Avenida Central
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Six-block-long pedestrian mall that is lined with shops and restaurants.
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Alex L
London, UK295 contributions
May 2022
Avoid avoid avoid - this is a very dangerous neighbourhood. A man tried to rob me at knife point on this street at 11:30 am in the morning and fortunately, I was able to run away as I had a head start. The man shouted abuse at me whilst waving the knife at me, I speak Spanish so I knew he was threatening to kill me if I didn't give him everything. I ran away and found the police who just shrugged their shoulders as if this was the kind of thing that happened every single day there and they weren't even interested in chasing the guy who tried to rob me. I know there may be a morbid curiousity associated with, "oh let's see how the poor people live" but trust me, it's not worth it. No no no. Stick to the main tourist attractions in Panama City and avoid where the poor people live. I've traveled a lot around South and Central America, from Dominican Republic to Chile and this was the first time someone tried to rob me at knife point. I can't stress this enough - avoid this place if you're traveling alone, especially at night. You want cheap shops, go to Albrook Mall where you can still find places like Titan's (and others which are equally cheap) without anyone trying to rob you at knife point.
Written June 2, 2022
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Brian
Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia5 contributions
Aug. 2021
I got a cab to this place this morning. I was expecting to be taken to a mall, but it turns out it's just a street - and a pretty dodgy one at that. I stuck out like a sore thumb as I was walking about looking for the "mall" I'd seen on Google maps. I felt very, very uncomfortable. This area is just grotty street stalls, cheap mobile phone accessory and discount clothing stores. My advice: don't even get out of the cab - go straight to Casco Viejo.
Written August 16, 2021
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wonderful2day2
San Carlos, Panama6 contributions
Dec. 2019
If you want a taste of Panama City, this local area has a lot of history. The shops are not fancy but is a nice stroll on a street that is closed off to traffic for nice stroll. Near to Casco Viejo. Easy walk from Cinco De Mayo subway
Written October 12, 2020
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Starla34
3 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Solo
It is long n worth the walk. Got most my bras from a store very close to titans....was the most variety for my size...I wear 36dd. There are like 3 clothing stores b4 titans...really worth going to...most reviews online said to expect characters....everyone was friendly...but I did try to fit in as much as possible...dressing like I lived there and not speaking unless necessary...as i didn't know much Spanish...enjoyed the trip !
Written December 31, 2019
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Sophie
22 contributions
Mar. 2019
I honestly do not recommend to take precious holiday time to go there. Really nothing to see, except some super cheap local shops. To me it was a little scary... Would never go there late at night as it feel dangerous... Avoid if possible.
Written August 6, 2019
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haktus
Zurich, Switzerland1,238 contributions
May 2019 • Family
I guess the majority of Panama City people shop "like" here and the shops, the street give you an impression of a very different face of Panama city, besides the skyscrapers and the polished (to be) Casco viejo. So stroll up or down here to get a glimpse of real life.
Written May 8, 2019
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Marline M
Toronto, Canada21 contributions
Feb. 2019 • Couples
Based on online reviews decided to try and search for local artisans in the area. Big mistake. The stores were full of cheap 'dollar store type' merchandise. The locals did not give off a vibe of friendliness and we also observed a lot of police and security personnel walking around and or stationed in front of banks. Depressing and run down area. Needs complete overhaul and the installation of local artisans. This pedestrian mall should not be recommended for tourists.
Written February 18, 2019
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,396 contributions
Jan. 2019 • Solo
Not quite sure why someone decided to put this on Tripadvisor. This is simply a pedestrian street where locals shop and eat. It is located close to Casco Viejo (if you’re walking from the nearby metro station, you’ll need to pass through here to get to CV). This area is 180 degrees from central Panama City. I felt like I stood out like a sore thumb here. Very sketchy area and some shady looking characters lurking about. I would only walk here during daytime hours.
Written January 28, 2019
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Perry Grinate
Ashby de la Zouch, UK717 contributions
Nov. 2018
If you like busy local shopping areas with lots going on, this is for you. get off at the 5 May metro station. Afterwards visit the nearby Mercado Artesianas to buy local goods at a fraction of Old Town prices
Written November 29, 2018
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JDB
Scottsdale, AZ5,225 contributions
Jul. 2018 • Solo
Not sure why this place is even on TripAdvisor. It is a place where regular people work/live/shop. Nothing trip-worthy here in my opinion. Just beyond average. Normal day-to-day living occurs here.
Written August 21, 2018
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