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Mercado Modelo

Ave Mella & Jose Marti calle, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Ranked #4 of 7 Shopping in Santo Domingo
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Flea/ Street Markets
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
50 helpful votes 50 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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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95 reviews 95 reviews
31 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
75 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

the are good deals to be had but you better know the exact value of the dominican peso and it doesnt hurt to have a dominican girlfriend . Otherwise prepared to be fleeced . I got a great deal on a painting but had to negotiate for almost an hour it was kinda fun.

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new york,ny
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is a great place to find souveneirs for your loved ones back home. Make sure you hustle for prices. They can be pricey if dont ask for a bargain price.

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