The 5 Best Markets in Santo Domingo

Andrea Henthorn

Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic, and is one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean. Whether you’re searching for food, art or clothes, a stroll through the markets of Santo Domingo is a must. The Culture Trip highlights our favourite destinations.

1. Mercado Modelo


Mercado Modelo

The largest market in the city, Santo Domingo’s Mercado Modelo is the model example of a Caribbean craft market. With countless vendors selling everything from jewellery to liquor and Cuban cigars, this market serves well as a one-stop shop for souvenirs from Santo Domingo. Keep an eye out for special items such as amber necklaces, bracelets and Haitian landscape art.
Opening hours: N/A
Watch out for: handmade Dominican and Haitian finds in the largest Santo Domingo flea market
Address: Av. Mella, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Mercado Modelo ©Tiago Celestino/Flickr

Mercado Modelo ©Tiago Celestino/Flickr

2. Merca Santo Domingo

Merca Santo Domingo

Merca Santo Domingo offers a great opportunity to explore the wide range of fresh produce that this region of the Dominican Republic has to offer. Guests can buy anything, from juicy bananas and colorful pineapples, to fresh bell peppers in vibrant reds, greens and yellows. An abundance of grain is also available, along with fresh meat and poultry. If you’re interested in trying your hand at Dominican cooking, this is the place to get fresh, authentic ingredients to prepare traditional meals.
Opening hours: 6am-6pm Daily
Watch out for: fresh produce, meat, and grain, good for use in Dominican cooking
Address: Autopista Duarte, La Guayiga, Dominican Republic, 829 541-6464

Merca Santo Domingo ©PresidenciaRD/Flickr

Merca Santo Domingo ©PresidenciaRD/Flickr

3. Avenida Duarte Chinese Farmer’s Markets


Avenida Duarte Chinese Farmer’s Markets

Avenida Duarte is home to the Chinese barrio, or neighborhood, in Santo Domingo. Effectively a little Chinatown in the middle of Santo Domingo, one of only three in the Caribbean, the various markets and stands on Avenida Duarte give patrons the opportunity to buy authentic Chinese food and commodities. Guests can explore a diverse range of companies including restaurants, jewelry stores and even travel agencies, and the market is set under the iconic Chinese arches which prettily border the city.
Opening hours: N/A
Watch out for: explore one of three Chinatowns in the Caribbean through food and shopping
Address: Barrio Chino, Avenida Duarte, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Avenida Duarte ©Harry Pujols/Flickr

Avenida Duarte ©Harry Pujols/Flickr

5. Pulga de Antigüedades


Pulga de Antigüedades

Pulga de Antigüedades is a flea market held on Sundays, set in a small plaza one block north of Parque Colón. If you’re looking for a friendly setting in which to search for some antiques and other handcrafted goods, this is the place to be. Art, items for the home, clothes and even books can be purchased here from a variety of vendors. Be sure to try some of the hot food sold by street vendors almost as soon as you walk in, including tasty meat skewers and chicharrón.
Opening hours: held Sundays
Watch out for: antique and handmade goods
Address: held in a plaza one block north of Parque Colón

Antiques ©Paloma Baytelman/Flickr

Antiques ©Paloma Baytelman/Flickr

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