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Galería Casa Congo

A wonderful gallery with museum-quality pieces made by Panamanian photographers, crafts people and artists. Helpful displays explain the cultural background of the groups represented, including Afro-Caribbean and in…
Food in Panamá Province

Quesos Chela

The nondescript town of Capira, located 57km from Panama City, is home to this famous cheese shop. It's an institution that few Panamanian drivers can pass by without stopping in. It’s a simple shop that usually sel…
Books in David to Boquete


About halfway between David and Boquete, the small town of Dolega is home to Bookmark, a fine bookstore with new and secondhand English-language titles and obscure works. Any Boquete-bound bus can drop you off here.
Art in Portobelo

Taller Portobelo

This artist-run studio is fascinating for art and culture buffs. Resident artist Gustavo can explain the historical and cultural significance of Congo art. There may also be works for sale. It’s located behind La Mo…
Arts & Crafts in Interior Azuero

Artesanías Ocueñas

Overlooking the central plaza in Ocú is this outlet of the internationally renowned women's co-op Artesanía Ocueña. The group sells intricate montunos (men's folkloric outfits), polleras (traditional dresses from th…
Arts & Crafts in East Lemon & Chichime Cays

Venancio Restrepo

Visitors to the East Lemon Cays may be approached by a motorized dugout canoe carrying traveling master mola maker Venancio Restrepo. He carries buckets of beautiful molas (US$20 to US$80) made by himself or others.
Arts & Crafts in Interior Azuero

Elena Montilla

Elena Montilla is a nationally known maker of Panama-style hats based in Ocú; she also makes traditional pollera (traditional dress from the Península de Azuero). To visit her workshop, drive or walk north about 1km…
Arts & Crafts in Interior Azuero

Ezequela Maure

Visitors are welcome at the Ocú workshop of this nationally known maker of Panama-style hats. Drive or walk north about 1km on Av Central; if you come to a fork in the road, you’ve gone too far. Ezequela’s house is …