Panama City Journals

Panamá: The Green, the Blue, and the Feathered

A May 2008 trip to Panama City by IMSAustin

La Estancia Photo, Panama City, Panama More Photos
Quote: Five days spent in the Panama City region can provide a wonderful sense of Panama's diversity, from birds to beaches and culture to cuisine.

La Estancia

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Hotel | "The Best Little B&B in Panama City"

La Estancia Photo, Panama City, Panama
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I've only stayed in one bed and breakfast in Panamá City: La Estancia. After six nights, there's really no reason to stay anywhere else.La Estancia is located in Cerro Ancón (or Ancón Hill), a nicely forested spot in the formerly U.S.-occupied Canal Zone that is now populated by many ex-pat retirees and the current President of Panamá (Torrijo). The hill is a bit isolated and some taxi drivers may find it difficult to find, but the hill itself is a prominent icon of the city that is relatively easy to spot. Fortunately, La Estancia can provide a laminated business card with contact information and a handy map on the back to guide drivers and guests to the right place.Owned by a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 28, 2008

La Estancia
Casa 35, Calle Amelia Denis de Icaza, Quarry Heights
Cerro Ancon, Panama
(507) 314-1581

El Trapiche

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Restaurant

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El Trapiche is a family restaurant located in the El Cangrejo district of Panama City. My wife and I headed there on our first evening in the city, itching for some local cuisine. The restaurant is well known, so most taxi drivers know how to get there.The menu is casual dining, which means (as everywhere in Panama City) polo shirts or dress shirts for men and blouses or dresses for women. We were dressed more casually than this, but this is not generally a problem. The walls were also informal, covered with the occasional colorful mask or simple framed portrait. A wide-screen TV also provided our first captivating look into Panamian television. You can choose to sit inside the air-condi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2008

El Trapiche
Via Argentina, El Congrejo
Panama City
+507 269-4353

Restaurante Acqua

Restaurant

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Looking for Greek fare in Panama? Check out Acqua!Acqua is located in the Amador Causeway, the trio of man-made islands that stretch into the bay. The area caters more to tourists, but don't let that dissuade you from sampling the eateries.Acqua offers a surprising array of Mediterranean and Panamanian dishes, including paella, local fish, and pasta. My wife and I had brocheta de pollo (chicken and vegetable kebabs) and reina sofia (feta-stuffed chicken) for $15, not including tax and tip. Local brews are also $2 and are generally very light ambers. Although we weren't blown away by our meals, they were still very tasty and filling.The restaurant itself offers ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 29, 2008

Restaurante Acqua
Brisas de Amador (Amador Causeway), Isla Perico
Panama City
+507 314-3356

Las Tinajas

Restaurant

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Las Tinajas serves up good food, good cocktails, and even entertainment three nights a week (worth the extra $5 per person). Located in the financial/business district of El Cangrejo, this place is touristy, but don't let that fool you, for it serves up some tasty vittles.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2008

Las Tinajas
Calle 51 #22, Bellavista
Panama City
+507 263-7890