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Top Choice Museum in Panama City

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

This wonderful privately owned museum features the best collection of Panamanian art anywhere, an excellent collection of works on paper by Latin American artists, and the occasional temporary exhibition by a foreig…
Top Choice Museum in Panama City


Celebrating Panama as the land bridge that has permitted astonishing biodiversity in the region, this museum is a visual feast. World-renowned architect Frank Gehry, who created the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (Spai…
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 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…
Top Choice Art in Panama City


An excellent place to find original Guna embroidery with modern designs and Congo art from Portobelo, with artisans working on site. Karavan commissions local artists and works closely to develop new talent.
Top Choice Panamanian in Panama City


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 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 Indian in Panama City


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 Spanish in Panama City


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…
Panamanian in Panama City

Café Coca Cola

A neighborhood institution, this old-school diner comes complete with chess-playing señoras and no-nonsense waitresses. TVs broadcasting soccer matches seal its status as working-class hangout. Of course, the real r…