Users of TripAdvisor, the popular online travel site, have identified Santo Domingo’s top restaurants.
According to surveys carried out by TripAdvisor, users have chosen the following as the city’s most popular restaurants: Pura Tasca, Pat’e Palo European Brasserie and Lulu Tasting Bar, all three situated in the Colonial Section.
The website has also identified the city’s most popular places to visit: Santo Domingo’s Cathedral, the first built in the Americas; the “Los Tres Ojos” Park, a beautiful underground system of natural pools; and the “Alcazar de Colon,” the first official residence of Diego Columbus, first Viceroy of the Americas and the son of Christopher Columbus.
With a recently issued Certificate of Excellence, the restaurant is situated near the “Plaza de España,” the Colonial Zone’s main square. The restaurant specializes in Spanish cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Address: Emiliano Tejera #51
Pat’e Palo European Brasserie:
This restaurant continuously appears on TripAdvisor’s list of most popular restaurants, and also received this year’s Certificate of Excellence.
Situated steps away from the “Plaza de España,” the restaurant is known for its varied European, Mediterranean and Fusion Cuisine menu. The restaurant is excellent for that special family, romantic or business luncheons or dinners.
Address: Atarazana Street #25
Lulu Tasting Bar:
Another favorite among TripAdvisor users, and a recipient of the Certificate of Excellent 2014 award.
Address: Arzobispo Meriño Street
Popular Places to Visit in Santo Domingo
Cathedral of the Americas:
The first to be built in the Americas, and the first Catholic diocese of the region, the Cathedral is one of the Caribbean’s top 10 tourism attractions.
The Cathedral is included in UNESCO’s “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” It is located in the very heart of Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Address: Arzobispo Nouel Street. Open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
“Los Tres Ojos” Park:
The park is a protected area situated in Santo Domingo’s eastern section, and 20 minutes west of the Las Americas International Airport.
The park consists of four underground pools. Three of the pools are situated inside a huge cavern.
The Tainos, the original inhabitants of the island, used the place to carry out magical-religious activities. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
“Alcazar de Colón:”
This 16th century “Alcazar,” or Palace, was home to the first Viceroyalty of the Americas and was the official residence of the Viceroy Diego Colon, the son of the Spanish Conquistador.
Situated right on the “Plaza de España,” the Colonial Section’s main square, the “Alcazar” is the most visited museum in the Dominican Republic, featuring a collection of over 800 pieces consisting of furniture, carpets, ceramics, sculptures and paintings that date back to the 13th to the 20th century.