Panama City

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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  • 1. Papiro y Yo


    Many of the bags, baskets, necklaces, and other items in this colorful shop are the product of recycling, made from magazine pages, flip tops...Read More

  • 2. Albrook Mall

    Shopping Centers/Malls

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

  • 3. Aqua Spa


    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 leave you...Read More

  • 4. Avenida Central pedestrian mall

    Shopping Centers/Malls

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

  • 5. Centro Municipal de Artesanías Panameñas


    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 Kuna women...Read More

  • 6. Flory Saltzman Molas


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

  • 7. Galería Arte Indígena


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

  • 8. Genuine Panama Hat


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

  • 9. La Ronda


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

  • 10. Mercado de Artesanía de Panamá Viejo


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

  • 11. Mercado de Buhonería


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

  • 12. Multicentro

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    This modern, four-story mall, across from Punta Paitilla, holds dozens of shops, as well as a movie theater, food court, and a casino. The location...Read More

  • 13. Multiplaza

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    The city's largest high-end mall is just east of Punta Paitilla, on the road to ATLAPA and Panamá Viejo. Its shops include the likes of Tiffany...Read More

  • 14. Reprosa

    Jewelry & Watches

    Reprosa sells elegant jewelry based on reproductions of pre-Columbian gold pieces and Spanish coins, as well as interesting modern designs in...Read More

  • 15. Sensory Spa by Clarins


    Sensory Spa by Clarins is a state-of-the-art, full-service spa with 16 treatment rooms and a vast menu of treatment options as well as holistic...Read More

  • 16. SOHO Panama

    Panama City | Shopping Centers/Malls

    Panama City's newest mall, which opened its doors in 2015, is also its most upscale. Stores bearing the names of Coach, Michael Kors, Polo,...Read More

  • 17. Veneto Hotel and Casino


    The flashy Veneto Hotel and Casino, on busy Vía Veneto, may seem like the last place you'd go to escape the hustle and bustle, but the large...Read More

  • 18. Ygia Spa


    The Ygia Spa, in the Sheraton Panama, next to the ATLAPA convention center, offers an array of options ranging from the traditional massages...Read More

  • 19. Centro Artesanal Antiguo YMCA

    Balboa | Crafts

    The city's biggest and nicest craft market occupies what was once the gym of the Balboa YMCA, which is why it is called the Centro Artesanal...Read More

  • 20. Museo de la Esmeralda

    Casco Viejo | Jewelry & Watches

    The Museo de la Esmeralda is a small, cheesy museum about emerald mining that is an excuse to get people in to look at their emerald jewelry...Read More

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