz festival also takes place at Casa de Teatro every summer, featuring renowned Dominican and international jazz artists every Thursday evening during the months of June and July.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Museo de las Casas Reales is one of the important cultural monuments built during the colonial era in Hispaniola, now the Dominican Republic. It is located in the Colonial district of Santo Domingo.”
  • 13 locals recommend
History Museum
“A great museum to learn about the history of our colonizers. It's also very close to a lot of restaurants that open after noon.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Worth a visit! The main tower is in good conditions and you can have a nice view of the bay and a glimpse of what the Spanish colonization look like. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Restaurant
“One of the city's more spectacular dining rooms, with light streaming through the greenhouse-like ceiling several stories above and a flowering vine-covered vertical garden, not to mention a waterfall! The quality of the service and food is no less impressive: dishes like seared raw tuna, goat risotto, sweet plantain ravioli and the 40oz (1kg) Tomahawk steak (RD$3800) will satisfy several hungry eaters.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
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“Onno's Zona Colonial, part of the Onno's Bar/Restaurant chain in the Dominican Republic is a fun place to Eat Dring & Party, with DJs every night (we are open Wednesday to Sunday 5pm til 3am). With an exclusive VIP area, outdoor patio and friendly staff, your visit will be one to remember!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“ Segafredo es un bar-restaurante al aire libre ubicado en la zona colonial a solo minutos de la torre.”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“The bar is lit, and the ambiance will help you relax and enjoy your day in the oldest city in the new world. Price is higher than usual, but once you are in the place, you forget everything. $$$$$”
  • 27 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“A towering and cavernous restaurant brimming with Dominican style, Jalao is over-the-top theme park touristy but attracts local crowds, too. The walls and ceiling are decked out in traditional kites, decorative crosses and reclaimed wood from country homes, and live bachata (guitar-based bolero rhythms) and merengue bands play regularly, try the goat confit or the crab stew.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Class it up at Lulú, a stylish Zona Colonial tapas bar that lures a fabulous after-work crowd looking to unwind over cigars and cocktails and nibble on small plates of octopus carpaccio and sautéed Peruvian-style lamb. Best not to go famished as the price to fill up is steep, but the atmosphere, with its towering arches, grand courtyards and charming koi pond, is unmatched in the city.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the city's more spectacular dining rooms, with light streaming through the greenhouse-like ceiling several stories above and a flowering vine-covered vertical garden, not to mention a waterfall! The quality of the service and food is no less impressive: dishes like seared raw tuna, goat risotto, sweet plantain ravioli and the 40oz (1kg) Tomahawk steak (RD$3800) will satisfy several hungry eaters.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“ Segafredo es un bar-restaurante al aire libre ubicado en la zona colonial a solo minutos de la torre.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Mesón de Bari, on Calle Hostos between Luperón and Salomé Ureña, is a good choice for Dominican cuisine in the Zona Colonial. Set over two floors with exposed wooden beams and an eclectic mix of paintings adorning the walls, the restaurant / bar caters to tourists and locals and the menu is translated into English and French. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Beautifully located in an old Spanish mansion in the Colonial Zone offers both atmosphere and great Mediterranean food! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Go anytime. Great grilled fish and steaks. Great crab meat cooked Caribbean style- not spicy. Coldest beer”
  • 8 locals recommend

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