Where to Get Ice Cream & Popsicles in Casco Viejo Panama

Panama City is the ideal spot to take advantage of a cold treat. The Republic of Panama, located on the isthmus linking Central and South America, has a tropical maritime climate, where the daily high is around 32° Celsius (or about 89° Fahrenheit) and the daily low around 25° Celsius (or about 77° Fahrenheit). Panama is also very humid, especially during the rainy season, which runs from May to December, where the humidity is around 80%. Get for your skin, but not so great for those that tend to overheat (or suffer from frizzy hair).

So, after being embraced by Panama’s heat and humidity for over a decade, what’s the best way to cool down? From the inside out!

While in Casco Viejo, check out the following shops where you’re guaranteed to find a delicious, refreshing treat.

Ay Mi Negra

Website: http://ayminegra.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ayminegra/
Telephone: 388-8452
Address: Avenida B, Casa Perez (next to Hotel Tantalo), Casco Viejo, Panama

Ay Mi Negra, boasting over 75,000 followers on Instagram, is a self-proclaimed “exotic dessert bar”, offering a menu of crepes, ice cream rolls and waffle pops. Ay Mi Negra’s most recommended menu items include the Kinder Addict, Mi Otro Amora, María María and the Waffle Pop de Nutella.

Ay Mi Negra prepares their unique, artisinal desserts right in front of your eyes on a cold stone. Though the locale and dessert variety are relatively small, the presentation and flavor combination are on point. The prices are reasonable and the portions are HUGE. Come hungry or ready to share!

Although (and most likely because) the desserts are so delicious, the wait can be very long (depending on the day and time of day)… Anywhere between 20 and 90 minutes.

 

Forever Yogurt

Website: http://www.foreveryogurt.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foreveryogurt/
Telephone: 228-6756
Address: Av. A Casa Vidal (next to Las Bovedas), Casco Viejo, Panama

Forever Yogurt is a franchise self-serve froyo shop. With over 85 rotating flavors (and approximately 14 at any one time) and over 100 toppings, it’s hard to go wrong! Are you Kosher? Or allergic to gluten? No problem! Forever Yogurt is certified Kosher in Panama, as well as provides options that are gluten free, sugar free and lactose free.

Toppings range from healthy, like nuts and fruit, to deliciously unhealthy, like Reese’s Pieces and Butterfingers.

Buyer beware… Forever Yogurt charges by weight. At 89 cents an ounce, a yogurt can end up costing $15 and upwards.

GranClément

Website: http://www.granclement.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/granclement_icecream/
Telephone: 223-6277
Address: Avenida Central, between Calle 3ra & 4ta (diagonal to Ministerio de Gobierno y Justicia), Casco Viejo, Panama

GranClément serves traditional, gourmet ice cream and sorbets. Founded in 2005 by a French chef glacier (a chef responsible for preparing ice cream and cold desserts) who had relocated from France to Panama.

GranClément’s kitchen values are quality, flavor and tradition. They use only raw materials that are high quality, natural and without any dye or artificial flavoring. GranClément recently added a vegan dairy-free ice cream and a light ice cream (low in fat and sugar) to their menu.

GranClément’s msot popular flavors are Dulce de Leche, Pistachio, Rocky Road and Blackberry.

 

PalettAmerica

Website: http://palettamerica.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/palettamerica/
Telephone: 389-5238
Address: Calle 1era Oeste, Casco Viejo, Panama

PalettaAmerica serves gourmet, 100% natural paletas, or popsicles.

Customers can choose from simple, fruit-based popsicles, like strawberry or kiwi, or opt for a more decadent option, like the “Kit Kat” or “La Colombiana”. The Kit Kat is a gelatto popsicle with a Kit Kat bar inside. “La Colombiana” is a cappuccino-flavored gelatto popsicle. Customers can also make their own in three simple steps… 1) Choose your popsicle, 2) Choose your dipping, 3) Choose your topping.

The most recommended popsicles are Cheesecake, Mojito, Venezolana, Colombiana, S’mores and Mexicana.

 

La Michoacana

Website: http://www.lamichoacanapty.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lamichoacanapty/
Telephone: 398-5990
Address: Av. B 7, Casco Viejo, Panama

La Michoacana has over 110,000 followers on Instagram, as well as countless pictures that will make your mouth water.

La Michoacana’s claim to fame is their popsicles. Options range from healthy, fruit-based to delightfully sinful, where their most famous popsicle is the strawberry filled with condensed milk. In addition to popsicles, they serve traditional ice cream and “raspado”, or shaved ice, as well.

The most recommended items are strawberry filled with condensed milk, mango and chile, watermelon filled with lemon and the strawberry and mango.

 

Rass

Website: https://www.rasspanama.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rasspanama/
Telephone: 389-8577
Address: Calle 8 Este, Casa Morales, Casco Viejo, Panama

Rass Panama is the self-proclaimed first gourmet “Raspadería”, or Shaved Ice Shop, in Panama.

Rass features a variety of natural flavors, including citrus (orange, lemon and lime), pineapple, coconut, strawberry, passion fruit, blueberry, and cherimoya. To liven up your shaved ice, you can add condensed milk, malted milk or molasses.

The counter features a “diablo rojo”, or red devil, a  symbol of Panamanian culture that have been disappearing from the streets. Diablo rojos are school buses from the United States, bought second hand and shipped to Panama, that undergo a makeover to become an extremely colorful, and oftentimes loud, means of transportation.

 

Benissimo

Website: http://benissimopanama.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benissimopanama/
Telephone: 388-0559
Address: Avenida A Esquina Calle 4ta, Casco Viejo, Panama

Benissimo is a gourmet gelato and coffee shop, featuring 100% natural, hand crafted ice cream. If you’re in the mood for savory, they have options as well.

Unlike some of the other dessert shops mentioned, Buenissimo’s atmosphere is welcoming and cozy. Whether you’re looking to enjoy your sweet treat in peace, to catch up on some work or to have an informal meeting, it’s an ideal spot.

The most recommended desserts are the straciatella ice cream, the brownie gelato and the waffle gelato.

 

10 Best Restaurants in Casco Viejo, Panama (that are relevant in 2018)

Magnolia Inn Hotel and Hostel has been around for over a decade, bearing witness to the rise and fall of many a local restaurant in Casco Viejo. Here’s a list of our top 10 restaurants (that are relevant in 2018).

10 Best, Locally-Approved Restaurants in Casco Viejo, Panama

From Panamanian street food to health-conscious traditional cuisine and everything in between, we’ve got you covered! These restaurants and bars provide you with an array of different experiences ranging from amazing food to magnificence ambiance: including romantic, fun and energetic, as well as calm and relaxed. You can’t go wrong with any choice from this hand-picked list created by Casco Viejo locals… Now you just have to decide what sparks your interest!

Lo Que Hay

Lo Que Hay has become a fast favorite from Casco Viejo locals to high end chefs running the best restaurants in Panama! So why is the food at this pop-up restaurant in such high demand? The answer to that question lies in the chef! Lo Que Hay is run by one of Panama’s most sought-after chefs, Jose Carles, who currently heads an award-winning restaurant called Donde Jose, which serves a ten-course, Panamanian infused menu and requires reservations to be made months in advance. At Lo Que Hay, however, you can skip the reservations and enjoy some local comfort and street food from the famed chef, with his special flare.

Lo Que Hay roughly means “What There Is”. In practice, this means that they freshly cook whatever food they have available and once they are out, that’s it!

Address: Avenida A and 5th Street, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 12-3pm & 6:30-10:00pm; Sunday: 11:00-4:30pm
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fondaloquehay/

 

Caffé Per Due

Are you craving good pizza? How about award winning pizza?! Look no further than Caffe Per Due! Winner of the prestigious People’s Choice Award in Pizza Rock, the largest pizza contest in Panama, Caffe Per Due won’t disappoint!

Caffe Per Due is known for their delicious and authentic Italian food, served right in the heart of Casco Viejo. Well-known for its award-winning Pizza Bianca, Caffe Per Due offers options you won’t soon forget, including appetizers, salads, authentic pastas, and scrumptious homemade desserts; not to mention tasty sangria! For those that are vegetarian or need to adhere to gluten-free diets, you need not worry, Caffe Per Due has a menu that accommodates you!

Meanwhile, the ambiance is enough to make you want to stay awhile in the outdoor seating patio in the back, or enjoy the crisp coolness of the air-conditioned inside. Either way, you can’t lose. So sit down, have a few glasses of your favorite wine with your meal and enjoy!

Address: Located on Avenida A y Calle 3a, Casco Antiguo, Panama City, Panama
Phone: 507.228.0547
Hours: Sunday: 9:30am-10:00pm; Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00am-10:00pm
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caffeperduepty/

 

Pizza Bianca Caffe Per Due Casco Viejo Panama

Pizza Bianca – Handmade dough, brie cheese, grana padano cheese, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, semi-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, arugula, truffle oil

Super Gourmet

If you’re looking for a healthy and nutritious option for breakfast or lunch, look no further than Super Gourmet! This cool little eatery offers a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options, ranging from pancakes and eggs to sandwiches and salads; add in the fact that they go the extra mile with their organic chocolate, fresh orange juice, homemade hummus and impressive selection of beers and wine, and you know you’ve got something special!

Their food isn’t just focused on being health conscious, however, it’s focused on being delicious, as well! Super Gourmet serves amazing empanadas, a “Panama Jungle Chocolate” pie that is a hands-down winner, and don’t forget to try the arepas with ropa vieja (pulled beef with avocado and vegetables).

The quality of Super Gourmet’s food is not the only thing it has going for it. Super Gourmet has excellent service and prices. So when you visit, you know you’re getting the most value for your meal.

The central location of Super Gourmet (behind the Palacio Municipal), the fact that it’s an American-owned deli, and that it has free Wi-Fi have made it popular with the local expats.

Address: Avenida A between Calle 6 & 7, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Phone: 507.212.3487
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Website: http://www.supergourmetcascoviejo.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/supergpty/

 

Mahalo

Need to beat the heat, traffic, stress, or just need to kill some time? Why not do so in Mahalo’s hidden oasis! The seating in Mahalo’s outdoor patio is amazing, a retreat from the hectic hustle and bustle of Panama City.

Mahalo is nothing if not relaxed. Their purpose is to help you find your inner peace and if that means playing board games with your dog, Skip, while eating some of their avocado toast or thai coconut chicken curry, then so be it!
Mahalo has a refreshing assortment of vegan and vegetarian friendly meals, but that doesn’t mean that they skimp on the meat friendly options. Their fare ranges from yogurt bowls, to salads, avocado toast, curry, sandwiches, and wraps. You’re sure to find something to satiate your appetite on a hot and potentially humid day.

But food isn’t the only thing that Mahalo serves! Mahalo also offers yoga classes and private pilates sessions.

Address: Avenida A between Calle 4 & 5, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Phone: 507.399.3432
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 9:30am-10:30pm
Website: http://www.mahalopanama.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mahalo_panama/

 

Aki Sake Bar & Japanese Kitchen

Aki is, by all measures, a Japanese restaurant. It offers Japanese, tapas style plates, with a variety of sake and sake cocktails. However, what makes Aki special is that it does this with a Panamanian twist! Their sushi rolls aren’t your conventional fare, there is distinct Panamanian influence to their menu which will have your tastebuds thanking you! For example, one of their offerings is a sushi roll with sweet plaintain, crab, tuna, and avocado.
But it’s not just the food that will keep you entertained! The ambiance of Aki is wild! There is writing all over the walls, which will keep you preoccupied, if need be. Furthermore, there is eclectic art on the walls that, if you absolutely love it, you can purchase.

In keeping with the amusement, Aki offers trivia night every Tuesday.
Aki has certainly found its niche by offering delicious Japanese food with a Panamanian twist, and it’s working!

Address: Calle 8 between Ave. B & Central, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Phone: 507.397.2381
Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 12:00pm-12:00am; Thursday-Sunday: 12:00pm-2:00am
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/akipanama/

 

Nazca 21

A “gastronomic pleasure”, Nazca 21 is an awesome little Peruvian restaurant that provides excellent food at an affordable price. It is a cozy restaurant that is notoriously never empty, so reservations are highly recommended.

Favorite dishes are theoctopus al carbon, the seafood jalea (a dish prepared with dried seafood from northern Peru), ceviche, and sea-bass Fujimori. Furthermore, the prices won’t break the bank despite the amazing food that you receive.

Address: Calle 8a and Catedral, across from Centro de Salud de San Felipe, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Phone: 507.393.7262
Hours: Sunday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm; Monday – Saturday: 12:00pm-11:00pm
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nazca21restaurant/

 

Tio Navaja

Tio Navaja is an amazing restaurant, but it also contains a delightful upstairs bar called Mula where you can conveniently go for after dinner drinks once the meal has finished! In fact, Mula bar is such a cut above the rest that it’s recommended by other bartenders in the city!

Known for their pork and rice and yucca dishes, Tio Navaja offers a unique twist on well-known Panamanian ingredients to ensure that your tastebuds don’t get bored. But if you’re suffering from a little bit of travel fatigue or just looking for a good burger, they have that, too! Their menu is eclectic, ensuring that you’re bound to find something you enjoy, no matter how adventurous your tastebuds are feeling.

And lest we forget their awesome brunches, complete with thoroughly enjoyable mimosas!

Address: Avenida Central, Between 2nd and 3rd Street East, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Phone: 507.395.1749
Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:00am-11:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am-11:00pm; Sunday: 9:00am-7:00pm
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tionavajapanama/

 

Lessep’s Bistro Cafe

Lessep’s is an adorable French bistro that stays true to the traditional French ‘bistro’ concept. According to its website, Lessep’s is imbued with a sense of Joie de Vivre (joy of living) in the heart of Casco Viejo. According to reviews, diners have experienced this in both the food and service.

Lessep’s only just opened in Summer of last year but has already started to cement itself into the Casco Viejo and Panama City scene for its authentic Parisian atmosphere and delicious French cuisine. You can expect to get such classic dishes as onion soup, foie gras, and the wonderfully cooked steak.

And not to worry, Lessep’s provides the perfect wine list to accompany any item you may choose from the menu.
Don’t feel like a full meal? Lessep’s would be worth visiting for the dessert alone. They are very rich and quite memorable, with special mention going to the profiteroles!

Address: Avenida A & Calle 4, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Phone: (507) 385-2547
Hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 12:00pm- 10:00pm; Friday and Saturday: 12:00pm-11:00pm
Website: https://www.lessepsbistrot.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lessepsbistro/

 

The Strangers Club

Talk about an interesting origin story! The Strangers Club is the love child of 6 entrepreneurial bartenders, from New York City’s Employees Only, who saved their money and opened The Strangers Club doors in June, 2017. Interestingly, The Strangers Club garners its name from the diversity in Panama City and “providing a platform for hospitality that’s unique to Panama.” It is also a nod to the heritage of Panama, borrowing the name from an old bar in Colon, Panama, known as Strangers Club, which operated from 1920 to 1970.

Stop in and enjoy the comfortable, darkened atmosphere and music one night while enjoying one of their top selling cocktails, the Angie. If you decide to order dinner then can’t go wrong, either, because the food is delicious!
Not a night person? That’s not a problem, there’s brunch every Sunday!

Address: Calle B Avenida Central, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Phone: 507.282.0064
Hours: Sunday: 12-4pm, 6pm-12:00am; Monday – Wednesday: 6pm-2am: Thursday – Saturday: 6pm-4am
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestrangersclubpanama/

 

Tomillo

Tomillo is a tapas-style restaurant that takes classic dishes and puts a modern twist on them which creates flavorful and unique options. Some popular items from Tomillo’s extensive menu include the Tuna Ceviche, Puerco Carnita Flatbread, and Pepperoni Gnocchi. For dessert, there is the famous “Kaboom”, which consists of a ball of chocolate with lemon mousse, vanilla and almond biscuits that the waiter will cause to explode at your table. It is a dining experience that you won’t soon forget!

Food isn’t the only alluring aspect of Tomillo. The restaurant is set within the hollowed-out courtyard of a centuries-old building in Casco Viejo, making it immediately stand out for its casual and romantic atmosphere.
Tomillo is an excellent place to come for the food and stay for the ambiance!

Address: Calle Victoriano Lorenzo, Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama
Phone: 507.202.6873
Hours: Monday and Sunday: Closed; Tuesday-Saturday: 7:00pm-12:00am
Website: http://tomillopanama.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tomillopanama/

 

Panama has some of the most delicious and unique food that the world has to offer due to the cultural diversity that abounds in the city. Take advantage of this hotspot for great food and vibrant atmospheres by visiting some of the restaurants mentioned above for some truly memorable experiences!