Although technically not a restaurant, the fish market compound is home to multiple seafood stands, ceviche vendors and a very casual restaurant that serves a daily menu and can also cook whatever you purchase downstairs.
The main attraction of the building lays on the ground floor; a bustling colorful market consisting of a mix of people from all nationalities and social statuses. In this popular place, there are no distinctions but a common ground which is the love for seafood.
Beds of ice are covered with lobsters, king crab, soft shell crab, octopus, shrimp, tuna fish, sea bass, red snapper, clams, calamari, sardines, scallops and so much more; everything at excellent prices and, who knows, you may be able to negotiate.
This is a fun spot to visit not only in a food sense but also as a cultural experience. Try the different ceviche preparations from the strip of vendors outside in the parking lot, our favorite is the lobster cocktail. Most of the ceviche vendors offer a sitting area and refreshments including beer which is the perfect beverage to go with ceviche.
The restaurant upstairs serves incredibly inexpensive and down to earth Panamanian food. Seafood is the specialty, of course, and one of the most popular dishes is the deep fried whole fish.
Do not expect anything fancy as this place is as basic as you can get while still being in a safe place. The health ministry keeps a close eye on the fish market operations and is constantly monitoring all health related regulations, so feel free to visit and enjoy the catch of the day.
It doesn’t matter if you are traveling or if you are a resident, this is a must visit spot.
End of Balboa Avenue
Hours: Every day from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed the 3rd Monday of the month.