Panama City for Anyone
Collected by Leo Johnson
At one time, a certain canal was Panama City's biggest draw. Now, the opening of the Frank Gehry–designed BioMuseo promises to lure more travelers here. They will stay for beaches, biodiversity, and the chance to be part of an emerging urban scene.
Vía Argentina, Panamá, Panama
Follow the locals to El Trapiche for traditional food. A plate of grilled garlic shrimp, plantains, and rice is possibly the perfect Panamanian meal, paired with Trapiche's tropical blend fruit juice. There are two locations—El Cangrejo and the...
0265, Goethals Blvd, Panama
Yes, the Panama Canal is a popular destination for some of the world’s biggest cruise ships. But navigating the 50-mile isthmus that connects North and South America in a smaller vessel gives you the opportunity to get a front-row seat for each of...
Av. Samuel Lewis & Calle 54 Este, Panamá, Panama
Gold is a dominant theme in Central American history, and Panama’s pre-Columbian metals rival those of anywhere else in the world. The founders of Reprosa, a Panama City metal workshop, decided that rather than mourn the loss of traditional...
Vía Cincuentenario, Panamá, Panama
Panamá Viejo is the remaining part of the old Panama City and former capital of the country. The Old Panama's cathedral and its bell tower is the best-preserved building of the ruins. Best time to visit is either early morning or evening as these...
La Alameda, Panamá, Panama
We went to a local Natural Park to do some hiking. We did not have a lot of time, so we did a small, short path- however there are many different paths of all rigors. They have beautiful overlooks and lots of fauna. Highly recommend! Bring proper...
Cerro Sonsonate, San Miguelito, Panama
This was one of the most beautiful views that I witnessed in the charming country of Panama, while visiting my best friend from college that was living and working there. The dome of the temple resembles some sort of spacecraft, and while the...
Ancon Hill, Panama City, Panama
Cerro Ancon (Ancon Hill) is a beautiful promontory, which offers incredible views of Panama City. It has a large Panamanian flag that you can see from anywhere in the city. You can take a cab uphill—it's only about $5 (and otherwise it's a bit of...
Panama City, Panama
Manolo Caracol may be Panama City’s best-loved restaurant, and each of its creative tapas dishes provides sufficient reason. Spanish-born chef Manuel Madoro—alias Manolo Caracol—draws culinary inspiration from his heritage and his travels, and...
Calle 51 Este, Panamá, Panama
An old colonial home is a fitting location for Tinajas, a small restaurant serving simple, local fare (rice and chicken, yucca salad, and garlic shrimp with plantains are all on the menu). But what truly brings local culture to life are the...
Costa del Este, Panamá, Panama
Gone are the days when Caribbean cuisine meant coconuts and rum. You’ll find both of those ingredients at La Vitrola, but the spirited vibe at this modern restaurant is “contemporary Caribbean” as opposed to shore shack. Chef José Miguel de la...
Av Central, Panamá, Panama
Savor a slice (or, rather, a cup) of Panamanian daily life at the Café Coca-Cola, which bills itself as the country’s oldest café. Whether or not this is true, the practice of sitting down for a coffee, a newspaper, and conversation about current...
Calle Abel Bravo, Panamá, Panama
For visitors with extra time (and an extended budget), Breebaart Boutique—the operation of Hélène Breebaart, a French expatriate who first arrived in Panama as a representative for Dior—offers a unique opportunity to take home a custom-made...
Hotel Radisson Decapolis, Planta Baja, Av Balboa, Panamá, Panama
I always ask our taxi driver for neighborhood restaurant recommendations. For Punta Patillia, one of Jose's fervent suggestions was Gourmet Pizza, across from the Multicentro Mall, for salads and delicioso pizza.
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