Published on April 9th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 hours in Panama City
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With unmetered taxis, supreme coffee options and one of the world’s greatest engineering feats at your doorstep, there’s a lot to like about Panama City. A curious mix of old and new, you’ll be in a sea of skyscrapers one minute, then walking in a colonial fairy tale the next. Panama City is like that, trust us – you’ll grow to love it.
9am Start your morning in the Old City (Casco Viejo). Sure many of the buildings are crumbling, but it isn’t called the Old City for nothing! Don’t miss seeing the golden altar of the San Jose Church and the old cathedral.
12pm Nearby, casual Rene Café serves up phenomenal lunch specials with homemade flair.
1pm Make a pit stop at Bajareque Coffee House & Roastery for a cup of Joe. See the roasting process, then grab a couple of bags of beans which make much more useful souvenirs than tacky snow globes or kitsch fridge magnets.
2pm Grab a taxi and head to the Miraflores Locks Visitors Centre to indulge in an afternoon of cargo porn. Nab a spot on the deck to see mighty ships and love boats arrive.
6pm After a tough afternoon of ship-watching, head to La Rana Dorada microbrewery for craft beers and pizza.
8pm Afterwards, keep the decadence theme rolling and head to Jola’s Coffee House and Cigar Lounge for late night rooftop vinos and stogies. Panama City, you had us at hello!