Mercado Modelo, Santo Domingo

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Find an abundance of Dominican products at numerous shops and stalls inside Mercado Modelo. Shop until you drop as you sort through an abundance of cigars, local jewelry, liquor, produce, and artworks. Bring a strong bargaining game, as you'll have to haggle with merchants to get a cheap price. To visit Mercado Modelo on your holiday in Santo Domingo, and find out what else Santo Domingo has to offer, use our Santo Domingo online trip builder .
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  • Mercado Modelo is an old market not far from Parque Independencia where you can by local jewelry with Amber, Mamajuana and local craft. Beware the vendors can be pushy at times, always bargain your pr...  more »
  • The market model is located in the Avenue next to the Colonial zone, Nick in the we can find all kinds of handicrafts, natural products, spices, etc. here you can find all sorts of memories. Next to it are several shops at low cost. To the side there is a currency exchange company. The prices are very affordable. But I recommend making the change to Dominican pesos before going to best buy. People are very helpful and there is security.
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  • Here we can buy a variety of items made by Dominican arteanos, for when I travel I take and took cute details in amber and larimar, shells of oysters and wood
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  • You can get amazing deals here! There are some crazy items like machetes that you can get for pennies on the peso! However, some of the vendors in this area are ridiculously aggressive. There was one man that grabbed me by the arm simply for him to get me into his store. Another man stopped me at the door as I was leaving to buy some coffee from him as well. I mean, hey, whatever works, though. I did get to pick up some wonderful items here, like a starfish necklace for my mom, along with other things. If you'd like to experience somewhat of a thrill and get great deals while you're at it, this is the place for you. Just remember: always negotiate the price down by at least by 30% always, and act a little disinterested when buying things, because when you walk away, they will usually rethink turning down your offer. Never pay full price for anything. As poor as some of these people may be, getting ripped off doesn't help the economy or them that much. There is always the sucker right in front of you they have to sell to also.
  • Excellent shop place. Good to buy souvenirs and stuff of the Dominican culture. Also has an vegetable market in the back side
  • Historical place of our country. You can find traditional things at a good price.
  • Very good tourist venue if you like tourist bits and pieces. However, this is a good place to buy larimar (a unique semi-precious stone of the Dominican Republic) and jade (second best quality in the world) jewellery, both are best buys, at cheaper prices than most outlets (especially anywhere in El Conde), but remember to bargain hard. Most art is Haitian style but none are original; you buy one and next day it's replaced with an identical copy.
  • Tourist trap. Don't pay full price for anything there. Nothing there that you will not find anywhere else in the area and at lower prices.

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