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Avenida Central

Panama City, Panama
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36%
Ranked #43 of 67 Attractions in Panama City
Type: Malls, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Shopping
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Six-block-long pedestrian mall that is lined with shops and restaurants.
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Rochester, New York
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234 reviews 234 reviews
62 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
44 helpful votes 44 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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Panama City, Panama
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

This is the original shopping area of Panama City. It is a walk only street. There is a wide variety of shops. You can find most of the same type shops at any of the malls. The prices at Central will be better. Parking can be a problem as there are very few places to park. IF you go near... More

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Cabanas Potosi
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Avenida Central is located in the center of downtown Panama City. It has lots of traffic and many stores. If you visit this area, do so during the daytime and be careful of thieves.

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Greer, South Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

This was my second trip to Panama and second trip to Avenida Central. The cab driver couldn't imagine why two American's wanted to be taken to Avenida Central. He tried taking us every place but Avenida Central. Six years ago, there were a lot more small shops set up on the side streets with flea market and crafty items. This... More

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