Eat Like a Local in Panama

Panama has become the most cosmopolitan capital in Central America. Being able to provide you with a vibrant city life or as a gateway to tropical escapes. Acting as the center of trade and immigration, this cocktail of cultures has given the country a laid back vibe, but plethora of culinary options.

Panamanian food in the streets

Having so many cultures mixed together makes the food that much better. You can find almost any type of dish from Chinese, Arabian, Hindu, Vegetarian you name it! But there’s always a certain dish that people tend to always gravitate towards when they come to Panama and that is the Panamanian fare.

The flavors of the Panamanian kitchen are out of this world. I’m sure that once you get a taste of it, you’ll want to keep coming back for more. So if you're looking to eat like a local while you're here in Panama then go no further because I've put together my list of the top spots.

La Tapa del Coco

La Tapa del Coco was created by Isaac Villaverde who was born in a neighborhood called, Río Abajo. La Tapa del Coco is seen as a cultural movement that looks to exalt and unite the Afro-Panamanian community. This restaurant is located in Calle 68 Este, San Francisco and operates everyday 11AM-10PM except Sundays which closes at 8PM. Located, basically, in the heart of the city. So if you get the feeling to walk off the food you ate, it is surrounded by many other places that are worth the visit. La Tapa del Coco has a great warm, cozy vibe that allows it to be the perfect place for your family dinner or a romantic night out. They offer delicious food that appeals to both sight and taste, with a price range of about $5-20.