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Sampling of Santo Domingo Culture, Restaurant and Nightlife

Destination(s): Santo Domingo

Founded by Christopher Columbus's brother Bartolomeo in 1496, Santo Domingo was the first European settlement in the New World. As Spain's primary jumping-off point for regional exploration, the city was a bustling hub of the Caribbean, where life and commerce thrived in the Americas. Today, this buzzing capital offers ample dining, shopping and nightlife opportunities, along with hotel options that range from tiny family-owned guest houses to international hotel chains.
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El Conuco

El Conuco

Pepperoni Café

Pepperoni Café

  • Avenida Winston Churchill esquina Sarasota
  • Plaza Universitaria Mall
  • tel:+1 809 508 1330
  • Santo Domingo

Don't let its name fool you; this is no pizza joint or greasy little Italian bistro.  Entering its patio, you will be intrigued by the fairy lights lighting all the cropped, perfect little topiaries on every side, these trumped by a full size royal palm growing through the floor.  The setting is elegant, slightly subdued, with the whiff of class permeating the impeccably laid table linens.  The service is impeccable: the food even more so.  Although it does suffer from the "samesame" menu that plagues Santo Domingo (most restaurants have the same dishes on offer, with only slight variations), the chef proves the power of knowing how to season and knowing your ingredients resulting in an innovative preparation of the classics.  Not to be missed are the house sushis, the calamari salad and the fondant au chocolat dessert.  The portions, for being such a fancy place, are very large and many starters would serve as a decent main meal.  Please, leave room for dessert and be sure to pre-order your fondant 20 minutes in advance, it will arrive piping hot with a liquid sweet centre, presented in a ramekin accompanied by a caged scoop of unctuous vanilla ice cream. The drinks are affordable, the house wine very decent and although you will spend a touch more than in other establishments, the flavors dancing on your tongue, the breeze caressing your face and spectacular view will make every last centavo worth it.

El Rey de Falafel

El Rey de Falafel

  • C/ Padre Billini esq. Sanchez
  • tel:(809)688-9714
  • Santo Domingo

Falafel has nestled itself in a cave-like nook of the colonial zone: the building where it is housed has been beautifully restored preserving its ruin-like state.  Enjoying Middle Eastern fare will have a different meaning as you're staring up at the stars or admiring the century-old stone walls that have yielded to time but now offer a perfect frame for a starry night and the crowd that flock to enjoy the house specialty.  As the name suggests, it is the falafel.  Their piece de resistance is heavy with savoury spices, the flatbread impeccably elastic and yielding, served with 3 sauces on the side (tahini, ketchup and chilli), presented in the decade-old squeezy bottles, there is an element of fun and childlikeness at squeezing all your condiments onto your wrap, trying to stretch your jaw to consume bites of the whole experience: bread, falafel, tomato and sauce.  Thankfully, they provide plenty of napkins.  The service is less than stellar, but made up in good humour, disposition and friendliness by the staff.  Sauntering down for drinks and an appetizer is a thoroughly good idea: the babaganoush and hummous are creamy and moreish, the mini pita breads are fresh and fragrant. They have a variety of meat-based sandwiches and starters, which are all very good, but their way with chickpeas and eggplants are what won my food loving heart.  Be warned that should you want an outside table or are a big group, you should arrive early as many of the alternative movers and the shakers of the city come to natter over plates of grub or an ice cold drink and will spend the evening laughing and sharing the latest gossip.

Segafredo

Segafredo

  • El Conde NB54 entre las Damas y La Catolica
  • Santo Domingo

A veritable institution in the capital, Segafredo maintains its reputation as the go-to place for a drink and a bite in the Colonial Zone.  It's always crowded, bustling with the young, hip and alternative crowd.  The service could be better (much better), but the atmosphere and company of the young, interesting and beautiful makes up for the forgotten drinks and the less-than-attentive servers. They have a good sized menu, with a nice selection of cheesy choices (pizzas, pastas, picaderas). If you only order one thing, make it the pizza. They are excellent. The drinks are strong and reasonably priced (nothing is watered down here. It's the perfect place to eat and people watch..

Cinema Café

Cinema Café

  • Avenida Pedro Henriquez Urena
  • tel:89 221 7555
  • Visit website
  • Santo Domingo
Jet Set

Jet Set

  • Proyecto
  • Santo Domingo