Casco Viejo (“The Old Quarter”) also known as Casco Antiguo or San Felipe is a huge contrast from downtown Panama City. For me, it was very reminiscent of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico or The French Quarter, New Orleans. What a gem with so much character! I enjoyed our visit here and wished we could have spent more time here. Despite the apparent and ongoing gentrification of this UNESCO world heritage site, there’s still a lot of dilapidation around. This neighborhood has been around for 340 years and its constantly changing and evolving.
Casco Viejo has a large concentration of restaurants, bars, and shops. We did not base ourselves here but found our way back here literally every day we were in Panama City. I loved the diversity of Casco Viejo – in architecture, people, culture, and cuisine. My two favorite aspects were the architecture and observing life go by. I skipped out of all the obvious monuments and decided to roam about and see what we might discover in these two aspects. Enjoy!
Thank you coming along on my adventures!