Taste the flavors of Panama City on this unique food tour. A local chef will guide you through 500 years of Afro-Panamanian culinary history and its effect on the heritage and culture of modern Panama!
This tour is unavailable until future notice – the local guide is re-designing the experience. If you are interested in doing a private food tour in Panama City, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Afro-Panamanian cuisine is one of the most notorious expressions of rebellion and resilience in Panama. On this food tour, you will taste amazing food while visiting iconic places in Panama City where Afro-Panamanians have developed an independent economic system to make a living by fishing, cooking and selling food. Experience the bright flavors of the city with this off-the-beaten-path food tour led by a local Panamanian chef!
The list of dishes you will be trying out includes lobster ceviche, sea bass ceviche, stan patty beef, plantain tart, codfish cakes and patacones. A chef’s special, orange and raspadura juice as well as coffee will also be served.
Duration: 3 hours (Tour stars from 10:00 am to 13:00 pm)
Start/End location: Mercado del Mariscos, Panama City
Availability: Year-round (Weekly group tour runs every Wednesday while private tour runs every day of the week except for Wednesday and Sunday)
Miscellaneous: Private tour requires a minimum of 2 travelers
First, you will visit Mercado Del Mariscos, one of the most colorful places in the city and a daily source of fresh seafood. Here you will learn about Panamanians’ unique version of ceviche, and how they basically make ceviche out of anything they can catch in the ocean, including lobster, octopus, and prawns.
Then, you will head to Mi Pueblito Afroantillano, where you will be captivated by one the best views of the city from the skirts of the Cerro Ancon – Mi Pueblito Afroantillano was built by the government almost 20 years ago, but lack of maintenance and organization have made the place less attractive to tourists. Here you will receive a #BoxDelCoco, a snack box created by La Tapa Del Coco, and your #BoxDelCoco will feature different flavors, baked goods and a refreshment. While you enjoy your snack box, your guide will also let you in on some of the amazing stories about how Afro-Antilleans went from the Caribbean Islands to the isthmus of Panama.
Last but not least, head over to Centollo’s Place – for the first time in history, an Afro-Panamanian restaurant has opened its door in a mall! Here you will get a true sense of Panama’s culinary cultural mix, where items such as seafood, beef, poultry, rices, soups, and more constitute the daily diet of the Afro-Panamanian people. Centollo’s Place has been in business for over 20 years and their success is based on their quality and consistency expressing the best of the Afro-Panamanian culinary heritage.
“What is the essence Afro-Panamanian cuisine?”
“After years of receiving the same question, I went on a quest to find the answer. The tour is the most authentic representation of more than 500 years of Afro-Panamanian culinary history,” declared Isaac Villaverde—the guide for this tour. Isaac is the founder of the Movimiento Cultural La Tapa Del Coco, an organization that promotes the preservation of Afro-Panamanian traditions with gastronomy at the core of its activities. La Tapa Del Coco, as it’s commonly referred to, has been positioned as a point of reference for Afro-Panamanian development and entrepreneurship recognized by the New York Times, TVN2, and other media.
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