The Top 10 Things to See and Do in Casco Viejo, Panama

Metropolitan Cathedral in Casco Viejo, Panama City | © Yari Vallarino / WikiCommons
Metropolitan Cathedral in Casco Viejo, Panama City | © Yari Vallarino / WikiCommons
Photo of Brittney Schering
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.

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

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

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


Pedro Mandinga Rum Bar | © Brittney Schering / Culture Trip

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.

Metropolitan Cathedral in Casco Viejo, Panama City | © Yari Vallarino / WikiCommons

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

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

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