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Avenida Central

Malls, Landmarks & points of interest, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
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Address: Panama City, Panama
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping
Description: Six-block-long pedestrian mall that is lined with shops and restaurants.

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Experience locals as they shop for goods from China

Make sure you do not need to use the restroom! If you do, you must walk to the end and go into a nice restaurant in Casco Antiguo (and have lunch). Brick patterned roads in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2015
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Berlin, Maryland
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Berlin, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Make sure you do not need to use the restroom! If you do, you must walk to the end and go into a nice restaurant in Casco Antiguo (and have lunch). Brick patterned roads in Casco mean "safety" and access to delightful food and clean restrooms!

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

We walked through Avenida Central to get a bus back to the airport. It's a busy avenue, with lots of traffic and pedestrians. It's not an attraction unless you want to check local markets.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I read in one of my Travel Guides that " Avenida Central has little or nothing for the average tourist " . Well I completely disagree. If you like a bargain & lets face it who doesn't Avenida Central is a definite must visit. I know it has been widely stated you can buy various items of clothing for about... More 

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Rochester, New York
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157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and I love to shop and peruse our way through local markets and Avenida Central was a fun, interesting slice of Panama City. I suggest going there during the day and on Sunday as the street is blocked off the closer you get to Casco Viejo. Ask the cabbie to drop you off where the market/stores begin--you will... More 

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Pedasi, Panama
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15 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

It was good to go once, but will not go back again. Not really a tourist attraction, mainly a great place for the average Panamanian to shop. Cheap prices and lots of choice. Good fruits and vegetables in the center of the street and very good prices, much better quality and prices than most of the markets.

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Miami, Florida, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This street used to be one of the busiest street in Panama, where everyone went to shop, before anyone knew the meaning of shopping malls. Carnival Parades went through this street, so did Independence day parade. It was not a Pedestrian street 30 to 40 years ago. Most buildings used to have a balcony overlooking the streets. Families gathered to... More 

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Tobago
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30 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I liked it here. The street needs a lot of repairs, pigeons are being fed everywhere, but it was the people that made it interesting. If you walk through Casco Viejo a mere five minute walk away you see predominantly tourists, but in Avenida Central, most people you see are locals. They are selling their wares and their plaintains. They... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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53 reviews 53 reviews
38 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

It is quite messy and dirty, but I like to see the local people. There is a postoffice there if anyone is interested, around Calle 30th. The opposite side of the road there is a big church. It took me long time to find it, but the local people are friendly for asking direction.

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Tampa, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This avenue is closed to traffic which makes it an easy walk, that is after you have parked your car blocks away. I go to central avenue to purchase all my sewing goods to take back to the states. Good quilting fabrics for $2.99 a yard or less. And the fabric is sometimes 96 inches wide. Spools of machine embroidery... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

More than 30 years ago, this used to be the hip area of the city where people all over the country come to shop. Nowadays it is a place to get cheap merchandise. The place has not changed much other than looking old.

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