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Gastronomy: The 5 best breakfast places in Santo Domingo

Food picture taken at Café SBG in Blue Mall, Santo Domingo
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

Start your day with the tantalizing aromas of freshly brewed coffee, the crisp crackle of bacon and the warm embrace of airy pancakes or croissants. It's an experience that sets the tone for a perfect morning. In the heart of the Dominican Republic, where vibrant culture and culinary art converge, Santo Domingo stands proud as a city that knows how to enjoy breakfast. From charming local cafes tucked into colonial streets to contemporary eateries with surprising flavor combinations, this city offers a variety of breakfast hotspots. And we're sharing with you our five favorite hotspots!

Breakfast is like love at first bite.

#1 Le Petit Coin, Zona Colonial

Located in the heart of the Zona Colonial, the café's Colonial architecture enhances the overall experience and allows visitors to immerse themselves in the city's rich history. "Le Petit Coin" literally means "The Little Corner" in English, and as the name suggests, it offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere where customers can come and escape the busy streets for a while and enjoy a moment of tranquility.

The menu at "Le Petit Coin" features a delicious mix of French and Dominican influences, offering a variety of breakfast options: from freshly baked croissants and pastries to hearty omelets and traditional Dominican breakfast dishes. In addition, the coffee is often praised for its rich and robust flavor, which perfectly complements the breakfast choices.

Opening hours: Open every day of the week from 8.00AM until 8.00PM

Address: Parque Billini, Calle Padre Billini, Santo Domingo

Food pictures taken at Le Petit Coin in Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

#2 Flor de Café, Distrito Nacional

Do you love a shop-in-shop concept? Then you're going to love this hot spot. That's because Flor de Café is a cozy flower boutique, coffee shop and restaurant in downtown Santo Domingo.

Besides fun interior accessories, this coffee shop offers a variety of healthy snacks, coffee, smoothies and delicious breakfasts to take away or to enjoy in Flor de Café itself. They are mainly known for their freshly baked coffee cakes, delicious waffles (even with chicken!) and fresh smoothies.

Opening hours: Weekdays from 7.30AM until 9.00PM. Weekends from 8.30AM until 5.00PM

Address: Rafael Sancio 5, Santo Domingo

Food pictures taken at Flor de Café, Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

#3 Café SBG, Blue Mall

Fancy a shopping getaway where you can discover the capital's finest stores? The Blue Mall shopping center, located near the famous Piantini district, offers stores such as Zara, Oysho, Victoria Secrets, Nespresso, MAC Cosmetics and many more. Besides shopping, you can also go there for a cozy breakfast at Café SBG, located on the ground floor, right across the Louis Vuitton Store.

Café SBG is mainly known for its sophisticated cuisine, and their bakery also scores points! Without a doubt, try the Croissant Nutella combined with their homemade juice of pina and mint. This is the perfect way to start your shopping day.

Opening hours: From Monday to Saturday from 10:00AM until 9:00PM. And on Sundays from 11:00AM until 8:00PM

Address: Av. Winston Churchill 95, Santo Domingo

Food pictures taken at Café SBG in Blue Mall, Santo Domingo
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

#4 Casa Barista & Co, Zona Colonial

Let's talk about coffee. Because Dominican coffee is absolutely delicious and also this one you must have tasted during your trip through the capital, too. One of the most famous coffee spots for this is Casa Barista & Co, located in the colonial city of Santo Domingo. They have a second location in Piantini, close to the Blue Mall shopping center. So possibly you can also combine your visit with a shopping trip. But in this article we focus on their location in the historic city.

Casa Barista & Co is specialized in coffee and strive for high-quality coffee preparation. With an emphasis on direct trade relationships with local coffee producers, they ensure traceable and fresh coffee beans. And honestly: there's nothing better than a delicious cup of coffee, in combination with healthy breakfast, exactly what they are offering. Choose from vegan or gluten-free options such as their pancakes with seasonal fruits, Dominican Arepa with plantain, Toasts with poached eggs and so on. There are so many options that it will definitely make your day stay good.

Opening hours: Every day of the week from 7.00AM until 10.00PM

Address: Calle Arzobispo Meriño 268, Santo Domingo

Food pictures taken at Casa Barista & Co in Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

#5 Café 401,

Last but not least, we conclude our list with the charming eatery Café 401, also located in Piantini, Santo Domingo.

At Café 401 you have opportunity to taste their great cappuccino, freshly made fruit juice or hot chocolate. Besides their delicious pancakes, you can also order sanwished and wraps, choose a homemade dip like Baba Ganoush and yummy yogurt with granola and fruit. Whatever you're in the mood for: at Café 401, start your day with a delicious breakfast.

Opening hours: From Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30AM until 3.00PM

Address: Roberto Pastoriza. 401 Esq, Av. Abraham Lincoln 401, Santo Domingo

Food picture taken at Café 401, Santo Domingo
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck


Whether you crave the comforting embrace of traditional Dominican breakfast dishes or the enticing allure of innovative culinary fusions, Santo Domingo's breakfast scene has something to entice every palate. Savor the velvety mangu, relish the indulgent pastries, and delight in the richness of locally sourced coffee, all served with the warm hospitality that defines Dominican culture. Enjoy!

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