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Calle 4ta, Panamá, Panama
As is the case in many countries, Panama's modern-day artisans are looking for ways to honor centuries-old craft traditions while allowing contemporary influences to inform their work. The results of these efforts vary, but at Papiro y Yo, a...
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Calle 15 Este, Panamá, Panama
What better way to understand a city’s tastes, personality and priorities than by wandering through its food markets? And what better food to sample in a country that is bordered by two oceans than its seafood? The Mercado de Mariscos in Panama...
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Mercado San Felipe Neri, Av. B, Panamá, Panama

Just outside Casco Viejo, the Mercado Público (also called the Mercado San Felipe Neri) is more than 100 years old. Locals come here to peruse its stalls, bursting with piles of colorful exotic produce. Visitors can stop at one of...

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Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Panama
At the Plaza de Francia (French Plaza) and Las Bovedas, not far from the French Embassy, you'll find indigenous Guna Indians (formerly known as Kuna Indians) sewing and selling vibrant molas depicting tropical San Blas Island plants, birds, and...
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Panama City, Panama
A Unesco World Heritage Site, Casco Viejo or Old Town/Quarter has so much to offer! Dating back to 1673 the Casco Viejo was built after the original Panama City settlement was set ablaze after 150 years to avoid sacking from the infamous pirate...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Calle República de Uruguay, Panamá, Panama
Sit down for a meal at La Posta, and you’ll feel as if you’ve been seated on the private verandah of a local who’s about to share some wonderful stories as well as fine food. With sweeping vegetation, exposed-wood ceilings, woven chairs and warm...
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Al lado de la Policía de Turismo, Av Central 7, Panamá, Panama
The menu at Diablico not only features staples of Panamanian cuisine (roasted pork and ceviche top the list) but frequent folkloric performances representing several of the country’s cultures. In the main show—appropriately known as diablicos—...
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Casa Blanca, Panamá, Panama
Casa Blanca’s location on the edge of the Plaza Bolivar makes it one of the city’s best choices for outdoor dining, and the rustic décor lends a slow-paced, convivial atmosphere. Beneath umbrellas and gently drooping palms, sample a selection of...
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Calle 49, Panamá, Panama
From the same team behind Market and La Posta, La Chesa restaurant distinguishes itself by serving warm Tuscan cuisine in the heart of Panama. Pappardelle, panzanella, and pollo cacciatorre may satisfy those whose enthusiasm for plantains and...
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Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Panama
Ambiance is the key to this Panama City restaurant's popularity—surprising given that the restaurant’s setting is in a former dungeon. During the early days of Casco Viejo, the structure did, indeed, serve as a jail; now, the cells serve French...
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Av. Central, entre calle 3era y 4ta, Panama City, Panama
Chill out on balmy Panama City days and nights thanks to Granclément, an artisanal ice cream parlor located in the city's historic heart. The ice cream architects here blend the region’s abundance of tropical fruits (think guanabana, mango, lime,...
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
Coffee, chocolate, and ceviche are just three specialties to be sampled on a food tour in Casco Viejo, one of Panama City's popular neighborhoods. On the Taste of Panama City Food Walking Tour, a guide offers some historical and cultural contexts...
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Calle 48 Este, Panamá, Panama
With New York strip steaks, macaroni and cheese, chicken with couscous, and salmon buerre, Market’s menu is global, but its clientele is local and friendly. A lunch stop here will fulfill whatever international cuisine you’re craving, but make...
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Av. Cincuentenario, Panamá, Panama
This Panamanian/expat favorite situated in the laid-back San Francisco neighborhood is all about great cuts of beef at reasonable prices. Dine on the outdoor terrace for a relaxing dinner such as steak with papas fritas.
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Plaza de la Independencia, Calle 5a Este, Panamá, Panama

Right on the main square of Casco Viejo, the Panama Canal Museum approaches the canal as a technological and engineering marvel while also addressing its environmental impact on the region's biodiversity. There are wonderful historic photos of the...