Restaurants & Bars
The Local Fish Market
Mercado de Mariscos is an outdoor covered fish market which has approximately 40 separate “restaurants” trying to entice you to eat at their place. When you enter the gated area, you will be approached by someone from each stall trying to convince you to eat at their establishment. We walked through until near the end, and we chose Econo Fish. It was good; although, it was most likely similar to the other places. All of the eateries serve ceviche for $1 or $2; most will give you a couple free beers and ceviche with an entree order.
Super Gourmet has great deli foods, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, empanadas, coffees, desserts, wine, and beer. It’s a great place to drop in for a quick bite at reasonable prices. They have items for sale like coffees, olive oil, jams, and jellies to name a few.
Nomada Eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch on the weekends until 4 pm. They have indoor and outdoor tables in a nice atmosphere just down the street from the ocean.
Pedro Mandingo is Panama’s first rum craft distillery which is cultivated on a family run farm in Chiriqui. Their happy hour is from opening until 7 pm daily. They have a great cocktail happy hour drink menu with many of their signature cocktails priced at $5, and their draft beer is $3. Make sure you sit at the bar so you can watch the bartender make the drinks, he takes great pride in making each drink with the precision of a true drink mixologist. We tried the Mojito Mandinga and the El Canal Buck, both were tasty. Also, we shared a taste of each of their four Pedro Mandingo rum flavors. The spiced rum and the Geisha coffee liqueur were our favorites.
Paseo Las Bovedas is an excellent place along the water to shop for inexpensive souvenirs from the local vendors.
Capital Bistro Panama is right on the water and their specialty drink is an Aperol Spritz. If you are visiting Casco Viejo during dusk make sure you go to for great pictures or Instagram shots because of the lighting and the backdrop it’s spectacular.
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These are towns in Panama we have traveled to and we recommend staying in these areas based upon our personal experience. Click on the town to be referred to the booking.com link to each city.
I hope we gave you a few ideas for your trip to Panama City. We stayed in three areas of Panama City; however, if I had it to do over I would stay in Casco Viejo. It was our favorite area of Panama City. We loved walking around the narrow brick streets while admiring the magnificent architecture. It was like stepping back in time, and it reminded me of the French Quarter of New Orleans.
A few other recommendations while in Panama City include; walking along the coast on Avenida Balboa which ends at the fish market Mercado de Mariscos, and the Panama Canal at Miraflores Locks Visitor Center. When we visited Miraflores Locks Visitor Center we didn’t get to see a ship go through the canal; although, it was fascinating and worth the visit. If you aren’t able to visit the Miraflores Center, there’s a Panama museum in Casco Viejo which has tons of information and definitely worth a visit.
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