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 doesn´t stop this week, after you cooked for Thanksgiving, and bought your presents at Casa Góngora, come and welcome Douglas at Casco`s newest boutique. Located next to the Canal Museum, 7 p.m.


New! Coqueta, Casco Viejo

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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.

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Shop Small Casco Viejo: Make Your Christmas Count

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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. No kidding!….391-38-00. Email:    Facebook

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Karavan: Art from the Caribbean part of Panama (Portobelo). Located at 3rd Street, in front of the Arco Chato…228-71-77

Diablo Rosso:  art gallery featuring young Panamanian artists and creative gifts.  A Avenue and 7th Street…..228-48-43 Facebook

Mamita`s boutique: vintage and unique clothing at an affordable price. You won´t find any of this in a mall! Only at Calle 6ta, Casa Arias, next to VITA.  Gisela Sánchez will also modify and create clothes for you.  She can also just make gifts for you. Bring her the fabric and the idea! Facebook

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Enjoy Shop Boutique: Located inside Los Del Patio on 3rd Street, this young, independent boutique features clothing by designer Montserrat and her brand MoMix. Facebook. See blog entry here.

Enjoy Shop

No Me Olvides: the classic Panabrisa (Guayabera), a traditional garment in Panamanian wardrobe. Linen dresses for ladies, elegant shirts for men. Corner of 4th and A Avenue.

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Reprosa: Panamanian jewelry inspired in traditional pre colombian huacas. Art Deco building, Avenida A, between Calle 5ta y 4ta….Tel. 228-4913

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Mitchelle Quiñones: Jewelry specialist in Casco Viejo. She has her workshop at home. Facebook Page

Lido Isle Boutique: Beach and casual wear, straight from Bocas del Toro to Casco. They feature their own designs and great accesories. Located at Casa Remón on 5th Street next to the Canal Museum. See blog entry here.

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Or maybe you want to give away memberships to your friend`s favorite classes?

TLG Gym/ Alley Cat Foundation: located at 4th Street and A Avenue, at Santa Familia. They specialize in crossfit, Jiu Jitsu and boxing. Contact:

El Cuarto Rojo por La Tribu Performance: serious circus training! equally located at Santa Familia, this professional group has aerial dance classes as well as yoga and others.

Or what about a Reiki session? contact Carol Bellandi

Plenty of beautiful and meaningful ideas for this Christmas. Happy shopping!!!


Di Vino now open for Breakfast and Lunch

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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!

Di Vino menu

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 its deliciously salty air.  It survived us as little kids hiding inside, playing hide and seek. The whole house crumbled years ago (it was made out of wood), but the armoire stood tall, like a monolith in a Stanley Kubrick movie.

To take it back to civilization was a fascinating process. The furniture was made to be assembled without nails, just placing the joints in an elegant,  perfect fit. To be taken apart (to “move”, in Spanish the word for furniture is “mueble”, something mobile) and travel with it, probably by horse. This time it made its trip back to the city in a Toyota Hi Lux.

I thought it would be a nightmare to put it back together, that it would be fragile and break immediately. But it was really easy. Almost like magic, it came back to life, with a little bit of love and oil, good as new. No nonsense, resilient, elegant. Just like grandma.

Where is it right now? Stay at Las Clementinas and find out!

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New! Pharmacy in Casco Viejo: Farmacias Revilla

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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 and have a list of medicines and vitamins you need, email them at   Their phone is: 207-1839.

Farmacias Revilla also does delivery, although this is not managed by the specific local in Casco Viejo. Their Revilla Express service can be contacted at 225-0555.

And here is their WEBSITE.  Welcome!

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MailBoxes Etc Opens in Casco Viejo

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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

Schedule: Monday to Friday (8 am – 6 pm) and Saturdays (9 am – 6 pm)

Services: (so helpful with Christmas coming!!!!)

  • Mail Boxes Services
  • Couriers & Shipping
  • Packaging
  • Internet shopping
  • Copies, Printing, Fax, Scanning, Transcripts
  • Office supplies
  • Internet access and Wifi
  • Ebox by MBE

The Team: Aaron, Rafael and Oleida.

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Copa Airlines opens in Casco Viejo!

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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 the street!

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Lido Isle Boutique: from Bocas to Casco

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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!

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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