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Address: Plaza de Francia | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: Called the “French Plaza” in English, this pleasant spot offers great...
Called the “French Plaza” in English, this pleasant spot offers great views and a leisurely spot in which to purchase and savor raspados (fruity snow cones) on hot, humid days. Housed in this plaza is the elegant Instituto Nacional de Cultura (National Institute of Culture), which was among the sites used for “Quantum of Solace,” a 2008 James Bond film that supposedly took place in Bolivia and Haiti but was filmed in Panama. Formerly the Supreme Court building, the Instituto now houses a small theater and hosts cultural events.
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Very interesting and Cultural experience

Well worth the visit, behind the big protective walls on the coast. Lots of history, legends, cultures. There is a restaurant also just to the left of the plaza, an old man owns... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Well worth the visit, behind the big protective walls on the coast. Lots of history, legends, cultures. There is a restaurant also just to the left of the plaza, an old man owns and runs it. Menu looked amazing. We had already eaten but we stayed and spoke with him more than an hour. If you want a lot of... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Kinda quiet when we were there 2 days ago. Weather was overcast skies with haze so the view of the city was not as spectacular as it could be. Several stalls selling the usual trinkets and hats. Just don't take a picture of the women in their native dress or a ruckus will ensue. "Con permiso" was heard, but I... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This is a lovely square but the best part comes from on the upper walkway. From here, there is a gorgeous view of downtown Panama City, a delightful salt breeze (particularly welcome on the typical HOT days), and many vendors with (relatively) good value crafts for sale. Of course, since it is in Casco Viejo which is a tourist magnet,... More 

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Asuncion, Paraguay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

very well restructured square in the old city, definitely worth a visit. Anyway, one can't miss it...

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Panama City, Panama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This has been one of my favourite places in Panama city, even more after the "Casco Viejo" (Old Quarter) returned partially to its golden years with all the renovation of the area. Plaza de Francia is a historic place with its obelisk monument to Ferdinand de Lesseps and others who pioneered the construction of the French Canal. You can walk... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Yet another place I wasn't looking for but found while walking around. Glad I did, got some nice pictures and really enjoyed the view and street merchants on the upper terrace/plaza

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The French embassy overlooks this monument to French influence in the area. There is a great promenade that goes from here back into the old town. It has good views and there are plenty of native traders, complete with native costumes selling stuff here. It was a good spot to unwind and chill out.

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

With all the walking we did, this would be the one location I'd consider dropping from the list. I love walking, but it is very humid. Trying to stay hydrated and locate welcoming bathroom facilities is very difficult. Luckily for us, we were with a group and our tour lady would take us into shops for bathroom breaks. Items were... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

there are local people that spend the day walking you around and explaining the differente plazas and architecture, great deal and you get a real feel for the area

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The monument is at the point where water is on two sides. Offers refreshing breezes and a nice view. The French Embassy is nearby (vive la France!) and the area is well maintained and safe. Several vendors selling trinkets and knick-knacks.

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