Panama City restaurants

Top Choice Panamanian in Panama City

Lo Que Hay

Neighborhood fondas (cheap restaurants) serve cheap Panamanian classics, but this one – by Panama's top chef – delivers a massive twist. Sexy rice (concolón) has a crust of crisp perfection, served with smoked tomat…
Top Choice Panamanian in Panama City

Donde José

Elevating humble Panamanian staples to haute cuisine, this 16-seat eatery is Panama's hottest reservation. Chef Jose prepares ñandu beans (native black beans), crisp, tender pork and ñame (an indigenous tuber) in …
Top Choice 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…
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

With the cheeriest staff around, Super Gourmet is a favorite of both locals and travelers. Stop by the air-conditioned cafe for traditional soups, fresh tropical juices or a baguette deli sandwich done American styl…
Top Choice Japanese in Panama City

Hikaru

For authentic Japanese food prepared by a Tokyo chef, this unassuming alleyside restaurant is pay dirt. While Hikaru serves good sushi and sashimi, you would be amiss not to sample the ramen noodles, prepared in a c…
Top Choice Fusion in Panama City

Ochoymedio

Under hanging vines and fairy lights, this gastronomical garden by Michelin-starred chef Andres Madrigal is romance incarnate. Start with a tropical-style lychee ceviche. Keep it fresh and light with an arugula sala…
Top Choice Market in Panama City

Mercado de Mariscos

Get your seafood fix above a bustling fish market. Come early, as service at peak time is painfully slow. Gems include whole fried fish and cavernous bowls of ‘Get Up Lazarus’ soup (a sure hangover cure). Outside, s…
Cafe in Panama City

Tropical Chocolate Cafe

With red velvet chairs and lush tropical-themed wallpaper, this button-cute chocolate shop and cafe serves beautifully adorned natural bonbons: 100% Panamanian chocolate meets local pineapple, chili and cilantro. Co…
Cafe in Panama City

Botanica

An Instagram darling, this clean-style eatery from Mario Castrellon caters to gourmet tastes on a budget. Think bubbly pizza topped with lobster or manchego cheese and greens, tropical salads from the house garden a…