Restaurants in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a country known to many for its all-inclusive beach resorts; a place where you can bask in sunshine and turquoise waters while indulging in food and drink and swaying to the sounds of Latin music.
Fewer people know the Dominican Republic as a country chock-full of incredible history: powerful resistance movements; passionate human rights protests. Did you know that the country was one of the first to open its borders to Jews fleeing Nazi Germany?
Just a few months ago, I traveled to the Caribbean Island not for a sunny beach vacation, but to understand some of the complex social issues the nation is facing in the present day. Based in Santo Domingo, the country’s largest and capital city, I was charged with the task of learning about the specific challenges faced by different minority groups. The goal: to return back to the United States with stories and anecdotes that would inform my advocacy work with an international development agency. In order to strengthen my voice on behalf of those in the country, it was important that I begin to see and understand, first-hand, what individuals’ needs are on the ground.
“Don’t we all travel to relax and to expand our understanding of the world?”
Although much of my time was spent meeting with fearless leaders and organizations working to create social change, I was also able to explore Santo Domingo quite a bit. What a charming city! It offers a wonderful glimpse into the country’s history and culture and boats some fabulous restaurants and shops. True, it does not necessarily accommodate the traveler looking to lie on white sand and catch some rays – but don’t we all travel to relax and to expand our understanding of the world?
Check out some of my recommendations below:
To Stay: Check out options in the Zona Colonial
This is the main tourist hub of the city, and rightly so. Beautiful, old architecture lines the narrow streets; doors and windows are painted in bright, bold colors. The main drag is the Calle de Conde, a cobblestone street open only to pedestrians with lots of shops, restaurants, and food and art vendors lining its sides. There are plenty of hotel options, from budget-friendly to budget-busting. I stayed at the Hotel Mercure which had its own restaurant that served breakfast every morning, as well as a patio that spilled right onto the Conde – a great people-watching spot!
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