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Address: Panama City, Panama
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Six-block-long pedestrian mall that is lined with shops and restaurants.

Six-block-long pedestrian mall that is lined with shops and restaurants.

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Fun to walk

I think it's fun to walk if you have time, but there are other things you should do in the city in Panama. The street is very dirty, the sun is hot but it's cool to get the local... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Montreal, Canada

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Montreal, Canada
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50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This so called pedestrian Mercado was quite useless. Mostly furniture stores, a few Clothing stores, not really colorful or lively. Don't waste your time.

Thank cubandido
Green Valley, Arizona
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58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent a little over a week in this area and mostly walked around and looked and observed among other things I checked out places to eat - window shopping - casinos. It was very quiet on one Sunday and so I watched some young skateboarders with a small video recorder trying to get some tricks on the camera. They... More 

Thank kc4ness
Montreal, Canada
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48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I think it's fun to walk if you have time, but there are other things you should do in the city in Panama. The street is very dirty, the sun is hot but it's cool to get the local vibe. Don't think you'll buy any souvenirs there though.

Thank pasares
Berlin, Maryland
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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!

1 Thank Oper8bsn
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2,582 reviews
1,385 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,277 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank HelenaGuerra
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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 

8 Thank darrentravel
Rochester, New York
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313 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 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 

4 Thank Travelpapi153
Pedasi, Panama
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121 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 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.

2 Thank PedasiPundit
Miami, Florida, United States
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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 

3 Thank Angela C
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63 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 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 

2 Thank Trace299

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