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Taste the flavors in Old Town

Las Tinajas is the oldest and most famous restaurant in Panama serving traditional dishes. Diners can enjoy their meal accompanied by a one-hour folk performance, starting at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday to Saturday. We recommend calling to make a reservation: 269-3840.

Diablicos restaurant in the city's Old Town sector also offers traditional food plus evening shows, with varied folk performances that include indigenous dances for an authentic dining experience. 228-9495

Another restaurant famous for its Panamanian fare, and the locals' preferred breakfast spot, is El Trapiche. It has several locations on Argentina Road, El Cangrejo, and the most recent in Albrook Mall next to the casino.

Mi Ranchito, on the Naos Island of the Amador Causeway, provides a spectacular view of Panama City. Under its typical palm-thatched roof and tasting traditional dishes you will feel enveloped in an wholly Panamanian environment.

At the entrance to the Causeway you can eat typical meals in the cozy setting of the restaurant Pencas, with the sea and part of Panama City as the backdrop and the Biomuseum only a block away.

For the more adventurous, or those who want to feel like just another local, come over to the Seafood Market. Rest assured that you will be eating the freshest catches in their restaurant, or buy a ceviche made of sea bass, octopus, shrimp, or other seafood directly from one of the fishermen's stalls.