On one side, across the bay is the new city and its line of skyscrapers and Trump towers of glass and steel. On the other the old, Casco Viejo, with its eclectic architecture brought from wave after wave of immigrants that helped build the Panama Canal. Splitting the two cities is Panama City’s municipal pier and adjacent Mercado de Mariscos.
Like a smaller but still growing Panamanian version of Mistura, Panama Gastronomica is full of local food vendors that come from around the country. Here are a few food and drink items I particularly liked.
Late August and early September seem to be the default month for major culinary events. In Peru, there’s Mistura, not to mention the Latin America’s 50 Best Ceremony and whatever odd lineup Gelinaz! Has planned. In Denmark, there’s the MAD Symposium. One major culinary event that might not be on your radar but should is Panama Gastronomica in Panama City.
Tierra Firme is iconic. Though Panama City’s international terminal has added the culinary diversity of a Subway and Dunkin Donuts in the past couple of years, Tierra Firme is still the lone sit down eatery. Everyone to have passed through the international lounge of Tocumen knows it. For some reason layovers here are almost always long.