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Metropolitan Cathedral in Casco Viejo, Panama City | © Yari Vallarino / WikiCommons
Metropolitan Cathedral in Casco Viejo, Panama City | © Yari Vallarino / WikiCommons
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The Top 10 Things to See and Do in Casco Viejo, Panama

Picture of Brittney Schering
Updated: 28 December 2017
Casco Viejo is a thriving hotspot – perhaps the most popular place to reside in Panama City. Full of gorgeous historical architecture and winding roads lined with lovely restaurants and cafés, Casco Viejo is also known for its nightlife in Panama City. Here is a list of the top 10 things to see and do in Casco Viejo.
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Panamanian coffee, please

Casco Viejo is home to a favored coffeehouse in Panama City, Casa Sucre. Head over for the divine Panamanian coffee and delectable food on offer. Stay for the lovely ambiance, cozy décor, and large windows for watching the passersby.

Casa Sucre, Calle 8 y Ave. B, Avenida Domingo Díaz, Panama City, Panama, +507 393 6130

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Enjoy a divine brunch

Equal parts boutique and luxury, American Trade Hotel is famous for serving a divine brunch. Among Panama City’s most elegant spaces, signature style, design, and history are breathed in the walls and unique infrastructure of this 1917 build. Culture and contemporary art make it a most popular, sophisticated destination for visitors in Panama.

American Trade Hotel, Av. Central, Panama, +507 831 2051

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Admire art while getting a buzz

Jerónimo offers an upscale art gallery and bar. This sophisticated dual-purpose watering hole is famous for hosting joint art shows and a late-night social scene simultaneously. Creative folks love Jerónimo. If you are partial to art, or the art-inclined, check this place out. Do dress to impress.

Jerónimo, Panama City, Panama, +507 834 7420

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Enjoy some afternoon rum

Pedro Mandinga Rum is another fantastic destination in Casco Viejo. What they do best is in their name – rum – though they have a full bar, list of signature cocktails, inviting happy hour, and everything they make is exceptionally tasty. The friendly staff make it even easier to sit back, relax, and enjoy your elixir as you watch the rain fall from the large, open windows.

Pedro Mandinga Rum, Avenida A. Entre Plaza Herrera y Calle 8A, Portal de Caldas, Casco Viejo, Panama, +507 391 5596

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Pedro Mandinga Rum Bar | © Brittney Schering / Culture Trip

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Shop the local art market

The incredibly eclectic, local art market Villa Agustina is also directly across the street from Pedro Mandinga. Inside are various incredible local vendors with amazing crafts and creations featured for sale, which make wonderfully precious souvenirs.

Villa Agustina, Panama City, Panama

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Have a pizza break

Barrio Pizza is a multi-cuisine pizzeria in Casco Viejo, with another location in Costa Del Este. Perfect for families, kids, groups, and walk-ins, as well as takeout and delivery, Barrio Pizza has a delectable assortment of pizzas on offer, along with the option to build your own.

Barrio Pizza, Edificio Neuman Local #1, Av Central Calle 8, Panama, +507 393 4444

Wander the wonderful, ancient architecture

Casco Viejo is free to wander the winding, narrow roads of historical architecture. With walls that whisper stories of what Panama once was and still, in some ways, remains, Casco Viejo offers a wonderful chance to dance through the magic of the streets in awe of this beautiful part of Panama City.

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Metropolitan Cathedral in Casco Viejo, Panama City | © Yari Vallarino / WikiCommons
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Dine and dance the night away

With three restaurants, a nightclub, and a gorgeous rooftop overlooking the historic district, Casa Casco is a favorite among locals and travelers. It’s an especially great spot to watch the sun go down if you get there early enough.

Casa Casco, Calle 10 Este, Panama, +507 6288 9024

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Live jazz awaits

Danilo Perez Jazz Bar is located inside the elegant American Trade Hotel, this live jazz bar offers a unique experience for music lovers who enjoy sipping signature cocktails while listening to fantastic rhythms and harmonies.

Danilo Perez Jazz Bar, Panama City, Panama, +507 211 2000

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Partake in rooftop shenanigans

At the top of an artsy boutique hotel and popular restaurant is a favorite rooftop lounge that draws crowds of locals and travelers. Tantalo was the first rooftop bar in Casco Viejo, and it is known for playing great music and offering up delicious cocktails, featuring a generous happy hour. Grab a bite to eat in the hotel restaurant and have a look at the rotating art installments.

Tantalo, Calle 8 Este con Avenida B, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama, +507 262 4030