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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 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.
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 email@example.com)
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.
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)
“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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