Following the destruction of the old city by Henry Morgan in 1671, the Spanish moved their city 8km southwest to a rocky peninsula on...
Plaza de la Independencia
In this plaza, in the heart of Casco Viejo, Panama declared its independence from Colombia on November 3, 1903.
Palacio de las Garzas
The Palacio de las Garzas is named after the great white herons that reside here. The president of Panama lives on the upper floor.
Though they serve reasonably priced lunches (think wraps with patacones), this ultra-hip cafe-bar is best known for sunset happy hours...
A current hot spot in a new boutique hotel, this Italian-run brick bistro is all that – if you order smartly. Crusted cheese rice balls...
René Cafe information
Lonely Planet review
With an unbeatable location underneath the shadows of the Iglesia Catedral and overlooking the Plaza de la Independencia, this relative newcomer is primed to become one of the most popular restaurants in the city. Drawing on the successes of Manolo Caracol, René Cafe also offers prix-fixe five-course lunches and seven-course dinners that change daily.
However, the difference is that René emphasizes the international nature of the capital by infusing traditional Panamanian favorites with influences as broad as Pan-Asian and Continental cuisine to create some truly unique tapas.