No surprise, Balboa Avenue is a pretty ideal place for grocery shopping in Panama City. The Riba Smith supermarket chain – the best in the city – offers a wide selection of fresh produce (including organic), in-house bakeries and great fish and meat counters. And lucky for you, two stores are right within walking distance from Balboa Avenue, one inside the Multiplaza and the other by Urraca Park.
PTY Local is a locavore’s dream that brings produce, meats, delicious prepared meals and handmade cosmetics and household products right from the farm to their table – or your table, if you prefer to order online and have it delivered. Foodie stocks specialty hard-to-find produce and spices like fresh yellow dates and dragon fruit, and Rincón del Chef also lives up to its name by offering a great variety of gourmet, both local and imported, as well as hydroponic and organic products. Deli Kosher Market inside MultiCentro has a DeliKafe counter with ready to go take-out kosher meals too.
And of course the Mercado de Mariscos is THE place for fresh seafood in the city: browse the endless counters spread with lobster, oysters, octopus, white bass, sawfish, mackerel, grouper, salmon and fish we’ve never heard of State-side. The restaurant upstairs will cook your lobster or fresh fish for a modest fee too.
This article is part of our Ultimate Guide To Living And Investing On Balboa Avenue.