San Francisco is a chic metropolis area in Panama City—a signature staple to entertainment as well as the food scene. San Francisco offers one of the most prestigious shopping malls of the city, as well as a major movie theater. Foodies can find eateries of all levels, from food trucks to fine dining. But there’s more to this neighborhood than food. Here are the 10 best things to do in the area.
Start the day with a latte
Coffee culture is alive and well in Panama City, and Leto carries the torch as the city’s first artisanal coffee brew bar. Leto lets coffee lovers connect over what they call the ideal cup of coffee, while simultaneously representing Panama in the world championship of baristas. An environment that is part modern, part rustic, and service sure to please patrons, Leto cares about the authenticity of every cup of coffee they brew, and it shows in the quality and integrity of every cup, be it a pour over, matcha latte, cappuccino, or whatever else the customer may think up. Leto makes revolutionizing coffee possible.
Go vintage shopping
Thrift stores are not as common in Panama as they are in other parts of the world, but San Francisco is home to the unique consignment shop called Promises. This luxury-only boutique is charity-based in the way that every item for sale—clothing, shoes, jewelry—is linked to a nonprofit organization. In this way, each purchase is a direct donation to the designated nonprofit or charity group. Not only can customers feel good about buying designer items for bargain prices, they can feel even better about their retail therapy as it serves a greater purpose—one of charity. How is that for a guilt-free shopping spree?
Catch a movie at the cinema
Moviegoing is an experience made unique with a new environment. Cinema lovers ought to catch a film at the Cinepolis theater inside the mega shopping mall known as Multiplaza in San Francisco. Be careful to choose the correct type of movie—subtitles or dubbed—per your viewing preference.
Grab a fresh artisan snack or sweet
While inside Multiplaza, take the opportunity to walk the major upscale shopping mall of more than 150 stores, 50 name-brand shops, and 30 restaurants. Stop for a special snack at Athanasiou, the European eatery that is equal parts bakery, delicatessen, and cafeteria, which originated in Greece. The exquisite array of fresh-baked desserts and savory snacks is sure to please even the pickiest, most particular palate with confidence. Athanasiou’s beverage selection features fresh-pressed juices and a divine coffee selection.
Experience a free meditation event
Every month, El Arte de Vivir (The Art of Living) hosts a free, full moon meditation event. Everyone from the curious to beginners and utmost experts are encouraged to attend this incredibly powerful evening of meditation. World-renowned ambassador of peace and humanitarian leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founded this sacred space in 1981, and it has since spread to 151 countries.
Happy hour awaits
Istmo Brew Pub is the go-to bar of choice for a quick beer to start the evening or to wind down after a long day. Offering a chill environment with a nice outdoor terrace to watch the buzz of the city, Istmo is a classic watering hole of Panama with an impressive beer list.
Indulge with a signature milkshake at Roadsters Diner
This ’50s-style American diner is a staple in San Francisco, with milkshakes as their bread and butter. However, come with an appetite and find breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the menu, too, similar to that of a traditional diner in America. Roadsters’ décor feels like something out of the movie Grease, with records and mementos reminiscent of the 1950s. Waitresses dress the part in poodle skirts, offering a unique, nostalgic dining experience, and a favorite for visitors and locals alike.
Walk off all that food in Parque Omar
The biggest park in the city, Parque Omar offers a natural retreat for visitors of all ages, from children to elderly. The park is constantly featuring free events for the whole family, as well as exercise classes of all types, from yoga and pilates to Zumba. Many folks walk the park just to admire the greenery and catch a glimpse of the activities underway. Whatever the reason for visiting, Parque Omar is sure to please.
Food trucks for days
Most food trucks to take up residence in Panama City have decided to park in San Francisco. The most famous truck is Esa Flaca Rica, which almost always has a line of hungry folks eager to feast. Check it out for their signature burger. A few other grub trucks in San Francisco include Anti-Burger, Pig Backside, What Da Fork, and The Smoke Truck. Each food truck offers its own unique taste for foodies to explore.
Atlapa Convention Center
Most major events held in Panama City are hosted at the Atlapa Convention Center. From fashion shows such as Fashion Week Panama to technology exhibits, food festivals, and concerts, if it’s a major event happening in Panama, it’s likely being held at Atlapa.