CASCO VIEJO, where elegant mansions rub shoulders with dilapidated ruins in the oldest most vibrant part of Panama City. Originally the home turf of Panama’s elite, the second half of the 20th century was not kind to this old quarter. Rapidly re-gentrifying, it is once again the place to be. James Bond himself, well, actually Daniel Craig, was a local during the filming of Quantum of Solace.
Stay: The American Trade Hotel. This once abandoned 1930’s apartment building is now the must stay luxury boutique hotel of the city. High ceilings, big rooms with no expense spared decor and an in house jazz club make it the epitome of equatorial chic.
Drink: Casa Nuratti. The who’s who say they come here for the breathtaking sunsets and four directional forever views. But it may actually be to admire the stunning mini-clad servers. Regardless, they stay for the cocktails. The pina coladas are worth every calorie!
Eat: Caliope. Ring the bell and wait to be led into this hip new dinner destination. Named after the leader of the Greek muses and lover to both Apollo and Ares, Caliope offers innovative, oh so tasty dishes. Chef Martino Pace is committed to the best ingredients and sticks to local whenever possible. Favourites include the slow cooked forever, melt in the mouth short ribs and the lighter almost raw, perfectly seasoned tuna tatami. No one should lead without indulging in the chocolate sphere, heaven in a bowl!