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Long Walk, Cheap Shopping, and Regular People

Avenida Central is LOUD, and it's typical of many city streets. The street, which is now closed to... read more

Reviewed March 21, 2018
ModAdventures
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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
No redeeming cultural value whatsoever

The equivalent of visiting a Walmart in the USA to see how regular people live. Perhaps decades ago... read more

Reviewed January 22, 2018
Rebecca B
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Six-block-long pedestrian mall that is lined with shops and restaurants.
  • Excellent13%
  • Very good32%
  • Average39%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible6%
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“casco viejo” (7 reviews)
“shoes” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed March 21, 2018

Avenida Central is LOUD, and it's typical of many city streets. The street, which is now closed to all vehicle traffic, except for cross sections, starts at the Plaza de Cinco de Mayo and leads to Casco Viejo, or the newly gentrified section of Old...More

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

The equivalent of visiting a Walmart in the USA to see how regular people live. Perhaps decades ago Avenida Central was home to traditional craft stores and fruit/food stands, but today this street is lined with appliance, electronics and cheap clothing stores. My guidebook suggested...More

2  Thank Rebecca B
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Reviewed April 27, 2017

Most of the tourist places in Panama were relatively safe although care was needed. Avendia Central is a large street that connects Casco Viejo, the Old Town with the new more modern part of Panama and some areas are run down particularly on the outskirts...More

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Reviewed April 24, 2017

Avenida Central is a long avenue connecting the old part of Panama city (Casco Viejo) with the new. From Plaza 5 de Mayo, where the last and most interesting section of Avenida Central starts, it is a pedestrian zone most of the way with many...More

2  Thank Robert937
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Reviewed October 28, 2016

I think it's not a place for tourist - especially part of Avenida Central in San Miguel. We've walked the street from market Super 99 down to Casco Viejo and it could be very scary experience for some people. San Miguel is one of the...More

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Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

This was a fun way to spend the afternoon. While the shops themselves are a bit run down, it's a cool place to hang out and pick up a bargain, or some food. There are some gems hidden in some of the stores as well....More

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Reviewed May 3, 2016

If you are a traveler from Central America this is paradise for shoppers. If you are from anywhere else in the world, you won't find much to do around here unless you are looking for night life such as casinos and that kind of staff....More

2  Thank MissDWilson
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Reviewed January 21, 2016

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.

2  Thank cubandido
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Reviewed January 16, 2016

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...More

1  Thank kc4ness
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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...More

2  Thank pasares
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empirecmontes
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Hi there, Empire! There are several places to find authentic souvenirs throughout the city, depending on what you're looking to bring back. If you're near Casco Viejo, there are several vendors selling molas, handcrafted... More
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