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Old 08-07-2019, 10:17 AM
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Café Santo Domingo

This is the main coffee shop chain in the DR. The concept comes straight from Starbucks, which some Dominican businessmen pitched the DR as another market for the American chain with no success. The end result is that Dominican businessmen created several similar businesses with Café Santo Domingo leading the pack. Starbucks in the next few months is going to enter the Dominican market. A little late because now they have plenty of competition and the offerings from some Dominican companies, especially Café Santo Domingo, taste better.

Café Santo Domingo is also a Dominican coffee brand owned by the same company. They sell various coffee types in Dominican supermarkets, colmados, etc. Usually hotels include some packets from Café Santo Domingo in their rooms.










Café Santo Domingo is also available in other markets, such as this Salvadoran guy asking people to visit him in San Salvador and try Café Santo Domingo. This brand is also found in various markets in the US and Canada.


Inauguration of Café de Santo Domingo at INTEC, a leading Dominican university.

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Old 08-07-2019, 11:54 AM
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Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores

This mansion is now the Ministry of Exterior Relations. It can't be seen from the photo, but in person anyone can see through the elaborate gate and see the building. Originally it was built by the Marchena family in the XXth Century in was then a rural area. The guy immigrated from Puerto Rico and became very rich in the Dominican Republic. The entire property was a sort of estate that belong to the mansion in the side. Afterwards this became the home of Ramfis Trujillo, son of the dictator. The gate used to have Ramfis initial on the top part, now replaced with the country's coat of arms. Then the Dominican government took all the properties of the Trujillo family and turn this to what it is today. A convention center was recently built very close to the mansion and the parking lot was expanded. The mansion was also connected to another building that was built by the Dominican government. Other than that, not much has been done to the mansion itself. The old trees on the property are originals.

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Old 08-07-2019, 12:17 PM
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Embajada del Reino de España

Another mansion that is not visible in the photo, but can be seen in person. This is the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain. Behind it is another mansion where the Spanish Ambassador lives. The compound is very big and has other smaller buildings as well. This property has belong to and built by Spain to this very day. Spain has always been one of the major supporters of the Dominican Republic. It's also the European country with the heaviest and longest influence on the island, including the 200 years more or less before the French created their colony. Spanish is one of the major ancestries of most Dominicans whether the person is white or mixed. In fact, the question isn't who has Spanish ancestry, but rather who doesn't.

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Old 08-07-2019, 12:37 PM
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Casa de España

Santo Domingo has Casa de España (Spain's House) social club. There is another one in Santiago called Centro Español. While both social clubs encourage modern Spanish cultures and is centers of congregations of many Spaniards living in the DR, they are open to Dominicans as well. Certain sports, special events, and many traditions from Spain is held here. Both have large properties.









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Old 08-07-2019, 06:04 PM
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Lincoln Road

A very popular spot focusing mostly on American cuisines.



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Old 08-07-2019, 06:33 PM
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Club Libanés, Sirío, Palestino

Social club where some of the Arabs and Dominican families get together. The cultures from Lebanon (most of the Arab in the Dominican Republic), Syria (many Syrian families arrived via Haiti), and Palestine are encouraged here. Despite this club focuses on those three countries because Arab families in the DR originate in these places, the club also have membership from other families too (Egyptian, Jordanian, etc). They also make group trips to the Middle East to see the sights and experience Arab culture in person.



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Old 08-08-2019, 09:16 AM
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Bella Vista Mall

The mall had a change in its facade and they were doing this at the time of the photos. Has quite a few stores and restaurants. The movie theater here is the Dominican chain Palacio del Cine.





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Old 08-08-2019, 12:21 PM
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Barra Payan

A Dominican chain with several locations in the Santo Domingo metro area. They are expanding, but have yet to open in other areas of the DR. Its basically an institution for Dominicans. Their specialties is Dominican sandwiches (very similar to Cuban sandwiches, for people familiar with that style), burgers, and other fast food. Not something you want to eat everyday, but once in a long while its nothing. The juices are very good.

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Old 08-08-2019, 04:15 PM
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Edificio Baquero

This was one of the tallest and most modern buildings in Santo Domingo during the first decades of the XXth Century. Today the Edificio Baquero was for sale at the time of the images. While the building is not in its best shape, just looking at it from the outside looks very grand. Hopefully somebody buys it soon and turns this building back to its glory days. The Baquero family migrated from Spain to Santo Domingo in the beginning of the XXth Century. He became very wealthy and built this building. Santo Domingo has many descendants of the original Baquero that migrated from Spain. In fact, one of his descendants has a big quote on a wall welcoming people to the island in the main airport of Santo Domingo. The engineer / architect was a Puerto Rican.


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Old 08-09-2019, 09:10 AM
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Edificio Díez

Edificio Díez was built in the early decades of the XXth Century. One of the few buildings built outside Cuba in the Caribbean in the Beaux Arts architectural style. For many years it was also one of the tallest buildings in Santo Domingo. The building's facade is currently in not so good shape, but work on it is scheduled to start soon. The building was designed by the same Puerto Rican engineer / architect as in the Edificio Baquero.

A descendant of the Díez currently owns Diesco, which produces plastic utensils (forks, spoons, knives, etc), plastic materials (vases of purified water, etc), and other throwable eating utensils in Santo Domingo. It is the largest company of that kind in the Caribbean and exports to most islands in the Caribbean. One of his plants had an explosion recently, created by a truck as it was depositing natural gas in the factory.






Recent explosion in Santo Domingo at one of the factories of a descendant.


One of the descendants of Díez giving his opinion to the Dominican press.
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