The Canal and Central Panama Sights

Mercado

  • Av. Prinicpal
  • Market/Bazaar

Published 11/02/2015

Fodor's Review

One traditional tourist attraction worth checking out is the Mercado, an open–air bazaar under a high red roof on the left side of Avenida Principal, two blocks before the church. The market is most interesting on weekends, especially Sunday morning, 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 Sunday.

Sight Information

Address:

Av. Prinicpal, , 0211, Panama

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 8–6

Published 11/02/2015

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