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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...
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Calle 1era, Colón, Panama
Sure, it's possible to try "Geisha," the world's most expensive coffee, in the United States, as it's imported by American roasters such as Intelligentsia. Those who have tried Geisha have remarked that the flavor is surprising; it's most like tea...
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Calle 4ta, Panamá, Panama
When Panamanians go out for a glass of wine, they say they're going to have "una copa." One of their favorite places to have one in Panama City is at the wine bar, DiVino Enoteca. In addition to pouring copas, staff at DiVino hosts wine tasting...
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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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Gatun Lake, Panama

In the 17th century, the pirate Henry Morgan traveled the Chagres River to attack Panama City. In the early 20th century, the Chagres River was dammed to create the 53-kilometer-long (33-mile-long) Gatún Lake, at the time the largest...

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Calle Isaac Hanono Missri, Panamá, Vía Israel, Panamá, Panama
Travelers who prefer books and other cultural reminders of their travels to dust-collecting tchotchkes can shop for a literary souvenir at El Hombre de la Mancha, a bookstore inside the Multiplaza Pacific Mall. This bookstore has titles published...
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Plaza Herrera Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
For the location of their first independent hotel, Atelier Ace (the creative arm behind the buzzy Ace Hotel Group) chose Panama City’s historic Casco Viejo, a once gang-ridden neighborhood now teeming with trendy restaurants, cafes, and wine...
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Avenida A., Calle 6a Oeste, Panamá, Panama
Step into Panama City’s Diablo Rosso and you’ll find yourself in a “creative think tank” and gallery that would fit comfortably into any of the world’s headliner art scenes. Diablo Rosso was founded in 2006 to promote emerging talent in the area,...
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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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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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Pack your dancing shoes to Panama City if only for one night at Habana Panamá, an over-the-top celebration of Havana’s golden age in the middle of Casco Viejo. There’s a live orchestra every weekend, and bands play salsa, son, and jazz until the...
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La Alameda, Panamá, Panama
City parks are often urban oases of natural life, but few offer the ecological drama of Panama City's Parque Natural Metropolitano, the city's largest park. While residents stroll, play sports, and relax within its leafy acres, travelers often...
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Calle 48, Panamá, Panama
In Weil Art & Auctions’ bright, inviting showroom, sculptures that explore important themes of 21st-century Latin American art stand alongside antique maps and turn-of-the-century paintings. In addition to contemporary and traditional art, the...
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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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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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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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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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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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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
Wine bar DiVino’s mission is simple: pop the cork on the world of fine wines and pour it for the residents of Panama City. The enoteca has a huge selection of vintages from around the world, and offers wine tasting seminars and trainings in its...
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Local 1 20, Vía Argentina, Panama City, Panama
Corona Lite, it is not: cerveceria La Rana Dorada (“The Golden Frog”) is a craft-brewing operation that’s distinctly Panamanian. Their four distinct beers—a pilsner, a pale ale, a white beer, and a porter—are created at its Casco Viejo location,...
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Flamenco Island, Panama City, Panama
Hmmm...should you? Oh, definitely. On Isla Flamenco, treat yourself to a crave-worthy gelato milkshake from Dolce Idea. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor tables, but walk around the causeway and yacht-filled marina and any worries about...
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Veracruz, Panama
Playa Veracruz is dotted with about a dozen small ranchitos (concessions) and bars. During weekends, it's especially popular with young locals, who come here to let loose and dine on super cheap grub. The offerings are good: ceviche, fried fish,...
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Few tourism-related experiences in the world still feel truly authentic; my recent trek to this Embera Indian Village in the remote Chagres National Park in Panama was one of them. On an adventure travel experience with Aventuras Panama, we...
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Av. Central, entre calle 3era y 4ta, Panama City, Panama
The old quarter of Casco Viejo is not only a UNESCO World Heritage site but also the emerging gastronomic epicenter of Panama City. There are myriad trendy bars and restaurants to choose from, but when it's time for dessert, head to Granclement....
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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 2a Oeste 85-81, Panamá, 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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Calle 9 con Calle Boquete (Esquina Casco Antiguo, Panama
Wine? Check. Tapas? Check. New friends? You bet. Good times are meant to be shared. Tinto de Verano offers a comfortable, intimate setting for sipping wine, sharing tapas, and lingering with locals. Speaking of lingering, the plush, tufted booth...
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San Felipe, Panamá, Panama
Explore the cobblestone streets of Casco Viejo in the early evening, and you'll experience a quiet and romantic neighborhood, newly reemerging as a contemporary cultural center. In the twilight, it's easy to imagine the bygone colonial grandeur as...
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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
Mostaza offers an upscale, formal setting for an intimate dinner in the heart of Casco Viejo, yet it's tucked away in a discreet corner. Take advantage of the outdoor ambience and dine at an al fresco table in front of the historic ruin Arco Chato...
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Av. A, Panamá, Panama
If you'd rather pass on trendy bars but want to enjoy a beer in Casco Viejo, then perhaps La Bencidad, with its outdoor patio, would be more up your alley. It's very popular with locals for live music and dancing. It's at Avenida A, between Calle...
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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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Calle Ricardo Arias, Panamá, Panama
A creamy complement to coffee, the tres leche at Costa Azul is addictive. This small, local cafeteria serves Spanish dishes, continental breakfasts, coffee, and, of course, tres leche. It's a good thing Costa Azul, in the thriving banking...
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Avenida Punta Culebra, Ciudad de Panama, Panama
This thatched-roof, open-air restaurant serves up local dishes such as langostinos a la plancha (grilled prawns). Enjoy breezes from the Bay of Panama while enjoying breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Live music is sometimes offered.
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Flamenco Island, Panama City, Panama
For food recommended by locals, bring your appetite and try the grilled specialties at Lenos & Carbon. The place has two locations, at Albrook Mall and Amador Causeway (the latter is near the end at the wharf and offers great harbor views).
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Calle Miller, Panamá, Panama
One of Panama City's oldest bars, the Balboa Yacht Club sits just before the Amador Causeway. It's an institution in the community, and locals frequent here. Chill with a cerveza Balboa on the covered wooden terrace, and take in views of the...
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Playa Venao, Panama
For a change of pace, head southwest from Playa Bonita to the small fishing village of Veracruz. Go to VeraMar for seafood dishes like fried whole corvina (sea bass) with yucca, salad, and plantains. Pair your meal with beer, and you've got a...
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Punta Culebra, Panamá, Panama
You are (almost) guaranteed the sight many an iguana and at least one sloth while on a visit to Punta Culebra. This small treasure is a Smithsonian museum outpost on Amador Causeway. The grounds are made of a forest and beach, as well as...
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Av. Mulvehill, Panama
Café Maritanos, a boutique coffee shop located in the International Business Park (the IBP) of Panama Pacifico, specializes in the best coffees of Panama. They also offer truffles, pastries, and panini, as well as breakfast and lunch items. The...
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
Where to stay in Panama City? Casco Viejo, the old district, is the edgy, cool area where the creative restaurants, historic squares and native markets convene. Tattered neglect is rapidly giving way to tasteful renovations and vibrant renewal....
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San Felipe, Panama City, Panama
In the heart of Casco Viejo, Bajareque provided a perfect location for a timely break in the day. The outdoor seating combined with a fresh cup of coffee (or wine) created a lovely afternoon.