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Food Tour in Panama City – Afro-Panamanian Culinary Heritage

If you’re interested in taking this food tour before December, please email us at for availability and more information!

4.5 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)
USD $120.00USD $145.00

Per Person
Type of Tour

Food Tour in Panama City – Afro-Panamanian Culinary Heritage


  • Get a proper introduction to authentic Panamanian cuisine
  • Experience iconic neighborhoods in Panama City
  • Visit one of the most famous Afro-Panamanian enclaves in the “City”
  • Local and extremely knowledgable bilingual guide


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 Marisco of La Cinta Costera. After some really nice walks through iconic Panama with food in hand, we will grab a cup of coffee [or tea] at one of the best Panamanian coffee shops in town.

The food [is all included]


  • Lobster ceviche
  • Sea bass ceviche
  • Stan patty beef
  • Plantain tart
  • Orange and raspadura juice
  • Codfish cakes
  • Patacones
  • Rondon
  • Chef’s special
  • Coffee



Duration: 3 hours

Meeting point: Cinta costera 3, Mercado del Marisco (Hotel pick-up is also an option for private tours)

Ending point: Cinta costera 3, Mercado del Marisco (Hotel drop-off is also an option for private tours)

Starting time: 10am (This tour runs a group tour every Wednesday, and private tours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For special inquiries, please contact us at

First stop: Mercado Del Marisco (Afro-Colonial expression)

One of the most colorful places in the city with fresh seafood everyday. Panamanians have their own version of the famous ceviche. They basically make ceviche out of anything they fish. Lobster, octopus, prawns are just some of the most popular flavors of ceviche you can taste here.

Second Stop: Mi Pueblito Afroantillano (Afro-Antillean expression)

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 the tour guide shares some of the amazing Afro-Antillean journey from the Caribbean Islands to Panama.

Third stop: Centollo’s Place (Afro-Panamanian expression)

For the first time in history, an Afro-Panamanian restaurant open its door in a mall. Here you will experience the result of our 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.

What’s Included:

  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Knowledgeable and enthusiastic, bilingual guide
  • Professional Photos, retrievable online after the tour is over

Important Notes

Weekly group tour ($120 per person)

Tour will be given weekly, every wednesday from 10am to 1pm approx (reservations close every monday at noon). Might be in a group depending on the demand.

Exclusive tour ($145 per person)

Tour will be given for a minimum of 2 people, no maximum. Any day of the week except for wednesday and sunday from 10am to 1pm approx (upon confirmation of availability).

Meeting point: Cinta costera 3, Mercado del Marisco (Hotel pick-up is also an option)


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Kyle Wiggins

Isaac Villaverde

“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.

*Please note that this tour may be guided by another local guide, always providing a genuine approach to the local culture.

  1. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Do this tour! VERY good food, learned a little about the very visible Afro Panamanian community (both the Afro-Colonials and the Afro-Antilleans), and visited local Afro food sites in Panama City.


    * We were served delicious food at all 3 sites we visited (fresh ceviche in casual, Styrofoam cups at the ”Woman of Ceviches” shop in the El Mercado de Marisco Seafood Market – one of the best things I’ve ever tasted; flavorful beef and plaintain-stuffed “patties” at the Ancon Hill Mi Pueblito complex; and a full dinner of tender ox tails, fried fish in mustard sauce, catfish cakes, crisp patacones, salad, and a spicy fruit drink at “Donde Ivan”, a local restaurant in the Rio Abajo neighborhood).

    * The food tour guide is a chef himself and personally made sweet and savory patties, which were like empanada pastries, except delicious and without all the grease, patacones (like a mashed, fried plaintain) and sorrel juices for us to eat and drink along the way. No need to eat beforehand because you will receive large samples and a huge meal at the local restaurant. You will not be shortchanged and will be stuffed by the end!


    * I would have liked to slow down and learn a little more about Mi Pueblito.

    * Keteka didn’t receive several email replies to their email request for our details. By the time we got everything straightened out, it was too late to keep our original tour time and we had to reschedule for a later that same day. Not a huge inconvenience and the tour was still very good, but this could have been a miss if we had other plans arranged for that evening.


    * My long standing fear of being sickened by raw fish kept me from finishing off the ceviche we got at the Marisco market (something about eating raw food seems weird to me. For that same reason, I don’t eat Sushi.) – Even though the ceviche was fresh and tasted absolutely delicious I only ate half of it (which was still a very large portion, actually). BUT … It’s now been 3 days since the tour and I have not had even the tiniest twinge of illness, then or now. The only thing I have is a twinge of regret that I did not finish a great first-time food experiences. ‘Cuz the ceviche was delish!

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Our tour with Isaac was beautiful. He was very well informed and accommodating. We will definitely recommend this tour to friends that visit Panama City. As an American of Italian descent, I comprehend how food can tell the story of a people. It was beautiful too see Isaac’s passion about his background, his culture’s cuisine and the future of Panama City. Communication was excellent with e-mail exchange several days prior to our tour. By the end of the tour we felt that we had made a new friend in Isaac and his “driver” Anna. I wish him the best in all of his future endeavors. Thank you again for setting us up.

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