Visit Panama City's Old Town

The Old Town of Panama City, declared a Historical Monument by UNESCO, is not just about history; it is also a place to sample different foods and drinks in open-air cafés, a site where the restaurants and bars fill the air with music and entertain with varied shows. 

Strolling along the centuries-old cobblestone streets on Central Avenue, you may encounter a gigantic red devil, a popular cultural figure, guarding the entrance to Restaurant Diablicos and advertising their traditional Panamanian fare. Along with a delicious meal, you can enjoy live Panamanian folkloric shows that are different every evening.

Continuing down Central Avenue, see what series of side dishes the cook has whipped up today at the Manolo Caracol restaurant, where there is no menu. Just in front, at Tequila Bar, Mediterranean cuisine and drinks are served outdoors to the tunes of live music. Heading towards Plaza Bolivar, five restaurants have set up their tables under umbrellas right on the square and in a very bohemian ambience. Musicians wind among the tables to play their melodies for diners at Ego y Narciso, Casa Blanca, Segafredo Zanetti Espresso, Ciao Pescao (ceviche), and Kyoto (Japanese).

Souvenirs like the famous Panama hat can be picked up at Victor's, open until 10 at night. On your way to Plaza de Francia are several other souvenir shops, including La Ronda and El Faro, with a good selection of typical Panamanian handicrafts. Meander on towards the romantic Esteban Huertas walkway at French Square bordering the sea, from where you are provided a spectacular view of Cerro Ancón , the Bridge of the Americas, the Biomuseum, the Amador Causeway, the Bay of Panama, and the modern city. Back at the square, enter the Vaults (Las Bóvedas) restaurant for a variety of exquisite French cuisine, or to sip a drink at their bar, all with the added touch of jazz music.

On A Avenue you can find restaurants for all tastes. Italian cooking is delicious at Caffe Per Due, where pizza is their specialty. If your passion is wine, right on the intersection of Avenue A with 4th Street is the wine bar Divino, an establishment dedicated to the preferred drink of the diety Bacchus. Their collection of bottles comes from the major wine-producing countries of the world, and they also recommend food pairings when tasting the different varieties of this exquisite beverage.

Also located on this avenue is a boutique called Reprosa that sells replicas of Indian jewelry.

At the broad Herrera Plaza, on weekend evenings you can listen to contemporary music and sample a range of international appetizers at Puerta de Tierra, accompanied by a glass of wine for the finishing touch on your tour of Old Town.

In Panama City's Old Town, the ancient and modern coexist in harmony, making for a pleasant and memorable visit. 


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