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  • Location:Panama City, Panama
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Taste of Panama City: Walking Tour with Food and Drinks in Casco Viejo

Eat and drink your way through Panama City’s historic Casco Viejo district, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old quarter, which dates back to the 1670s and is now home to some of the city’s hippest food and drink joints. With a knowledgeable guide, visit a coffee roastery, a chocolate shop, a microbrewery, a seafood market and a rooftop cocktail bar, sampling culinary delights as you go. In addition, while you move from place to place, you’ll get a walking tour of the neighborhood and its historical landmarks. This culinary adventure is limited to 12 people, giving you a small-group experience.


  • Panama City food and drinks tour in the Casco Viejo district
  • Visit five food and drink establishments with a local guide, who will give you all the inside info about each place
  • Sip some of the world’s most expensive coffee, savor a piece of organic chocolate and sample four craft beers
  • Discover the deliciousness of fresh ceviche, and enjoy a rum cocktail on a rooftop bar during sunset
  • Everything you eat and drink is grown, produced or brewed in Panama!
  • See historical landmarks like Metropolitan Cathedral in Casco Viejo, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people provides a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Taste of Panama City: Walking Tour with Food and Drinks in Casco Viejo

Panama City Food and Drinks Walking Tour in Casco Viejo

Meet your local guide and fellow culinary explorers at Café Unido Coffee Roasters, where you’ll begin your Panama City food and drinks tour with a tasting of high-end coffee. Sip a sample made from Geisha beans — some of Panama’s best (and one of the world’s most expensive) — and learn about the country’s coffee industry from a local coffee farmer and roaster.

Now that you’re a bit caffeinated, move on to your next stop, a gourmet food shop that specializes in rich Panamanian chocolate. On your way there, enjoy your walk through the World Heritage-listed Casco Viejo district (also known as Casco Antiguo), passing by historical landmarks like the Arco Chato (Flat Arch).

When you arrive at the food shop, sample a piece of organic chocolate from the Bocas del Toro province, where the chocolate is produced by the Ngöbe, an indigenous group. Then take another walk through Casco Viejo toward your next destination, stopping along the way for photo ops of the stunning Metropolitan Cathedral and white-washed Presidential Palace (Palacio de las Garzas).

Next up is a local microbrewery, where you can enjoy a tasting of four beers — whichever are on tap that day. Take a look at the brewery facilities to see how the local beer is made, and learn a bit about beermaking in Panama from your guide.

Continue your adventure along the malecón (sea wall) to a seafood market, where you’ll enjoy some fresh ceviche, a Panamanian specialty that’s also common throughout Central and South America. Panamanian ceviche typically consists of small pieces of fresh raw fish cured in lime juice and flavored with chopped onion and cilantro, and it’s one of the best things you’ll eat all day.

Finally, head to your last stop, a rooftop bar, for a rum cocktail made with 7-year-old Ron Abuelo, which comes from one of Panama's oldest rum producers. As you sip your drink, watch the sunset over the city. Your tour ends here, where you can stay on your own to continue your evening in Panama City, or find perhaps another spot in Casco Viejo to have drinks and dinner.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Kevin is a great, loquacious guide. Loved the old city and the food tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Definitely a must do. The tour guide, Kevin in knowledgeable and engaging. The pace of the evening is perfect for conversation and the opportunity to soak in the skyline of beautiful Panama City. The ceviche was the best and the marketplace fascinating. We did this tour at the end of our trip and it was a great way to bid farewell to Panama for now.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a fantastic time on the city food tour! We learned so much about the Casco Viejo neighborhood. Russ was our awesome tour guide and gave us some great recommendations of places to visit and restaurants to eat! We highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time on our walking tour. The spots were all top notch and, even after returning home, we're still talking about all of the fun we had. Thanks again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Loved this tour and cannot recommend it highly enough. It was informative, fun, different to usual tours and the tour guide was engaging and went well and truely above what was required to make sure each person on the tour enjoyed themselves.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful short tour. Perfect end to our day. Our guide Russ was energetic, informative and very knowledgeable. Great food.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We were quite lucky and the only ones on the trip. Gonzo our guide was a Panamanian who explained us all the details and we had a lot of fun drinking, beer, rum, coffee and having dinner at the fish market. We can really recommend the tour. After the good experience we booked the monkey tour two days later which is also a must!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This was a great introduction to Casco Viejo and Panama City. It had just the right amount of walking versus eating and drinking. It was also nice to have all the food and drink included and taken care of so it is well worth the price. We enjoyed chatting with our guide, Ross, who had great info to share as well as the others participating in the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Excellent trip with great food and drinks. Our tour guide was attentive.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Loved it. What a fun tour! Our guide, an American expat knew all the ins and outs of the Casco and gave us a view we would never have seen on our own. It was good to go on this tour when we first arrived because it gave us a good perspective of the area. We highly recommend this tour.

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