Thai Massage in Casco by Renu Decap

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Traditional Thai Massage is a combined system that blends ayurvedic principles, yoga postures and even acupressure. A good Thai massage helps you stretch and re gain your flexibility. It doesn´t use lotion, you dress with comfortable clothing and it is a full therapy for your whole body. Wonderful!

Now Casco has Casa Thai, run by Thai therapist Renu Decap. At Portal de Caldas, you can contact her and make reservations at:

Renu is knowledgeable and has that zen energy that will get you to relax instantly. Enjoy!!

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Eclipse Fever!

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Yesterday was supposed to be the eclipse of the century. Obviously, being in Panama, not exactly a full eclipse. But people did get eclipse fever! The day was simply gorgeous, the light was golden and people were happily walking from here to there doing silly things!  For example, just stepping out of Arco, we found this trying to prevent illegal parking:

But then we thought a better job was bike riding:

But he said he always wanted to drive a truck. Good think we found one his size!

  he was so happy!  but after a while he fell asleep

I think he was still there this morning. Workers were very puzzled!


Casa Bruja opens at Las Clementinas, Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Casa Bruja,  Panama´s best known artisanal beer has opened a gastropub in Casco Viejo at Las Clementinas.  With full freedom to experiment and pair all the new flavors with food, the result is an amazing experience that you can keep coming back to.

Last night, I started with – obviously- the beer named after the building: Clementinas. Simply awesome.  Go check it out!

The Strangers Club, Casco Viejo

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

The Strangers Club: I´ve been told is a very old name, but this is Casco´s newest bar and it has raised the bar in every single sense. Run professionally, everything about it is excellent: the interior design, menu and drinks.  Owned by a group of six bartenders from Employees Only in New York, this is located at Casco´s only traffic light corner, our very own version of the five stars, next to Hotel La Concordia. Check it out!

Article on the story of the group that decided to open the place here in Panama. Published at Eater New York: HERE

Trip Advisor here.

Facebook page here

Papaya Planet Bookstore Café, Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

On B Avenue and 10th Street, next to Jerónimo and a few meters away from Las Clementinas, Casco´s first Bookstore Café is about to open on Friday. We got an early sneak peek and it was all eye candy.  The menu we tried was simply fenomenal, and they have an upper floor open for small events, from literary cafes to birthday celebrations. Some pics from yesterday! looking forward to Friday!

For more info,  Paola is the manager: 6677-2404

Lo Que Hay: a new concept in Casco

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

The latest initiative of Panamanian chef José Carles, “Lo Que Hay” means “What We Have”, a fonda style restaurant where they cook fresh from the day… and when they are done… they are done!  The food is authentic Panamanian comfort and street style food, but with his magic twist. Already becoming the place for chefs in the neighborhood to go eat, they are open:

  • Wed, Thur, Fri: breakfast 8 a.m. and lunch at noon, closes about 3 p.m.
  • Sat, Sund: lunch and dinner. Closing around 8 p.m.

Location: Avenida A and 5th Street, you have to take a right at Madrigal. You´ll see the door open with the sign.

French Bistro in Casco Viejo! Welcome Lessep´s

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Where: Casa Ruigar, corner of 4th and A Avenue… right in front of Arco Properties!

Beautifully remodeled, in the style of the classic French bistros, Lessep´s inaugurated this week.  French owners Cedric and Barbara moved to Panama recently and are full time residents in Casco Viejo, love it when we can say from an owner that they “live, work and invest in Casco”!

The menu has the all time favorites like the eggs benedictine and the croquet monsieur, but you also have great options a wonderful lunch or dinner.  Now, the one problem is… it is right in front of Arco Properties. I think we are all going to ramp up our Casco Yoga and Alley Cat Gym suscription!

Here is their Facebook page for more info: Bistro Cafe Lessep´s

And their phone for reservations: 385-2547

Museum Night! July 29th

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Tomorrow! take a tour of Casco´s museums.

6:30 p.m. : everyone meets at Plaza Catedral

First visit: History Museum at Plaza Catedral (under construction, next to Canal Museum)

7:10 p.m. visit to the Religious art museum next to Arco Chato on 3rd street and A Ave.

Tropicool: vintage pop up store

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

New pop up store in Casco! Just next to Jerónimo, at the crest of B Avenue and 10th Street. Tropicool is a vintage store that is activating the space for a full month. Super cute! take a look!

Santa Ana Revitalization

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

We´ve been writing about Santa Ana for the last two years, as the revitalization of Casco Antiguo advances. Recently, the Municipality Office has taken the initiative in this area and they have started to execute a macro infrastructure project.  They started transforming the historic Sal si Puedes alley, and in the last few months they fenced and starting to renovate the plaza itself and re do the piping along Central Avenue. Walking around right now is a mess, but what an exciting mess!

Amici Miei , your late night option!

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Last Friday we went out with some friends to the newly opened (beautiful and with great stuff!) Stranger´s Club. From there we went to the also newly opened El Social, a beer garden just next door. By the time we were finished there we were hungry again. This would have normally be a problem in Casco, but not anymore! Amici Miei to the rescue. Really nice pizza, pasta and salads, they are open until late and located exactly at the right spot: next to La Concordia hotel, on Ave Central and 11th street (by the traffic light). We ordered a personal pizza ($3.50!) with arugula. And the margheritta was exactly what I needed at that hour. They are open for lunch too.