Casco Viejo

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Casco Viejo
4.5
Neighborhoods • Historic Walking Areas
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This charming old community’s churches, pedestrian walkways and historical plazas and palaces make it a must-see on any tour.
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AMCSIMMO
Warwick, UK3 contributions
Apr 2022
A great and authentic area to visit which contrasts against the newer Panama City. Lots of great shops to explore (don't forgot to buy a Panama hat!), churches to investigate and plenty of refreshment stops! Don't miss getting a cone of flavoured shaved ice near Plaza Simon Bolivar, or taking in the view of distant skyscrapers. Thoroughly recommend the Central Hotel for accommodation and drinks, the Santa Rita restaurant for delicious and moderately priced steaks and Lazotea rooftop bar for a truly Latin American vibe with stunning night-time views.
Written May 9, 2022
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Kimberly H
Colorado313 contributions
Mar 2022
We visited Casco Viejo in the evening in order to avoid the mid-day heat. It was beautiful. There was a light breeze off the water and the buildings were coming to life as the lights came on for the night. There were musicians playing in the plazas and people dining outdoors. It was a great atmosphere. We found a restaurant with rooftop seating (there are several) and enjoyed a fantastic dinner. This area is a must-visit to take in the old Panama atmosphere and architecture, even if it is now largely there just for tourism.
Written March 24, 2022
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN1,407 contributions
Oct 2021
The neighborhood of Casco Viejo is the historical center of Panama City and is the most beautiful and interesting part of the city. Plan to spend half the day wandering the narrow streets where you can find numerous churches and monuments to visit and plenty of shopping and dining options. I followed a self-guided walking tour on Frommer's and found this very helpful. One of the highlights in the neighborhood and the place to begin your tour is the historic Plaza de la Independencia where the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Panama Canal Museum are located. The museum is excellent, and you can easily spend a couple hours here looking at all the exhibits. Another highlight is strolling along the Plaza de Francia with views of the ocean and downtown Panama City in the distance. Many vendors set up their stalls here selling an assortment of items for purchase providing an opportunity to find a nice souvenir to take back home. Many places to eat and drink. Tantalo Kitchen stood out as they have a great covered rooftop bar with nice views. Finca del Mar was one of the few places I saw offering sidewalk dining with views of the water and was a nice place to grab a drink. I felt very safe walking around this part of town alone including at night. It is well policed as the neighborhood adjoining Casco Viejo to the north is notorious as one of the more dangerous places in the city so don't wander in the wrong direction.
Written May 15, 2022
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Bullings
London - The city I love403 contributions
Aug 2021
Casco Viejo is a nice atmospheric place to visit and have a bite or a drink. Sadly, it is catering substantially to the tourist sector, thus , restaurants, bars, coffee shops and taxis try to squeeze every cent from tourists . Safety, can be an issue too with the risk changing from one block to another .
Written September 3, 2021
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happypeasant
Edmonton, Canada28 contributions
Jan 2020
Wonderful architecture, spectactular churches with wonderful nativity scene rooms. Mola museum was well worth the visit-showcasing the traditional sewing of the Quana people. Beautiful seawall walk. Traffic can be tied up it the President is on the move. Lots of nice little restaurants. We hired a quide for a private tour of Casco Antiqua (Viejo) and Miraflores canal locks - well worth it!
Written February 20, 2020
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soniathegreat2018
Canada174 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
This is a place that one has to see when in Panama. Because there’s no other place which is a bit historic, they have a nice church and amazing restaurants which we actually enjoyed.

However it is very pricey because US dollars are used everywhere and even the souvenir places are very pricey. So we really did not end up buying anything from there at all.

There is a chocolate Café which we did go to and it was interesting because the chocolate is quite bitter. It is pricey too. Then there was this restaurant that we had really fresh seafood from. It was good.

We went in the month of November so it was quiet and low season, but we had a good time because it is very interesting to see that area.
Written January 7, 2020
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Dominique
New York City, NY83 contributions
Mar 2022
I explored this area while on a walking tour and it reminded me a little bit of Cartagena, but not quite. The city has been through so much and there are definitely some areas you don't want to walk around alone. However, there are so many great restaurants and the nightlife was fun from what I experienced. I don't regret not staying at a hotel there. It was nice to explore and go back to my hotel. It is the area you must go to though when it Panama City.
Written March 17, 2022
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mikeej99
Santa Barbara, CA135 contributions
Mar 2019
We hired a private car and driver that picked us up at the dock and took us to the canal museum and then dropped us in old town. Parking is a huge problem so we set a rendezvous time. We had about 2 hours in the museum and about 3 hours in old town. We loved the architecture, churches and shops and found a nice rooftop cafe overlooking old town and the sea. We enjoyed some nuts and a cold drink before meeting our driver to return us to the dock. Expect to pay about $100 US for the car and driver, or you can take the cabs if you are not on a tight schedule which will save you $50.
Written February 22, 2020
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Kimberly G
93 contributions
May 2022
Casco Viejo is Panama's old historic city that makes it feels like you're stepping into Panama in the far past. The streets are narrow and made of bricks. The architecture is gorgeous. I've seen some buildings that look very New Orleans-eque with the balconies and what not. You'll stumble upon ruins (or unfinished) churches. There are a LOT of churches. There are plenty of abandoned buildings with lots of vegetation growing out of them. Casco Viejo reminds me of Old San Juan.

Just be careful though not to wander off TOO far. There are some sketchy places in Casco Viejo that made me feel uncomfortable walking alone, especially the southwestern edge of Casco Viejo where the Cinta Costera path begins.
Written May 10, 2022
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egerena
Boston, MA116 contributions
Dec 2019
Casco Viejo has several interesting sights. We enjoy and recommend visiting the following: The cathedral & San Jose church, all the plazas (Francia, Catedral, Herrera, and Bolivar), restaurants: American Trade Hotel and Tantalo and tour the Teatro Nacional. The Casco Viejo also has plenty of small souvenir shops. We also encourage rooftop dining to enjoy the views of the city. The city was clean, felt safe and the people were very friendly. Not recommend driving there, since there is very limited parking space.
Written January 19, 2020
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