There are plenty of shopping opportunities in the Dominican Republic. Located throughout Punta Cana's resorts, Harrison's Jewelry features beautiful jewelry showcasing amber mined in the north coast of the Dominican Republic, generally considered the best amber in the world, and Larimar -- a blue stone is only found on the west coast of the DR.
The upscale, open-air Palma Real Mall is home to a variety of top stores and famous restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe and Tony Roma's. Or for a local shopping experience, explore the Bagua Flea Market with a wide-variety of native Dominican art, classic vacation souvenirs, hand-crafted jewelry, unique sarongs and more!
More restaurant choices include fresh sushi at Akai in Punta Cana Village, Caribbean-inspired French cuisine at Chez Mon Ami, or fresh fish at the oceanfront Jelly Fish Restaurant.
Shopping: The upscale, open-air Palma Real Mall is home to a variety of top stores including designer clothing, high-end jewelry, Dominican cigars and beach necessities. Or for a local shopping experience, explore the Bagua Flea Market with a wide-variety of native Dominican art, classic vacation souvenirs, hand-crafted jewelry, unique sarongs and more! Purchase your own piece of Dominican art at Don Lucas Cigars (pictured), which features an art gallery with exhibits of outstanding Dominican painters.
Restaurants: Restaurant choices include outposts of famous restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe and Tony Roma's at Palma Real Mall, fresh sushi at Akai in Punta Cana Village, Caribbean-inspired French cuisine at Chez Mon Ami, or fresh fish at the oceanfront Jelly Fish Restaurant.
Shopping: Find luxurious shopping along the canals of Cap Cana's Marina (pictured). Motor from boutique to boutique on a unique mini-steamboat.
Restaurants: Using local, seasonal ingredients, Mitre Cap Cana offers international fusion cuisine, featuring fresh seafood and steaks with an Asian and Italian influence.
Shopping: For one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts, the shops of Altos de Chavon feature handmade pottery, paintings and trinkets created by local artisans and students of the Altos de Chavon art school. The shops of Altos de Chavon also include beautiful children´s and ladies linen fashions, one of a kind amber and larimar gems and jewelry, local and imported cigars, beach-wear, and a mini food and sundries market.
Restaurants: At Peperoni guests are invited to dine in the formal dining room, or under a canopy outside for a slightly less formal experience. Featuring a wide variety of fare from fine imported steaks, to sushi and pasta, with top notch service provided by an impeccable staff. Peperoni also features an extensive bar and wine menu, as can be seen at the striking "La Enoteca" bar prominently situated at the entrance.
Shopping: In Puerto Plata, the Plaza Turisol Complex features 80 shops selling clothing, souvenirs and gifts. For a unique gift, the Amber Museum Shop in Playa Dorada sells amber stones and jewelry. A semi-precious gem formed out of the fossilized resin of ancient trees, amber from the Dominican Republic is especially prized due to its transparency and likelihood to have an insect (make your own dinosaur!), frog or lizard embedded in it.
Restaurants: In Cabarete, dine with your feet in the sand at La Casita de don Alfredo (Papi's), famous for its whole shrimp served in a cast-iron pan. With karaoke, live bands and televised sporting events, Hemingway's Bar & Grill is a can't-miss and is conveniently located in the middle of Playa Dorada in Puerto Plata.
Shopping: Once President John F. Kennedy declared his Dominican Republic rocking chair as his favorite, rocking chairs became a popular Santo Domingo souvenir. As an added convenience, many stores offer unassembled, flat-packed rockers for easy transport home. Santo Domingo's best shopping is located in the shopping plazas in the areas of Sarasota and John F. Kennedy Avenues. Expect to find shops full of modern fashion, fine and folk art, jewelry, spices and other souvenirs. Also, don't miss the Ambar and Larimar Museums of Santo Domingo, with adjacent jewelry stores to purchase gems of your own.
Restaurants: Located down a staircase and into an actual cave is El Meson de la Cava -- one of the finest dining experiences in the capital city. Featuring steaks, seafood and a Creole menu, El Meson de la Cava is truly a unique dining experience.