36 hrs in Panama City, PN; Intercontinental Playa Bonita
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 20, 2012 11:02 AM Last Post By: ZZZAPATO
Nov 15, 2012 11:04 AM
36 hrs in Panama City, PN; Intercontinental Playa BonitaHi! We're stopping over coming back from Paraguay, and we've got award reservations at the Intercontinental Playa Bonita. We're renting a van to get us down there (my wife and I and 3 kids), and we're there Dec 24-25. Any places for food around there? We'd prefer to not have PB&J for Christmas Eve meal (!), or pay $75 at the hotel. Restaurants? Grocery stores? Any recommendations?
Nov 16, 2012 7:48 AM
find below some suggestions from the places I tried when I went a year ago
In El Cangrejo area and Amador Causeway there are plenty of good restaurants, prices are around US$25 to 30 the most expensive ones we tried
Parrillada Martin Fierro
Reputed argentinian style restaurant in El Cangrejo area. The meat was excellent, very much in argentinian tradition (thick cut but tender and tasty) and the decoration and service were very good as well. A bit pricey, US$31 per person, but worth it if you are in meatty mood.
Leños & Carbón
Very popular grill-restaurant with a big terrace in one of the islands of Amador Causeway. The food, mostly the meat, was really good, with big portions. Definitely recommended. We paid US$30 per person drinking and eating in abundance.
Sportsbar type grill off Via España. It is a popular chain where people go to watch football games, we tried the ViaPorras venue. Food was not too good and atmosphere was very noisy. Inexpensive (US$13 per person with a few beers). Not specially recommended unless interested in watching a sport event.
Pizzeria La Forchetta
Great location in the heart of Casco Viejo, facing Cathedral Square and the Cathedral herself. Food was excellent, specially the ravioli. The venue was beautifully decorated. Recommended.
Mercado de Marisco
The Panama City fish market has a bar/restaurant in the second floor. We decided to go there as everybody recommended it to us. The place itself is very nice and authentic: as the building is wide open you can see the fish stalls and the crowds doing their daily shopping from the restaurant area . But the food was a disappointment. Tried ceviche, octopus, fresh fish and pasta&seafood and in general it was way below our expectations. Worth going to the place, maybe we were just unlucky with our orders.
Some local people recommended us this ice-cream deli that makes artisan products. They were really good. It is located at the heart of the Casco Viejo.
Nov 19, 2012 1:01 PM
Nov 19, 2012 1:03 PM
Nov 19, 2012 6:36 PM
4All of those are a long way from Playa Bonita, though.
I can list several good places in the El Cangrejo area, but I don't know anything the other side of the canal. OP - if you are going to venture into town, you might be better off with taxis.
PS ZZZAPA - which Super 99 - I think there are at least two in Via Porras !! Do you mean the one a block over from Via Brasil, or the one down the far end close to the Sheraton ?
Nov 20, 2012 3:21 AM
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