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Mercado Modelo

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Address: Ave Mella & Jose Marti calle, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Yoli C
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 

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Bucharest, Romania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 helpful vote 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 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Bountiful, Utah
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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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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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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