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Plaza de Francia

Address: Plaza de Francia | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #17 of 66 Attractions in Panama City
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Called the “French Plaza” in English, this pleasant spot offers great...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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149 reviews 149 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Interesting place when strolling arround the old city, nice views. There a some shops around and you can sit in the shade for a couple of minutes.

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Richmond, Virginia
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

It's run down, with mostlydemolished benches, hordes of scavenging birds, and many colorful down-and-outersers--all very typical in Ameica's oldest cities. But, it is also full of life, exciting, close to very cheap shopping, and excellent low-cost restaurants. A photographer's and adventure-lover's paradise.

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south carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

There are vendors all along the promenade with beautiful items for sale and you'll enjoy listening to the street musicians.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Plaza de Francia has good views over the modern and old areas of Panama City. It's a quite place where you can find several restaurants, coffee shops and handicrafts, namely some cheap panama hats. It's a must see.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is a place to go when you are in Panama. The French did influence the channel construction as they were the ones to start it, so it is good to see that there is still some grateful square devoted to France.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

From Plaza Francia you can catch a great view of modern Panama. There are old buildings and presidential palace nearby. There are arts and crafts vendors and of course, Panama hat vendors.

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

At the end of a long walk along the Costa Cintera and via Paseo de Las Bovedas, we found a bench under the tree and just sat and watched Sunday in Panama pass us by. With pleasant views of the old part of the city and cold drink vendors, we enjoyed our visit.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

If you enjoy old and historical buildings this is the place to go, from here you could have a very good nigh walk over the square and spend some time enjoying the architecture of buildings around the place. Also there's some restaurants around to have a very good dinner or some drinks.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Rampart is nicely restored. Monuments were in a state of good repair. Coffee shops we found expensive. Stalls of locally made artisan works were nicely located. Old Churches were kept in a state of good repair. Excellent view of the City.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The French square (Plaza de Francia) is an essential part of the walk at the Casco Viejo or Casco Antiguo, as it is known the Panama old town. It is a square located close to the defence system of the old town and it was done in honour to the French who started the Panama Canal. They were building the... More 

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