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Mercado Modelo

Ave Mella & Jose Marti calle, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Ranked #5 of 7 Shopping in Santo Domingo
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Flea/ Street Markets
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

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

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Atlanta, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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

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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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

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puerto rico
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Its a small market, a place to find souvenirs. Its typical dominican. You must bargain the prices as they will lower them. If you are a mall person, this is not the place for you as it is not pretty, but i think is s must visit place as it is colorful.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This is essential an indoor market for local vendors. If you look like a tourist you will be "badgered." However, you will definitely find any/everything you need there (souvenirs). Generally, the merchants are good about negotiating a price.

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Bonaire
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Good place to buy good souvenirs but don't take the first price they give you draw a hard bargain and you'll win even move to another person the price drops immediately.

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Snellville, Georgia
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31 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Yes you can negotiate just about any price you want because vendors are desperate for business, but the place is hot, stuffy, and the merchandise is lets face it cheap. The surrounding neighborhoods make this location undesirable. Calle Duarte is crowded, smelly, and beggars are every where.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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137 reviews 137 reviews
89 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The market is nice because it has so much nice artwork that you can buy at prices that you will never see in the states. The only downside of this place is you have people trying to get you into there stores all the time so if you can manage just ignoring them and doing your thing then you will... More

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