A Mercadito For Everyone

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Different venues in Casco are starting to have regular mercaditos.  I love how each one is developing its own identity.  I walked into Villa Agustina´s mercadito the other day, and it was exactly Villa Agustina. Incense greeting you as you walk in, inside full boho… with great jazz music!

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Eco Gourmet Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

This is the week of surprises! we went to the recently opened Eco Gourmet at Norias in Casco Viejo. Located next to the Escuela de Estados Unidos, this little restaurant explores some overlooked Panamanian ingredients such as nance.  Loved the octopus, the lamb and the salmon with the passion fruit and nance sauce.

Here is their Facebook page. Open for dinner!

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Santa Rita restaurant in Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

When you live in Casco you are constantly exploring new places.  Last Friday, we went to Santa Rita, Casa Panama´s groundfloor restaurant. A super warm welcome by the manager, her recommendations were really good. They have Spanish cuisine, from the famous callos to nice octopus carpaccio. Loved the artichoke appetizer and the crema catalana!

Here is their Facebook page for more info!

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Tacos La Neta, at Calle 3era Casco Viejo

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Located at Calle 3era and Central, next to the National Theater. You have to try the taquitos, they are great. The secret? this is not a simple taco place, this is chef´s Maito newest enterprise.  It is a great place to meet with your friends, play pool or ping pong, grab a beer and eat some amazingly wonderful taquitos.

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Salsipuedes film features Casco Viejo

Panamá, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Last night, Teatro Balboa was packed. The movie showing was the Panamanian movie Salsipuedes, almost entirely shot in Casco Viejo (Yes, there were some airport shots we didn´t get! ). The story was well put together, and the casting included children from the neighborhood, incredible talent! I didn´t realize how incredibly diverse Casco was for a film maker: the beach, plazas, old buildings, new buildings, rural look, city look, you can cut and paste depending on what you want to achive.

Congratulations, well done! here is the trailer: (there are English subtitles)

Festival is still going on strong, so don´t forget to visit their site to see what´s next.

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ELS Language Center Inauguration

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Wednesday we went to the inauguration of Casco Viejo´s new language school: ELS. Located at Calle 5ta, it has a nice combination that will allow students to stay there, go to class and enjoy Casco very easily. Good luck to ELS and welcome to Casco! Info: www.els.edu.pa


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Film Festival starts this week!

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Quick reminder! the 5th IFF Panama Festival is starting this Friday.  Wonderful movies and an educational program. Check out their schedule of what, where and when HERE.

Main Casco Viejo venues will include: Anita Villalaz theater, American Trade Hotel, Presidential Palace Amphitheater, and near to Casco: Balboa Theater and Cinta Costera 2. All walking distance!  Click here to know more about the venues.

For tickets and information: call or email:

Karen Zamora : karen@iffpanama.com   cel. 6679-0825

Marlene Zarak: marlene@iffpanama.com  cel. 6981-5994

and ileana@iffpanama.com



EPA Language School opens in Casco Viejo

Panama Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

This week, EPA! & ELS Language School opens in Casco Viejo. “Español en Panamá” is located at Calle 5ta, near Madrigal restaurant. They´ll have their inauguration tomorrow, Tuesday 5th of April, from 6 to 8 p.m. You are invited!  They´ll be teaching Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Here is more information about their courses:




A fully renovated San Francisco de Asis Church opens

Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo, Panama

A beautifully restored St Francis of Asis Church received everyone this Easter weekend. Hundreds of visitors on a couple of days, the place looks amazing.  What I particularly love about this church is how present nature is: moon, sun, rainbows. This is the only church that every year does a pet procession, which I´m very fond of.

Congratulations to Ricardo Gago and Mario Lewis for this amazing effort!

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La Michoacana, Casco Viejo

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo


Like nothing I´ve ever seen in Casco before: people literally in a line, trying to get in. That is a first. Just like a really busy restaurant in New York or something like that, La Michoacana has clearly become Casco´s new addiction, at the corner of B Avenue and 8th Street. I haven´t tried their lolly pops, and now I´m scared to try them. Maybe if I do, I will too be making the line every Friday night…

My solution is to ask you to go and tell me!

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