One of the most popular museums in the Colonial City. Completed around 1512, this Gothic and Renaissance style palace was the home of Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus, and his wife María de Toledo, niece of King Ferdinand of Spain.
Santo Domingo boasts the most comprehensive shopping scene in all of the Dominican Republic. Past the typical souvenir stores, the Colonial City is replete with uniquely stocked arts and crafts galleries, carrying Dominican art, textiles, and jewelry made from amber and larimar. The city center offers modern shopping malls—Blue Mall and Ágora Mall are among the most popular—equal in size and setting to those found in Europe or North America, offering multiple brand designer apparel, technology stores, 3D movie theaters, food courts, and other services. Aside from malls, you will find specialty cigar shops such as La Leyenda del Cigarro, where you can watch a cigar roller at work, and Arturo Fuente, an upscale cigar lounge combining cocktails and bites. Other shopping hubs include general and gourmet supermarkets, household appliances stores, as well as Chinese discount stores and outdoor flea markets. Whatever you’re looking for, you will find it in La Capital.