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Lebanese in Colón

Cafe Lebanese

If Panamanian ropa vieja (spicy shredded beef) and patacones (fried plantains) are not floating your boat after a week or so, head for this friendly eatery in the port area for a fix of meze and kafta (Lebanese-styl…
Seafood in Colón

Arrecifes

Local business owners lunch at this nondescript building in the port area cooking up good Caribbean dishes. Expect no frills and minimal views, just generous portions of Criollo-style seafood, stewed in onions, pepp…
Mall in Colón

Zona Libre

Second in size only to Hong Kong’s, Colón’s free-trade zone is a huge fortress-like area of giant international stores selling items duty free. Most stores only deal in bulk merchandise and aren’t set up to sell to …
Mall in Colón

Colon 2000

This sterile shopping and entertainment sector geared toward cruise-ship travelers sits on the east side of Colón. Though lacking in any discernible Panamanian flavor, it is safe to peruse and features a good select…