The Best Traditional Panamanian Restaurants to Visit

Trapiche in Panama City | © Brittney Schering
Trapiche in Panama City | © Brittney Schering
Panama is full of incredible restaurants, many of which offer traditional Panamanian fare. Here is a list of some of Panama’s best restaurants if you are looking for a classic bowl of sancocho or any other Panamanian staple. These traditional Panamanian restaurants do not disappoint.

El Mundo del Pan

Bakery, Coffee Shop, Pastelaria, Panamanian, Pastries, Dessert, Coffee, Tea , Vegetarian
German bread rolls
German bread rolls | German bread rolls

El Mundo del Pan (world of bread) offers an incredible lunch special every day for an unbelievable low price. Along with the daily special, this neighborhood staple also offers a full list of sandwiches, or grab a fresh cup of coffee for one dollar. Many delectable pastries are on offer for less than a dollar, too. In fact, here it is possible to grab lunch for two and satisfy a sweet tooth for less than 10 dollars easily.

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Restaurante Angel

Restaurant, Spanish, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, $$$
Fine dining
Fine dining | Fine dining

This Spanish spectacle is what fine dining dreams are made of. The dishes are delectable, with seafood, European, Spanish, and Mediterranean fare on offer—there is something deliciously divine for every palate. Supreme service and delicious wine make this intimate, beautiful restaurant the perfect place for a romantic date night.

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Fonda Pritty Pritty

Restaurant, Panamanian, Chinese

For a taste of the local comida tipica, which translates to typical food, Panamanian home cooking can be found at the neighborhood fonda, frequented by locals more than tourists. Come for delicious rice, plantains, and Panama’s signature sancocho.

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Fonda Lo Que Hay

Restaurant, Panamanian, Spanish, Central American, $$$
José Carles
José Carles | Courtesy of Donde José

This affordable establishment translates to “whatever’s around,” and it is a pop-up fonda featuring comfort food from Panama’s famous chef, José Carles, of his award-winning restaurant, Donde José. While the latter is far more formal, Fonda Lo Que Hay is a great place to bring kids as it is cozy and casual.

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Donde José

Diner, Restaurant, Panamanian, South American
José Carles
José Carles | © Courtesy of Donde José

Donde José is a much talked about, extraordinary dining experience unique to Panama. Making the list of the world’s best restaurants, the meal is a 10-course, Panama-centric tasting and requires reservation as the 16-seat eatery is quickly booked months in advance. Don’t miss this.

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