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A Visit to Panama City Chinatown

A Visit to Panama City Chinatown

A Visit to Panama City Chinatown. The Old Chinatown in Panama City is located in the neighborhood of San Felipe, next to Casco Antiguo.  It covers the area surrounded by these streets: Ave. Eloy Alfaro, Calle Veragua and Avenida B.

The Chinese community is pretty big in Panama (around 6% of the population in Panama is Chinese).  Although most of the Chinese don’t live in this area anymore, it is still an area where people come to look for Chinese products.  Almost all shops in B Avenue are run by Chinese.

Panama City Chinatown – places to visit

Chinese Shops: There are a few very old traditional Chinese Shops, where you can find a great variety of Chinese products.  Casa Juan Siu is one of the oldest.  If you need some cheap birthday decoration stuff, go to B avenue.

Tea House:  There is a very famous tea house, Doctor’s Wang Tea House.  A place that local go and look for nature ways to control their weight, body cleansing or cures for their diseases.

Kwang Chow Restaurant:  This place was featured in Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations program. Perfect for some Dim Sum or Lunch, it’s one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Panama City.  The best place to eat in Chinatown.  Dim Sums are all good, if you go for lunch, I recommend the roasted Duck, it’s delicious!

Panama City Chinatown – How to get there?

It’s located right after the Panama Seafood Market, before you head up to Casco Antiguo.  If you are driving, you will need to park on the street (In Calle Carlos Mendoza) or you can also park in the SeaFood Market and walk there (5 minute walk).

The place is safe to walk, just be careful and avoid showing valuable items.  If you are holding a camera, make sure you hold it tight enough

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The author is a local raised expat. He's been living in the last 25 years in Panama and have been tourist guide, interpreter, translator. He his well connected to the expat community in Panama and would like to share all his insights about this beautiful country with whoever share the same passion. Panama, we love you!

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