Avenida Central

Avenida Central, Panama City: Address, Phone Number, Avenida Central Reviews: 3.5/5

Avenida Central
3.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Shopping Malls
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Six-block-long pedestrian mall that is lined with shops and restaurants.
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2-3 hours
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3.5
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wonderful2day2
San Carlos, Panama6 contributions
Avienda Central
Dec 2019
If you want a taste of Panama City, this local area has a lot of history. The shops are not fancy but is a nice stroll on a street that is closed off to traffic for nice stroll. Near to Casco Viejo. Easy walk from Cinco De Mayo subway
Written October 12, 2020
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Starla34
3 contributions
Shopping street/ avenida central
Dec 2019 • Solo
It is long n worth the walk. Got most my bras from a store very close to titans....was the most variety for my size...I wear 36dd. There are like 3 clothing stores b4 titans...really worth going to...most reviews online said to expect characters....everyone was friendly...but I did try to fit in as much as possible...dressing like I lived there and not speaking unless necessary...as i didn't know much Spanish...enjoyed the trip !
Written December 31, 2019
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Sophie
22 contributions
Nothins to write home about!!!
Mar 2019
I honestly do not recommend to take precious holiday time to go there. Really nothing to see, except some super cheap local shops. To me it was a little scary... Would never go there late at night as it feel dangerous... Avoid if possible.
Written August 6, 2019
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haktus
Zurich, Switzerland1,235 contributions
giving you a picture of the variety
May 2019 • Family
I guess the majority of Panama City people shop "like" here and the shops, the street give you an impression of a very different face of Panama city, besides the skyscrapers and the polished (to be) Casco viejo. So stroll up or down here to get a glimpse of real life.
Written May 8, 2019
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Marline M
Toronto, Canada18 contributions
Awful place
Feb 2019 • Couples
Based on online reviews decided to try and search for local artisans in the area. Big mistake. The stores were full of cheap 'dollar store type' merchandise. The locals did not give off a vibe of friendliness and we also observed a lot of police and security personnel walking around and or stationed in front of banks. Depressing and run down area. Needs complete overhaul and the installation of local artisans. This pedestrian mall should not be recommended for tourists.
Written February 18, 2019
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,371 contributions
Sketchy
Jan 2019 • Solo
Not quite sure why someone decided to put this on Tripadvisor. This is simply a pedestrian street where locals shop and eat. It is located close to Casco Viejo (if you’re walking from the nearby metro station, you’ll need to pass through here to get to CV). This area is 180 degrees from central Panama City. I felt like I stood out like a sore thumb here. Very sketchy area and some shady looking characters lurking about. I would only walk here during daytime hours.
Written January 28, 2019
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Perry Grinate
Ashby de la Zouch, UK710 contributions
Shop with the locals - great atmosphere
Nov 2018
If you like busy local shopping areas with lots going on, this is for you. get off at the 5 May metro station. Afterwards visit the nearby Mercado Artesianas to buy local goods at a fraction of Old Town prices
Written November 29, 2018
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Curtez151
Santiago, Chile5,170 contributions
Why is this on TripAdvisor?
Jul 2018 • Solo
Not sure why this place is even on TripAdvisor. It is a place where regular people work/live/shop. Nothing trip-worthy here in my opinion. Just beyond average. Normal day-to-day living occurs here.
Written August 21, 2018
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ModAdventures
Stroudsburg, PA102 contributions
Long Walk, Cheap Shopping, and Regular People
Mar 2018 • Family
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 Panama, home to trendy eateries and chic boutique hotels.

The area is gritty and authentic - this is where city residents for ages have shopped before El Dorado, Albrook, and AltaPlaza Malls were ever conceived. The street is lined with one discount store after another, jewelry and electronics gadget shops, food markets and tiny corner bodegas, and if you're game, you can have a mani-pedi in the middle of the street!

It's important to watch where you walk if you are at all like I am and can trip over your own shadow. The street is unevenly paved in places, not paved at all in others, and yet in other parts of the street, beware of the giant potholes! The street cuts through a variety of neighborhoods - Caledonia, Santa Ana, and a part of Chorillo, and if you want to see how people truly live, this is where you go. There is a definite need for more sanitation, as most people just throw their garbage in the streets because cans are full. However, there is a sense the area is seeing improvements, albeit slowly. The best part of the walk IMO is walking to the Santa Ana Church and its Park. The restoration is in process, and when we were there, a local school band was playing in the gazebo for the passersby.

I felt completely safe walking through the streets during the day with my two children, but would think twice of walking through at night. Then again, I'd think twice about walking down certain streets in NYC and DC. Again, common sense would dictate caution in a foreign land.

I read a few of the previously posted comments, and I feel they're completely unfair. To say there's no redeeming value to visiting the main shopping area of the city seems rather myopic and close-minded. The area is colorful and representative of real city life, not representative of Pacifica or Paitilla.

As an aside, gold was pretty on par with the US, but silver was a way better deal than in my area of the States. Still, I bought silver crucifixes and their chains for about $15 a piece, and bought a few gold rings at a few pawn shops for a very decent price.
Written March 21, 2018
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Rebecca B
123 contributions
No redeeming cultural value whatsoever
Jan 2018 • Solo
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 walking down Avenida Central from the Cinco de Mayo metro station to get to Casco Viejo and it was a complete WTF moment for me. Save your time and energy and catch a cab from the metro station to Casco Viejo; the walk down Avenida Central is relatively long and uninteresting, unless you enjoy perusing cellphone stores or are looking to compare the price of laundry machines with those back in your home country.
Written January 22, 2018
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