Panama City has been a UNESCO Creative City in Gastronomy since 2017, and for good reason. Foodie or not, you’ll want to experience the uniquely Panamanian cuisine, comprising flavors, dishes and ingredients from Panama’s African, Spanish and Native influences. For some of the best restaurants in the city, head to UNESCO World Heritage site, Casco Antiguo. This is where the country’s traditions collide to give you the best of Panamanian cuisine made by world-class chefs.
While you’re in town, make sure to try the Ceviche. This classic seafood dish is made of raw fish cured in citrus juices and spiced with chili peppers. For something hardier, ask for the Ropa Vieja—a spiced beef dish, or the traditional Panamanian soup known as Sancocho. Breakfast in Panama usually means eggs, meat, tortilla, fruit and coffee, but if you want something sweeter, get some Hojaldras—a kind of fried bread sprinkled with powdered sugar. For snacks and side dishes you can’t go wrong with Yuca Frita (yuca fries,) or the delicious twice-fried plantains, known as Tostones. And of course, plan to enjoy plenty of delicious seafood and tropical fruit while visiting Panama.