Paulo and I are going to travel to Panama soon and, as always, we are doing some research before the trip. We love to taste the food from the places we know, so we look for some of the coolest restaurants in town.
The cuisine there is very varied and full of influence from other countries! It’s very different and innovative, you know? Now, I seeor mention the most interesting places I found – many of them have vegetarian options 🙂
The Ochoymedio environment has wonderful lighting and the decor is cute, with several plants scattered around the place. The outdoor area there is full of lights and ideal for lunch or dinner in a cooler space. The menu features several options, including meats and seafood. In the restaurant there are some vegetarian options for brunch, but none of them as a main course!
Address: Calle José de la Obaldía, between 8th and 9th – Panama Old Town
Calíope is an amazing restaurant because it has options for all tastes. They offer dishes not only for vegetarians, but also for vegans. In addition, there are some gluten-free food options. The cuisine of the restaurant is focused mainly in two types: Mediterranean and seafood. The price is a little expensive, but it makes up for the quality of the products and the diversity on the menu!
Address: Avenida Central, Edificio Teatro Amador. Casco viejo – San Felipe
ZK Nikkei kitchen
For those who like ceviche ZK Nikkei Cuisine is great. They have a menu with numerous dish options. There are many things to choose from, including for vegetarians. The place specializes in Peruvian and Japanese cuisine – you will find various types of sushi, sashimis and soups. The location and atmosphere are also great.
Right: Torres de las Américas, PB Punta Pacifica
One of the coolest facts related to Maito is that they have their own vegetable garden and use super fresh ingredients. It is the only restaurant in Panama that is on the list of the 50 best in Latin America! The place is well known for having one of the best Panamanian foods, with a lot of Latin and Chinese influence. Some of the most requested dishes are fish and three leches dessert. Ah, there are not many vegetarian options, but they do offer some well-prepared salads.
Address: End of 50th Street
Another restaurant that deserves a visit because of the location! Like Tantalo, Casa Casco is located in a building and has a bar at the top, with views of the entire city. Casa Casco has 5 floors and more than one restaurant, each with a very varied cuisine. However, the star is the one on the terrace. For those who like Japanese food, one of the restaurants is dedicated to this – Nacion Sushi. In short, the place is great to spend the afternoon having a mojito at the rooftop bar and enjoying the view, which is even more beautiful at sunset.
Address: Between Rua 10 and Avenida A
Cabana is a very refined and contemporary restaurant, with outdoor seating that is great for enjoying the city’s climate. They offer delicious vegetarian dishes and pastas, with a variety of sauces and side dishes. The menu is quite varied, so it’s hard to have nothing that you don’t like. For those who eat meat, for example, you can order a dish with salmon or even a hamburger. As for desserts, the thousand leaves is one of the most requested there.
Address: Of. Balboa, Torre Yoo, 6th Floor
This restaurant is relatively new in Panama, because it has been open for about three years. The chef at Donde José bets on dishes that contain very varied ingredients from other countries, but still have the face of Panamanian food. The place is very small and super cozy, and the ideal is to make a reservation before you go. The only problem is that they don’t have any specifically vegetarian dishes there: /
Address: Central Ave. with Street 11 – Historic Center
Chin Chin is in the same building as Cabana, but his focus is Chinese food! The way they present Asian food is super modern and blends in with the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant. They also have nothing on the menu that is strictly vegetarian, but as they work a lot with vegetables, there are some options there.
Address: Av. Balboa, Torre Yoo, Ground floor
This restaurant is well hidden in the city and is relatively small. The ingredients on the menu are almost all local, emphasizing Panamanian cuisine. A good option is to ask for the tasting menu, which comes with 10 dishes and is ideal for those who want to get to know a little of Panama’s gastronomy in small portions. The coolest thing about Intimo is that they are willing to adapt the dishes for vegetarians and vegans, just let them know right away!
Address: 72 East Street, entering the Enrico Fermi school
Did you like the indications? If you know more restaurants with tasty foods there, comment here! I’m really looking forward to seeing at least some of these places!