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Address: Plaza de Francia | Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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Nice water view and plaza

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... read more

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

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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Munster, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The monument located here to the French presence at the time of the Panama Canal's creation is memorable and located in a pretty plaza at the Pacific's edge. The monument itself is topped with the French symbol of the rooster, and is tall and impressive. Lots of locals who also serve as self-appointed guides may surround you here, offering their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Definitely one place you want to visit in Casco Viejo. In this area it is pretty safe. Also you have places to buy souvenirs and a cool drink. You see all of Panama, the skyline and The Bridge of The Americas here. Once in a while you can find a guy here who for a few dollars will talk about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

They have nive views from New city, all kind of artesanies, nice walk, you can take nice pictures, buy stuff form the Kune

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Seminole, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Craft vendors set up tables on the prominade around the waterfront. Best local restaurant in Casco Viejo: Cafe Rene.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Plaza de Francia is at the tip of the old town (Casco Antiguo). There's a seaside walk just above it where you can buy "molas" (patterned cloths) from indigenous people, and the French Embassy and the theatre are on the Plaza. The star attraction is the pelicans who wheel around and come in to land on a huge tree (not... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you're staying in Casco Viejo, go by this plaza early in the morning, say before 8 am, to check out all the birds in the trees. I especially enjoyed the pelican tree.

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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We visited the plaza before an early dinner in Old Town on Sunday. We were amazed by this large tree dominating the plaza filled with Pelicans. We returned later in the week to have found half of the tree had been removed. Liked it better the original way. Walkway provides a pretty view of new Panama City.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This plaza is really charming with beautiful trees, and tons of birds. The sound is so wonderful, I wish we could have bottled it. If you walk up the steps behind the plaza, you can get a great view of the ships waiting to enter the canal. The artisans' area is behind this plaza and is fun to walk through.... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We walked the outer walk way around the Casco Viejo just before dinner and loved the many spectacular views out towards the high rise buildings and lights at night of Pansma's skyline. At the outer end, the Plaza de Francia is a lovely, historic stop. The French Embassy is near the plaza. Both are testaments to the early French attempts... More 

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