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Quesos Chela

Carretera Panamericana, Capira 1007, Panama
+507 248-5457
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“empanadas” (21 reviews)
“bread” (12 reviews)
“queso” (5 reviews)
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Central American
Carretera Panamericana, Capira 1007, Panama
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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

So glad to have stopped here for a cappuccino and a queso blanco empanada- absolutely the best ever... warm & delicious! We grabbed some oranges from the fruit stand nearby too! Great photo opportunity with the capira district sign outside!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank stephoto
Reviewed August 8, 2018

Horrid parking if it's busy. Our gang of 12 pulled into this place, took about an hour for them to get stuff, I didn't wait in line. The cheese was good I have to say. Worth if if you have some time to kill, especially...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank bruz1111
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Great stop on the road, different type of goat cheese and great EMPANADAS, the meat empanada is a most!

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Licey7
Reviewed January 19, 2018

We heard of Quesos Chela from Andrew Zimmern's Panama episode. He did not steer us wrong. All of the empanada's are delicious. Each one has their own special touch and pastry crust. All different. You cannot leave without trying the beverage called chicheme. There are...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank ROTO12
Reviewed November 26, 2017

I saw this on TV and made a point of finding it. Queso Chela is very popular!!! Don't worry about the crowds waiting in line, the lines move rather quickly! I tried 3 different empanadas- cheese, chicken & beef, each one had a different dough....More

Date of visit: November 2017
Reviewed November 13, 2017

This is a great place to stop on a long drive in Panama. It is Panamanian food so don't expect a restaurant. It is almost always crowded but it's one of the only places to eat on the drive there. Fried Cheese is their specialty...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank Kasen R
Reviewed September 6, 2017

A must stop on the way to or from Panama City. The cheese is the best, the pizza's delicious and just the right size for one person. The drinks/juices are great and the variety of flavours long and varied. The bread is a must buy....More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Schipblack
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

We had to stop based on the reviews online as well as our families' passion for Latin pastry. Quesos Chela did not disappoint. We stopped in the morning on a weekday and we happy to find a very short line. We passed this place 2-3...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Duckb0y
Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

We stopped on the way to Del Mar Resort for lunch. We had everything you can imagine, empanadas, chocolate croissants, bread, drinks, etc. All was very tasty! But, be prepared to stand in line, it's crowded!!!!

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Ejlane18
Reviewed June 27, 2017 via mobile

If you drive by on the weekend there are always large crowds at this place. The are known for empanadas and local cheeses. The empanadas are some of the best in Panama BUT I don't really enjoy Panamanian food. The cheeses are of good quality...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Curlsandtea
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$3 - $7
Central American
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carretera Panamericana, Capira 1007, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Capira
  • Phone Number: +507 248-5457
Here, you will wait for 5-15 minutes in the line, but once you have your first bite, you know your patience has been well rewarded. We are an institution established in 1969. We started with 5 products back then, and now we produce more than a 100 products. We produce a variety of cheeses, breads, pastries, empanadas, and beverages. Nevertheless, we make everything with MUCHO love in order to offer our customers the best of us. The happiness of our people its our motor, its our passion. May the Empanadas be always with you. #TheMandatoryStop
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