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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 view and vendors on upper Plaza

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... read more

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

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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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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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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Mexico City, Mexico
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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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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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