A local Afro-Panamanian chef will guide you, via eating, through 500 years of Afro-Panamanian culinary history and its effect on the heritage and culture of modern Panama!
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Afro-Panamanian cuisine is one of the most notorious expressions of rebellion and resilience you will find in Panama. When you take this food tour, not only do you taste amazing food, but you visit iconic places in Panama City where Afro-Panamanians have developed an unsophisticated economic system to make a living by fishing, cooking, and selling food. This culinary tour starts in El Mercado de Mariscos (the Fish Market) on La Cinta Costera (the walkway overlooking the ocean). After some really nice walks through iconic Panama City with food in hand, you will grab a cup of coffee [or tea] at one of the best Panamanian coffee shops in town!
Duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: Mercado del Mariscos (map) (Hotel pick-up is also an option for private tours)
Ending point: Mercado del Mariscos (map) (Hotel drop-off is also an option for private tours)
Start time: 10am
Available days: The group tour runs a group tour every Wednesday. Private tours run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. (For special inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
You will meet at 10am at the Mercado de Mariscos on the Cinta Costera (map). (If you booked a private tour, you can request hotel pick up).
First stop: Mercado Del Mariscos (Afro-Colonial expression)
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!
Second Stop: Mi Pueblito Afroantillano
Here 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. Your #BoxDelCoco will feature different flavors, baked goods, and a refreshment. You will enjoy your snack box while guide tells you some of the amazing stories about how Afro-Antilleans went from the Caribbean Islands to the isthmus of Panama.
Third stop: 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. Seafood, beef, poultry, rices, soups, and more are in the daily diet of the Afro-Panamanian people. Centollo’s 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.
Weekly group tour ($120 per person)
This group tour runs every Wednesday, from about 10am (10:00) to 1pm (13:00). Reservations for the upcoming Wednesday close every Monday at noon.
Exclusive tour ($145 per person)
This tour runs with a minimum of 2 people. There is no max number of people. It is available every day of the week, except for Wednesday and Sunday and also runs from about 10am (10:00) to 1pm (13:00).
“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.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.