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Top Choice Italian in Pedasí

Segreto

Pedasí's best (some might stop there) Italian restaurant is set in what feels like a glassed-in conservatory. There are more complex secondi (main courses) with usually three meat and three fish dishes, but most com…
Panamanian in Pedasí

Fonda Mama Fefa

Matriarch of Creole cooking, Mama Fefa usually runs out of lunch by noon (though you can linger longer). Cheap and cheerful, these huge comidas típicas (regional specialties) include meat or fish, rice, salad and a …
Fiesta in Pedasí

Desfile de Carretas

This rather unusual festival in late October sees bullock carts and young women dressed in polleras parading up and down Av Central. There's lots of merrymaking, with the highlight being the inevitable coronation of…
Cafe in Pedasí

Bakery

Known for exquisite breakfasts (US$4 to US$6.50) with homemade wheat or sourdough bread and organic coffee, this Israeli-run Pedasí institution does a brisk business. In addition to breakfasts, you can order sandwic…
American in Pedasí

Restaurante Smiley's

Catering largely to expats, this friendly bar-restaurant serves up grilled fish, ribs and deli sandwiches (US$5 to US$7.50), including minced BBQ pork. There's also good live music on Tuesday and Friday nights, spor…
Seafood in Pedasí

Isla Iguana

For filling seafood that won't break the bank, try this roadside restaurant that somehow manages the atmosphere of a friendly truck stop. Try the ceviche (citrus-cured seafood; a specialty) and the sea bass. It's at…
Pizza in Pedasí

Bohemia Pizzeria Restaurante

Many punters swear by the pasta at this rustic little place at the southern end of town, but we come here for the pizzas, arguably the best in town. Friendly staff and good service.
Bakery in Pedasí

Dalila Cafe

This cake shop on a side street off Av Central is not the institution it once was, but the cakes are still good, the empanadas filling and the sandwiches tasty. While you’re here, try chicheme (a concoction of milk,…
Pizza in Pedasí

Pizzeria Tiesto

With brick-oven pizzas topped with local cheese and tasty chicken tacos, this plaza-front Panamanian cafe on the southeast corner of the main square proves a magnet for locals and backpackers alike. Sweets include o…
Feria in Pedasí

Fiestas Patronales de Santa Catalina

The feast day of St Catherine, patron of Pedasí, is celebrated over two days in late November.