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Top Choice Spanish in Santo Domingo

Pat’e Palo

The most happening and deservedly longest surviving of Plaza España’s restaurant row, Pat’e Palo is for anyone tired of the same old bland pasta and chicken. Large, both physically and in terms of its selection, the…
Top Choice Cinema in Santo Domingo

Colonial Gate 4D Cinema

Tucked away in the deep southeastern corner of the Zona Colonial, this hidden treasure is the country's first '4D' movie theater. The first three dimensions are what you'd expect, but fourth brings in the elements –…
Top Choice Church in Santo Domingo

Catedral Primada de América

The first stone of this cathedral, the oldest standing in the Western hemisphere, was set in 1514 by Diego Columbus, son of the great explorer (the ashes of father and son supposedly once resided in the chapel's cry…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Santo Domingo

La Alpargatería

At the entrance, guests step into a shoe shop where artisans craft espadrilles (light canvas shoes people started making in the Pyrenees in the 14th century). Continuing to the back, though, the store opens into a t…
Top Choice Japanese in Santo Domingo

Samurai

One of the best Japanese restaurants in the city, with yakinuku-style tables (grill the meat and seafood at your table), a sushi bar and a large dining room. The outdoor area was recently revamped and is exceedingly…
Spectator Sport in Santo Domingo

Estadio Quisqueya

One of the best places to experience Dominican baseball is at the home field of two of the DR’s six professional teams, Licey and Escogido. You can get tickets to most games by arriving shortly before the first inni…
Museum in Santo Domingo

Museo Alcázar de Colón

Designed in the Gothic-Mudéjar transitional style, this was the early-16th-century residence of Columbus’ son, Diego, and his wife, Doña María de Toledo. The magnificent edifice underwent three historically authenti…
Tapas in Santo Domingo

Lulú Tasting Bar

Class it up at Lulú, the most recent concept from the same team that brought Santo Domingo Pat'e Palo (the city's best restaurant) and Jalao (its most ostentatiously Dominican). This Zona Colonial tapas bar lures a …
Craft Beer in Santo Domingo

Cultura Cervecera

A place of refuge for hopheads both Dominican and foreign, this is the country's best bet – so far – to escape the Presidente stranglehold on beer geeks. Nearly 150 craft beers by the bottle along with six taps, oft…
Park in Santo Domingo

Parque Mirador del Sur

A long tree-filled corridor atop an enormous limestone ridge, this park is riddled with caves, some as big as airplane hangars. One of the caves has been converted into a restaurant, and the park’s seemingly endless…