Top things to do in Panama City

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 Museum in Panama City

BioMuseo

Celebrating Panama as the land bridge that has permitted astonishing biodiversity in the region, this world-class museum is a visual feast. Exhibits tell the story of Panama's rich biodiversity through engaging, ove…
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…
Top Choice Art in Panama City

Karavan

An excellent place to find original Guna embroidery with modern designs and Congo art from Portobelo, Karavan commissions local artists, works closely to develop new talent and recovers endangered culture and arts t…