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Things to do in Panama City

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.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The Panama Canal is an interoceanic navigation route between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean that crosses the Isthmus of Panama at its narrowest point, whose length is 82 km.1 Considered as one of the great works of world engineering of the twentieth century”
  • 46 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Upscale shopping mall of more than 150 stores, 50 name-brand shops, 30 restaurants. supermarket, and cinemas.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“People come from all over for better price and the variety of brands and products.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Museum
“The Biomuseo is Panama City’s most renowned museum. Located in the exclusive area of Amador, it was designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry, and is made up of eight galleries that focus on the origins of the Panamanian isthmus and its impact on the planet’s biodiversity. After visiting the museum, take a short walk in the Garden of Biodiversity and enjoy the quiet away from the chaos of the city.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The city of Panama was founded in 1519 by Spanish conqueror Pedro Arias de Ávila, and became the first European settlement along the Pacific shore. Panama prospered for over 150 years under the rule of Spain, thanks to the export of Peruvian gold and silver to Europe, though the city was subsequently sacked and relocated to what is today known as Casco Viejo. Though much of the ancient town is buried, the ruins of Panama Viejo, a UNESCO heritage site, is the oldest monument you will find in Panama City.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Hotel Bar
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“great food great service and one of the first rooftop in the area with a great View”
  • 24 locals recommend
Building
“Metropolitan Nature Park is the nearest protected area to Panama City, though easily accessible, The park is best enjoyed with a Naturalist guide, We offer a led Metropolitan Park Exploration, in our experience section. Led by a Renowned Naturalist Guide.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“If you want to shop where Panamanians shop, this is the place. Might be a little bit expensive at times. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Great spot to walk and to enjoy the sun in the most modern part of the city”
  • 16 locals recommend
Transportation
“The mall is less than a block away. It has bars, movie theatre, casino, the Hard Rock hotel right next to it, the Megapolis Convention Center on top and stores. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“The street between the islands in the Causeway was constructed with the land extracted in the construction of the Panama Canal”
  • 21 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“These are the ruins from Panama's first city. It is a historic preservation site with a remarkable view of the coastal belt (Costa Cintera) and the city. It also boasts a fantastic museum that provides a lot of historic information about Panamanian culture. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Wide pedestrian corridor with sea side to side to go walking at sunset and enjoy the wind and sound of palm trees.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Entertainment
“To delve a bit deeper into the history of the Panams Canal, head over to Miraflores Visitor Center. It’s a four-story museum that offers a close-up view of the Miraflores locks as well a chance to see the ships as they transit the locks.. Plus, many of the exhibits are interactive, which makes this a great place to take the kids. The museum is affordable, with all-inclusive tickets priced under $15, and they offer information in both Spanish and English. For those interested in the Panama Canal, the Miraflores Visitor Center is a must-see.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“One of the nearest supermarkets. It has a wide variety of high and medium quality food and supplies. It also has a farmacy”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Hotel Bar
“great food great service and one of the first rooftop in the area with a great View”
  • 24 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
Latin American Restaurant
“Buen Lugar para probar nuestra comida típica en un ambiente acogedor. Su decoración representa nuestra cultura. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Nación Sushi: Este tambien es de sushi solo que a un precio más accesible. Tiene variedad de platos y opciones la carta...el sushi es más comercial. No encontraras tantas opciones extravagantes jaja.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Until midnight Casa Jaguar serves as a restaurant. But when the clock strikes midnight the place turns into a massive electronic Dance Hall. Perfect for EDM Lovers!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“La mejor gastronomía, Libanesa , la ambientación es muy agradable. todos los días shows en vivo ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Great argentinian restaurant just around the corner!! Great for meetings and lively place on wednesdays through the weekend! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Donde José provides one of the most unique culinary experiences you can have in Panama City with an intimate maximum 16-person seating per meal. They focus on using local Panamanian ingredients and dishes and come out with a new set menu every few months.”
  • 9 locals recommend

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