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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
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
History Museum
“Located in an emblematic building in the heart of Casco Viejo, the Interoceanic Canal Museum reveals the tumultuous history of the construction of the Panama Canal. A collection of objects and materials reveal the technology and functioning of this engineering marvel that has been called by many “the Eighth Wonder of the World”.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Other Nightlife
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“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
Bakery
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“Casco Viejo is Panama City’s old district, which dates back to the 17th century. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is constantly undergoing restoration. Yet, part of its charm is the crumbling almost ruinous feel of Casco Viejo’s colorful colonial architecture, which in this regard makes them much like the buildings of Venice. Nowadays, the area is populated with trendy cafes, shops, and wine bars. Here, too, are several remarkable old churches and other structures of historical significance. It is even possible to see the ruins of the city after the Governor burned it down to prevent it from getting looted by pirates.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Entertainment
“This place is super fun on the weekends! Loads of young people enjoying themselves”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
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“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
“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
Bar
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“This was one of the first really good bars in Casco to open, and it’s still a popular place to go. It’s located on the bottom floor of Luna’s Castle Hostel with a large outdoor terrace and a cave-like indoor bar. Relic usually has a good mix of backpackers, foreigners, and locals. It gets extremely crowded on Friday and Saturday so if you want a more chill atmosphere to go on Thursday. Free cover here.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“I always go on this nice terrasse ideally located in casco for a drink or a bite!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“it´s a deli with decent food and great coffee... though a bit overpriced. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Try some beers at this craft brewery, which you're sure to pass on your way to the City, Cinta Costera or the Mercado.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Love their tapas and food is great. Recommended, one of local´s favorite restaurants”
  • 2 locals recommend
Roof Deck
“Very hip, very good food, expensive. Ask for a rooftop table, try to get there before sundown.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“Haute cuisine. Must make reservations well in advance. If too busy at night, try it for lunch, or squeeze in at the bar where they will serve you dinner as well.”
  • 5 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
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
“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
Restaurant
“it´s a deli with decent food and great coffee... though a bit overpriced. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Love their tapas and food is great. Recommended, one of local´s favorite restaurants”
  • 2 locals recommend
Roof Deck
“Very hip, very good food, expensive. Ask for a rooftop table, try to get there before sundown.”
  • 8 locals recommend

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