Monthly Archives: November 2014

Thanksgiving, Gift Market & Party This Week

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Thursday 27th: Thanksgiving is here! and Casco Viejo`s community celebrates with the annual AVACA potluck. This year, the gathering will be at B Avenue, in front of L´Osteria. All Casqueños invited! bring a bottle of wine and something to eat. If you can´t cook, $35 will be welcomed. Friday 28th: Mercadito Benéfico: Casa Góngora is hosting a gift flea market special for the upcoming holidays. Art, gifts, clothing, jewelry. All proceeds will go to Olga`s Sinclair Foundation. At 4th and Central Avenue.  7 p.m to 11 p.m. Saturday 29th: Lido Isle Inauguration Party: the party … Continue reading

New! Coqueta, Casco Viejo

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Yesterday we had lunch at Casco`s new cafe/rotisserie called Coqueta. Located at the old Habana Panama, at the entrance of San Felipe, in front of the Parque V Centenario.  The old salsa club has re invented itself, and now has a cute cafe at the front and a bar at the back.  

Shop Small Casco Viejo: Make Your Christmas Count

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Each purchase you make leaves a footprint.  This Christmas, make your footprint count: consider buying gifts only from small, independent, shops. You will help the economy like water helps plants: from the roots up! Don´t know how to start? in Casco, of course! you can do all your shopping by email and walking, while helping directly artists and artisans that make a living from their art and craft. Here is a list of Casco Viejo`s small shops: Papiro y Yo: our favorite store for souvenirs and gifts made out of recycled materials. Beautifully crafted everything. … Continue reading

Di Vino now open for Breakfast and Lunch

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Casco has a good number of restaurants, but only a few are open for breakfast.  Now DiVino has started to serve both breakfast and lunch, opening at 7 a.m. They`ll have all the classics: eggs, fruit salads and continental breakfast. Here is a view of their menu, enjoy!

Grandmas Old Armoire

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo I have a special attachment to Las Clementinas. Why? A piece of my history is there. I think my grandmother`s old armoire must be over 70 years if not more. In Panama, where wood furniture (and wood anything) takes a beating with the mix of humid climate plus the number of insects yet unknown to science that tend to consider wood the equivalent of three cheese pizza, you really amaze at furniture that manages to survive such a long time.  Plus, consider this armoire spent at least 50 years living at the beach with all … Continue reading

New! Pharmacy in Casco Viejo: Farmacias Revilla

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Open! also this week, Farmacias Revilla made its debut in Casco Viejo.  This pharmacy is one of the main pharmacies in Panama, and the small locale has its signature: you will be able to find professional care plus great options on creams, shampoos and even small gifts. Located at the corner of A Ave and 1st street. I met Eric, who was in charge and told me the pharmacy will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during weekdays, and a bit later on weekends (until 10 p.m.).  If you are living in Casco … Continue reading

MailBoxes Etc Opens in Casco Viejo

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo This week has been amazing, with businesses opening one after the other.  I was so glad when I heard Mail Boxes Etc was coming to Casco Antiguo, I`ve been almost literally camping outside their door trying to sneak in and be the first one to get their info. So here it is! Location: Av. A, Casa 7-65, after Iglesia San José (Altar de Oro) Phones: 3978148 / 3978149 or  email  cascoantiguo@mbe-ca.com Schedule: Monday to Friday (8 am – 6 pm) and Saturdays (9 am – 6 pm) Services: (so helpful with Christmas coming!!!!) Mail Boxes … Continue reading

Copa Airlines opens in Casco Viejo!

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo Casco has its own COPA Airlines office! they opened this week, right beside the American Trade Hotel.  From there you`ll be able to buy tickets, it is the classic sales office. They`ll be open from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. All sales will be in person, no phone nor email.  This office will be specially useful for all Casqueño retirees who would like to access to the discounted rates. Usually their procedures require the person showing up physically at one of their offices. Well, now you only have to walk down … Continue reading

Lido Isle Boutique: from Bocas to Casco

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo I really like how retail has started to show up in Casco. Little by little!  This week, Lido Isle Boutique opened at Casa Remon`s groundfloor.  Owned by Douglas Johnson and his sister Teri, it is all about casual and beach wear. Right on time for all the beach stuff that is happening lately with TLGym`s paddle board movement! (did I hear surf shop coming soon? yes… keep tuned!)  Great colors, easy going fabrics, it is all about how you wear it.  Fun accessories!

Flavors of Taiwan: Free Performance at Casco

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo At the National Theater, free entrance! Taipei`s folkloric dance. When: Saturday, November 8th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 9th at 4 p.m. Where: National Theater