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Top Choice Mediterranean in Volcán

Cerro Brujo

A gourmet restaurant in a funky country house with garden seating. The chalkboard menu offers just three or four daily options. Gregarious owner-chef Patti Miranda's mouthwatering creations use organic and local ing…
Workshop in Volcán

Arte Cruz

On the west side of Hwy 41, some 3.5km south of Volcán, you’ll spot this workshop where master carver and artist José de la Cruz González makes and sells exquisite signs, sculptures and furniture in mahogany and oth…
Italian in Volcán

La Carbonera

A surprising find some 3km along the road heading northeast to Cerro Punta, this authentic Italian eatery serves excellent pasta and pizza as well as chicken breast in white wine and pork fillet with tomato relish. …
National Park in Volcán

Área Silvestre Protegida Lagunas de Volcán

Some 4km west of Volcán, this protected area encompasses the highest lake system (1240m) in Panama. The two picturesque lakes swell in the rainy season, with lush, virgin forest at their edges and Volcán Barú in the…
International in Volcán

Cafe Volcán

This charming cafe with a long breezy terrace overlooking Volcán's main thoroughfare has a menu with Panamanian specialties, and also choices such as Romanian steak that may seem odd until you learn that owner Moren…
Panamanian in Volcán

Mana Restaurante

Not heavenly but certainly good, Mana offers an interesting menu that combines Panamanian favorites such as tostadas (toasted corn) and gallo pinto (blended rice and beans) with North American staples including hamb…
Market in Volcán

Friday Market

Held behind Mana restaurant, this weekly farmers market is a great place to stock up on picnic items. Homemade hot sauces, aged goat cheese, baked goods and homemade sausages are some of the great offerings. Or stop…
Cafe in Volcán

Black Mountain Cafe

Serving its own delicious fresh-roasted coffee, this new Spanish cafe also does great pastries, with wine, Spanish tapas and dessert for later in the day. It also has fresh juices and sells homemade bread.
Archaeological Site in Volcán

Sitio Barriles

The pre-Columbian ruins at this site 6km west of Volcán along the Río Gariche date from between AD 300 and 900, when the settlement had as many as 1000 residents. The site is on the private Finca Campestre; the owne…