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Panamanian in Penonomé

Yukas Grill

This bar and grill just out of the center on the Interamericana consistently gets rated Penonomé's top restaurant. It's an asador (spit restaurant), so the beef skewers and grilled chicken are must-orders. Surprisin…
Carnival in Penonomé

Carnaval

Held during the four days preceding Ash Wednesday, Carnaval is Penonomé's red-letter event. In addition to traditional festivities such as dancing, dressing up in costumes and masks and crowning a festival queen, fl…
Burgers in Penonomé

Pits Burgers & Grill

This place in Harinos Mall just off the main drag has a comfortable, well-stocked sports bar with pool table on the ground floor, and a rooftop grill and burger restaurant with open veranda. There's a large selectio…
Feria in Penonomé

Patron's Day Festival

A big crowd-pleaser known nationwide, this festival honoring the Immaculate Conception of Mary is held on December 8 and 9 (or the following Saturday if both these dates fall on weekdays). After Mass, the faithful c…
Bakery in Penonomé

Panadería El Paisa

At the northern end of Av Juan Demóstenes Arosemena, this bakery sells wonderful cakes and sweet breads (US$1.75 to US$2.75) and has started baking pizzas in its ovens as well.
International in Penonomé

Icacos

A country restaurant in a 6.5-hectare recreational area, Icacos also has fishing, horseback riding, a working farm, a playground and an adventure park. It's ideal for families. The breezy, open-air restaurant serves…
Cathedral in Penonomé

Basilica Mayor San Juan Bautista

Dominating the central plaza, this 'major basilica' (a title bestowed on certain Roman Catholic cathedrals) stands on the site of an original 16th-century church. Most of what you see today, however, including the c…
Museum in Penonomé

Museo de Penonomé

This renovated museum housed in a beautiful blue-and-white colonial building is small but does a thorough job examining the history and traditions of Coclé and, by extension, Panama, with a surprisingly good collect…
Panamanian in Penonomé

Restaurante Gallo Pinto

One of several outlets in a growing chain, this place serves a lot more than just the eponymous national dish of Costa Rica, which is chicken with rice and red or black beans. It's self-serve comida típica (regional…
Cafe in Penonomé

Panadería y Dulcería Romellini

You wouldn't exactly write home about this cafe-bakery – even a postcard would be overkill – but it's spotless, central and dispenses delicious emparedados (sandwiches) and cakes.