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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beer Bar
“Caso Viejo...Walk an area full of colonial-style buildings. You will find great restaurants, bars, and discos. Is a place for everyone.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Close to the city and a good visitor's center to observe the operation of the locks in the Panama Canal.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A great mall with almost anything you would want or expect. Excellent shops, varied food options, a cinema with VIP screens, a supermarket, all in air conditioned comfort. The mall doesn't open until 10am, but some of the cafes are open earlier than this.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Albrook Mall is a large shopping mall and leisure complex located in Panama City, Panama. As of August 2015 it was the fourteenth largest mall in the world and the largest in the Americas.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Museum
“Retails the history of how the isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, uniting two continents, separating a vast ocean in two, and changing the planet's biodiversity forever.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Historic Site
“I used to play as a kid around the ruins, enjoying the climbing and the vibes... Not very conscious of the impact on the ruins. Today the area is enclosed, well preserved and you can really feel how was it living in this pre colonial town. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Hotel Bar
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“This is a spot that everyone knows for nightlife in Panamá. It’s got a great rooftop and good music. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“National Marine Park. Take a day-tour to Islas Zapatilla on a day when weather is clear and waves are not choppy. The tour takes you first to Dolphin Bay, then to Cayo Coral for snorkeling and a restaurant over the water, then it goes to Islas Zapatilla, which is a marine reserve. No hotels, restaurants or bars are on this island. Pristine and pure. Pick up your trash and take it with you! Avoid single-use plastic to save our precious marine life.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Zoo
“This Center is right next door to the property. It is a great way to experience and learn about the wildlife of the area.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This is a fun place. Breakfasts provided. One evening is a social evening, to which many attend. One evening is Trivia night. One morning is a market for everyone who has or makes merchandise.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“If you want to shop where Panamanians shop, this is the place. Might be a little bit expensive at times. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Building
“When you need to walk in peace and have a close encounter with nature this is one of the places to go.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“This is a beautiful area worth a visit. Take a daytrip and explore the park and the trail, preferable hiding a guide to get most out of it. You can also enjoy the lovely beaches of Manzanillo”
  • 21 locals recommend
Park
“The street between the islands in the Causeway was constructed with the land extracted in the construction of the Panama Canal”
  • 19 locals recommend
Paella Restaurant
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“A well known stop to many travelers with what some will consider the best paellas in Panama. Quite an extensive menu to choose from. Fun dessert with crepe/ice cream/fire!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Lodging
“There are a variety of options for watching sports games, outdoor terraces, and shopping. The Hardrock hotel has a fantastic rooftop terrace as well.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Hotel Bar
“This is a spot that everyone knows for nightlife in Panamá. It’s got a great rooftop and good music. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“This is a fun place. Breakfasts provided. One evening is a social evening, to which many attend. One evening is Trivia night. One morning is a market for everyone who has or makes merchandise.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Paella Restaurant
“A well known stop to many travelers with what some will consider the best paellas in Panama. Quite an extensive menu to choose from. Fun dessert with crepe/ice cream/fire!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
“Because is quite simply the best to enjoy the sunset or dinner. The location, the vibe, the service, the art, the decor, everything about it is high end. Is on the pricier side of the spectrum but is worth it and its certainly affordable. lots of vegetation inside which the sloths LOVE so there's always a few hanging around. Is my go-to in puerto viejo at night.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Other Nightlife
“Building five restaurants, one on each floor and a nice rooftop bar with spectacular views of the old town and the ocean!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is the best Italian restaurant in Panama. The owners are awesome, and the food and wine are great. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Perfect choice for breakfast with the perfect coffee. There are many healthy options and the food is fantastic. You have to try the pancakes and the waffles. Also is vegan-friendly.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious antipasto and excellent service. Go earlier though the restaurant is open later but tends to fill up. ”
  • 7 locals recommend

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