Panama City Shopping

Panama City has more shopping options than you can shake a credit card at. Because of the country's role as an international port, manufactured goods from all over the world are cheaper in Panama than in most countries. Merchants from South and Central America regularly travel here to shop, but Americans will find that the U.S. megastores often beat the local prices for cameras and other electronic

goods—plus the stores back home are more convenient in terms of warranties. Busy Vía Veneto, in El Cangrejo, and Casco Viejo have souvenir shops. The city also has several modern malls, where the selection ranges from cheap to chic.

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Albrook Mall

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Albrook Mall is the people's mall, with more discount stores than the city's other malls. That, combined with its convenient location...

Aqua Spa

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One of Panama City's best spas, the Aqua Spa is located on the fourth floor of the Radisson Decapolis. If the treatments there don't...

Avenida Central pedestrian mall

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The Avenida Central pedestrian mall, a short walk from Casco Viejo, is lined with shops selling cheap, imported electronics, jewelry,...

Centro Municipal de Artesanías Panameñas

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A good place to shop for molas is the Centro Municipal de Artesanías Panameñas, a small market where most of the stands are owned by...

Flory Saltzman Molas

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Flory Saltzman Molas has the country's biggest mola collection—thousands of those colorful creations divided by theme and quality,...

Galería Arte Indígena

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Galería Arte Indígena, just down the street from Plaza Francia, has indigenous handicrafts such as Emberá baskets, animal figures...

Genuine Panama Hat

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This shop (formerly known as Artesanías Panamá Bahía) sells a mixture of Panamanian and Ecuadoran souvenirs, including an ample selection...

La Ronda

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La Ronda is an attractive little shop in a historic building near Plaza Francia that sells a mix of handicrafts and souvenirs: molas...

Mercado de Artesanía de Panamá Viejo

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The Mercado de Artesanía de Panamá Viejo, next to the Centro de Visitantes (Visitor Center), is packed with small shops and stalls...

Mercado de Buhonería

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Masks, hammocks, and other handicrafts tend to be relatively inexpensive at the Mercado de Buhonería, a small market behind the old...