Casco Viejo is home to some of the best restaurants in Panama but it is also home to some of the best hidden secrets as well. Locals flock to the cafeterias, fondas and carts at lunch time. And once you discover your favorite spot you’ll come back hungry for more.
One of the many great things about eating like the locals do is that the price matches. You can get a $1 hotdog, “con todos”, from a cart in Plaza Catedral that is sure to fill your belly for the afternoon. Full meals at the cafeterias are between $3 and $4. A fonda at the end of Calle 4oe serves up “pechuga” or “chuleta” with rice, salad and a fried plantain for just $3.50. And the BBQ cart near Plaza Bolivar might make the best BBQ in all of Panama; workers line up around the block waiting for that Styrofoam box of goodness.
Are you comfortable ordering food in Spanish? If not consider a ½ day Backpacker’s Spanish Course at the Casco Antiguo Spanish School. Casco Antiguo Spanish School is located in the heart of Casco Viejo within walking distance from Luna’s. Their ½ day Backpacker’s course teaches you basic phrases and grammar making day to day communication a breeze! Ask your friendly front desk receptionist for directions and a coupon for a free one-hour class!