One traditional tourist attraction worth checking out is the Mercado, an open–air bazaar under a high red roof on the left side of the Avenida Principal, two blocks before the church. The market is most interesting on weekends, especially Sunday mornings, when vendors and shoppers arrive from far and wide. Locals go to the market to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, and plants. Handicrafts sold here include the sombrero pintao (a traditional straw hat),
handmade jewelry, soapstone sculptures, and knickknacks such as the various renditions of El Valle's emblematic golden toad. Even if you don't want to buy anything, it's a colorful, festive affair. Some Panama City tour operators offer a day trip—a long day trip—to the market on Sundays.
Av. Prinicpal, on left two blocks before church, El Valle, 0211, Panama