Is Santo Domingo your next vacation destination? If so, then you must surely visit the Colonial Zone in the city. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site bordering the River Ozama. A visit to this area will take you down the memory lane. The impressive array of 16th-century buildings and cobblestone streets are a tourist’s delight, particularly those interested in history and culture. This area is strewn with palaces that have now become fascinating museums. Even most of the oldest buildings here have been converted into restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars. Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone in fact makes an interesting visit. With over 500 years of history and architectural wonders, the time here stands still!
The Colonial Zone not only helps you browse the intriguing history, but also offers umpteen options to satiate your hunger while you tour the area at its many restaurants. Here’s a brief glance into the best restaurants located in this area, ready to offer you the best dining experience ever in Santo Domingo.
There are many restaurants found in the cobblestone streets and old buildings in this zone. The restaurants here are ready to tantalize your taste buds with their varied offerings. You can find all kinds of cuisines such as Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican, French, Italian and Creole. The first “canteen” which opened during the colonial period in the Americas is still in operation here. Important historical events in Santo Domingo used to take place in this area during the colonial period, and visitors from across the world enjoyed sumptuous delicacies.
If you want to give yourself a treat when visiting this area, you can look forward to an amazing dining experience at some of the renowned restaurants here. These include Pat’e Palo, Casa del Caribe, El Burro Loco Art Bistro, Lulu, Pura Tasca, Ristorante La Bricciola, Restaurant La Atarazana, Falafel, Meson d’ Bari, Palmito Gourmet, Tapati, El Zorro Restaurant, Le Residense, Segafredo, La Cantina by Nopal, Angelo Ristorante, Diam’s Restaurant, Mamajuana Café, Café Restaurant El Conde and Hard Rock Café.
Pat’e Palo is located in the Plaza de España, which is considered to be the Americas first local tavern and was opened in 1505. Apart from its casual chic atmosphere, the restaurant offers attractive menu to its customers. The setting of Casa del Caribe is simply amazing. This bar-restaurant is situated in a colonial residence featuring an awesome Spanish indoor courtyard. This restaurant fascinates its visitors with its typical broths and soups, Spanish ‘tapas’ and grilled meats with live music in the background.
If you want to taste some authentic Italian dishes, then Ristorante La Bricciola is the place for you. It is the best Italian restaurant to be found here. The menu offered at this iconic restaurant includes prime meats, seafood, risotto and pasta. For Creole cuisine, consider visiting the Restaurant La Atarazana. This restaurant opened its door for the visitors in 1972. If you enjoy savoring Mediterranean cuisine, then Falafel is the best place to visit. Think of visiting Meson d’ Bari restaurant for enjoying Dominican traditional dishes.
There are many more restaurants other than these waiting to be explored when you visit the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo.