24 Hours in Panama

24 Hours in Panama

Let's be clear, 24 hours is not nearly enough to explore everything Panama has to offer. The country fuses old and new, while the coastline is amazingly diverse with coral reefs and mountain forests just miles apart. While on location in Casco Viejo, Panama to shoot our Summer Look Book, we embraced the city and lived like locals. Here's our INTERMIX–approved itinerary:

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8:45AM: Coffee at Bajareque Coffee House
Panama is known for its world–class coffee and, honestly, it's hard to get a bad cup. What's unique about Bajareque Coffee House, though, is that its owners actually manage the coffee–bean farms it sources from as well, so you know you’re getting only their finest batches.


10:30 Brunch at La Clemintinas
Request to sit in the restaurant's backyard garden. Then order the bread pudding with berries. The vintage French decor will have you feeling transported, while local ingredients and French–infused Panamanian cuisine will leave you totally satisfied.


12:00PM Visit the Iglesia de San Jose
Walk the streets of Casco Viejo for ten minutes and you'll undoubtedly run into an exquisite 17th century church—perhaps even Iglesia de San Jose. The church has been masterfully preserved and features a breathtaking altar completely covered in gold leaf.


1:15PM: Shop at Karavan Gallery
With collections of colorful textiles, home goods and jewelry, Karavan Gallery is the place to indulge in some of the finest local art and find that perfect keepsake, like one of the many intricately woven baskets.


2:00PM: Late lunch at the Fish Market
Skip the restaurants and head straight for the local fish market in the historic district of Casco Viejo. Navigate the crowds of locals and get rewarded with fresh ceviche.


4:30PM: Sunbathe on the Pacific Coast
Just a two hour drive from the center of Casco Viejo, the beach at Santa Clara is a must–see. It's famous for its white–sand beaches, but we think the crystal–clear, bathtub–temperature waters aren't so bad either.


6:30PM: Sip at Xuvia Tequila Lounge
Before heading to dinner, grab some pre–meal libations at Xuvia Tequila Lounge. Enjoy one (or two) of the bar's 150 brands of tequila on the beautiful outdoor terrace.


8:15PM: Dinner at Donde Jose
With a world–class chef and mouth–watering menu, it's easy to understand why this 16–seat eatery is one of Panama's highest ranked places to dine. The menu reflects the finest ingredients Panama has to offer and changes every few months to reflect what's fresh. Pro tip: book a reservation.