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Address: Ave Mella & Jose Marti calle, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Nice place to buy souvenirs. And all things made in Dominican Republic. It's clean. Organize. No parking. I recommend a guided visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
rochi g
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Burlington, Vermont
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71 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This isn't a market....its a stall of imported garbage. There is nowhere to eat. Every employee of the stalls wants to be your amigo, and the trash they sell...is just that. Out of date cigars, overpriced colorized amber, and "made in china" stuff marked "Dominican"

Thank PirateBenefactor
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Nice place to buy souvenirs. And all things made in Dominican Republic. It's clean. Organize. No parking. I recommend a guided visit.

1 Thank rochi g
Hollywood, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

Excellent service, specially by the gift shop Rafael Antonio casilla #23 809-608-9468 Good prices and very safe and friendly I recommend for you to Call him before you go Tell him what you're looking for and he would have it ready for you specially the Wood Dominos, he can engrave it for you. I was very pleased!!!

Thank MarilynMella
Level Contributor
25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The prices are great, you can get good deals if you negotiate, otherwise, you'll be paying three or four times the actual amount. There's variety in national products like cigars, alcohol, fabric, Amber and Larimar. There's only one thing.. the assistants really harass you, they will ask and follow you everywhere for you to buy something. They can be really... More 

2 Thank Yoli C
Bucharest, Romania
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50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Mercado Modelo is the place to be if you want an all-in-one place for shopping. It is the km 0 of souvenir shopping in Santo Domingo, the place to bargain, the place to find a gift for everybody and going there will save you lots of time. You'll find jewels, paintings, T-shirts, bags, flags, local art... just about anything. It... More 

Thank tripspotting
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This market lacked the verve that I was hoping to find. My expectations were built on market experiences in East Africa and medina visits in North Africa. I was there during off tourist season and thought the vendors were a little aggressive. Prices are what you expect- don't pay more than double what things are marked. Dominican vanilla did seem... More 

Thank Jessica M
Atlanta, Georgia
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38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Mercado Modelo is at the edge of the Zonal Colonial. I hate being harassed. I love to shop but I felt haggled by all the shopkeepers to go in their stores and so I left after 5 minutes. I would have loved to be able to just walk around. Also, the store I did go in tried to sell me... More 

Thank BlkFoodie
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The Mercado Modelo is an excellent place to buy souvenirs, you can find a huge variety of things. The prices are really good, you just need to bargain a little. Many shoppes have their own craft makers, so you can order some things to be made as you like. The Market is not pretty, its a market. But you will... More 

2 Thank Melissa N
Bountiful, Utah
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78 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We were in Santo Domingo for a cruise and had read about El Mercado Modelo in our guidebook. We asked at our hotel - the Boutique Hotel Palacio - if it was safe to walk to the market and they said it was safe. We were given a map and headed out on the main drag of Calle El Conde... More 

6 Thank RYJ1
Cleveland, Ohio
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Since others have addressed the indoor part, I'll address the outdoor area. What we found truly memorable were the surrounding streets (outdoor vendors) where you saw real life. Raw, hard, struggling folks selling absolutely every and anything: to name a few.....sugar cane, cinnamon bark, baskets, fixing tires, coffee, flowers. We had our taxi driver (a native Dominican) accompany us as... More 

4 Thank jkaposta

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