There’s just so much to see and explore in Panama City, but without a doubt the best place to get lost and simply wander through its corners and hidden gems is the city’s most beloved neighbourhood – and home of Casco Antiguo Spanish School- Casco Viejo. After exploring its narrow streets, churches, boutique shops, squares and museums, and ready for your caffeine fix, this famed district is blessed with lots of cosy places to get you started. Here are a  few of our favourites.

1. Nomada Eatery

Nomada is right next door to Casco institution Luna’s Castle (one of the most famous hostels in the area), and therefore a hub for tourists and travellers alike. Nomada feels very hip, largely due to the funky art dazzlingly on display. From literature books glued to the bathroom walls, to a painting of a sequin hat-wearing skull, Nomada’s décor will inspire you. The menu includes a fantastic breakfast and the lunch of the day is always sizeable, varied and good value at $7.

Nomada Eatery, Calle 9na 3-28, Casco Viejo, Panamá, Panama

 7. Benissimo

Benissimo’s enchanting building just beckons you to enter when walking through Casco Viejo’s fabled cobbled streets. Once inside, you are greeted by a plethora of tantalising gelato flavours and the scent of warm waffles and fresh coffee. We dare you to resist.

Benissimo, Calle 4 y Avenida A, Casco Viejo, Panamá, Panama

3. Bajareque Coffee House

Coffee lovers will be pleased to try Bajareque’s Panamanian coffee blends, worthy of winning the Panama Brewers Cup for 2017.

Bajareque Coffee House, Calle 1era, Casco Viejo, Panamá, Panama 

4. Casa Sucre

Casa Sucre opened up in Casco Viejo over four years ago, and has established itself as one of the best (and coziest) coffee shops in the area. It also happens to be attached to a Boutique Hotel, so if you find its home comforts as inviting as we do, and don’t quite feel like leaving, checking in upstairs is a promising possibility.

Casa Sucre Coffee, Calle 8 y Ave B, Casco Viejo, Panamá, Panama

5. Café Unido

Unido is a delightful coffee shop chain with five branches dotted all over Panama City. The Casco branch is within The American Trade Hotel in Casco Viejo. Their fine brews, great service and impeccable Wi-Fi attract remote workers and people looking to while away the day blissfully.

Weekend vibes!

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Café Unido, American Trade Hotel, Plaza Herrera, Casco Viejo, Panamá, Panama

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