Restaurants

Top Choice Panamanian in Panama City

Donde José

Elevating humble Panamanian staples to haute cuisine, this four-table eatery is Panama's hottest reservation, though overpriced. Chef Jose prepares ñandu beans (native black beans), crisp, tender pork and ñame (an…
Top Choice Spanish in Panama City

Madrigal

Pure delight, this upscale eatery from Michelin-starred chef Andrés Madrigal has a fetish for details. Start with sea-bass ceviche (citrus-cured seafood) with coconut foam, slivers of hot pepper and passionfruit mou…
Top Choice Indian in Panama City

Avatar

Serving rich kormas, fragrant rice and complex curries in a swanky piano bar, Avatar is sheer delight for spice enthusiasts. Southern Indian cuisine is the house specialty, though if you want it really hot you will …
Top Choice Market in Panama City

Mercado de Mariscos

Above a bustling fish market, this unassuming restaurant is the place to get your seafood fix. Come early as service at peak time is painfully slow. Gems include whole fried fish and cavernous bowls of ‘Get Up Lazar…
Top Choice Panamanian in Panama City

Maito

With style and pedigree, Maito toys with the classics, folding in everyday Caribbean, Latin and Chinese influences. While results are mixed, it's still worthwhile. Start with a watermelon Waldorf salad. Ribs glazed …
Top Choice Deli in Panama City

Super Gourmet

Stocking gourmet goods that range from wine to wasabi peas, this is the perfect pre-picnic stop. You can also grab soup, natural juices or a baguette deli sandwich with roasted chicken and peppers, pastrami or three…
Gelato in Panama City

Granclement

Pure pleasure defines these intense tropical-fruit gelatos and rich, creamy flavors such as coffee, orange-chocolate and ginger. A few scoops of these fussy French creations will sweeten a leisurely stroll through t…
Fusion in Panama City

Ocho y Media

Run by the same team behind Madrigal, one of Panama’s top restaurants, is this convivial fine-dining option in Casco Viejo. The food is top-notch, which is not surprising given that the chef, Andres Madrigal, is Mic…
Seafood in Panama City

The Fish Market

Hidden behind the colonial façade of a derelict building in Casco Viejo is Fish Market, a fun and friendly eatery that serves the best fish tacos in town. Open for dinner only, diners queue for a seat at one of the …
Thai in Panama City

Sukhi

A casual and cheerful cafe offering lovely – though not the most authentic – Southeast Asian food. Portions run small. Start with the fried calamari with ginger-cilantro dipping sauce. Flavors pop in the green-bean …