As popular as El Cangrejo is in Panama City, it makes sense that it is home to the restaurant row of Panama City known as Via Argentina. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and from whatever region of the world, here are the best eateries in El Cangrejo.
El Mundo del Pan (world of bread) offers an incredible lunch special every day for an unbelievably low price. Along with the daily special, this neighborhood staple also offers a full list of sandwiches. 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.
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.
Arguably the most delicious sushi on offer in all of Panama City, Tsugoi is an Asian restaurant and lounge with a giant menu of amazing sushi on offer, as well as an equally large drinks menu. Tsugoi always has a great special of the day, and the service is unbeatable.
Avatar Indian Cuisine is on Via Argentina. With a very large menu catering to all diet preferences, they fabulously distinguish the types—with a page of vegetarian fare, a page for seafood, and pages for meat-eaters who eat pork, for those who prefer chicken, etc. The organized, long, and detailed menu is beautiful and easy to navigate by preference.
Bottomless coffee and freshly-baked bagels make a divine combination at New York Bagel Café. This conveniently-located café is a praised staple among locals, visitors, and expats alike. The menu also offers a full list of breakfast options, from the incredibly delectable French toast to delicious omelets. Lunch items range from phenomenal fresh salads to burgers to the Panamanian favorite, Sancocho. Everyone loves New York Bagel Café.
Located where Via Veneto ends, and Via Argentina begins is the authentic Italian pizzeria that is always busy with happy people eating all the pizza. Always made with only the freshest, high-quality ingredients, Speedy Pizza gets the pie to you fast, and it is as affordable as it is delicious. Nothing tops Speedy Pizza.
El Caribe offers a Caribbean twist on traditional Panamanian fare. The ambiance is warm and cozy, the food is fresh and deliciously seasoned to taste, and the signature cocktails are some of the best you’ll find in Panama City. El Caribe is a gem on all levels.
A café fit for any meal of the day, Churreria Manolo gives a generous pour for wine lovers and serves the most divine, freshly-baked churros. Come for coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, and you’re sure to leave satisfied.
Del Prado is a popular 24-hour diner with a menu so diverse, it’s possible to visit several times without ever having the same thing twice. Del Prado’s specialty list includes a selection of fresh and frothy fruit juices.