Speaking of shopping is to mention a subject that takes
many Brazilians to Panama City. The place is known as a
great place for shopping and really lives up to its
fame. The capital has several shopping malls and a
multitude of local stores and foreign brands from the
most varied branches. The country's official currency is
the balboa, however the US dollar circulates in the
streets, which is equivalent to the local currency. The
dollar is used in the form of banknotes and balboa in
the form of currency - there are no balboa banknotes.
A frequent question from people about Panama is whether
shopping there is really worthwhile. Yes, it's worth it,
but you need to consider the dollar value when naming
your trip. Typically, a product purchased in Panama is
cheaper than a similar product, purchased in Brazil.
Another common question is: Panama or Miami? Panama
is considered the new Miami, with the advantage of not
requiring a visa for Brazilians, but the original Miami
remains an advantage for shopping. If your travel
itinerary includes destinations other than the USA, then
consider stopping in the Panamanian capital for
shopping. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage men's jewelry.
Buying where Panamanians shop is the best alternative
to save; if that's what you're looking for, get away
from the center and go to Metromall and Los Pueblos,
which have good prices. Metromall is a large mall, with
a modern interior and stores of all kinds; Los Pueblos,
in front of the same mall, is a popular place with
several open-air stores. Los Pueblos is neither
luxurious nor beautiful, but it can pay off if you are
lucky and have the patience to look.
To find all the famous brands and discover the most
luxurious Shopping in the city, go to the Multiplaza.
There you will find products from the most important
brands in the world and you will be able to enjoy a
super modern environment and, consequently, with more
expensive products. In the same region, but with much
less charm, is the Multicentro, which has varied stores
and reasonable prices.
The Albrook Mall, a little further away from the
hotel area and the most touristy part of the city, is
another option for those looking for good prices. The
mall is not new, however it has a wide variety of stores
and still has a large supermarket - an interesting
option for buying small products.
If the purpose of your trip is only related to
shopping, be aware of the fact that months when there is
a change of collection in stores (January, February,
July and August) are good times to travel. Another
important tip is that a 7% tax falls on the prices of
products in stores - that is, the value of the labels is
not always the total value, as it does not include the
For those looking to save money, Albrook Mall is
considered one of the best malls in Panama. It is more
distant from the hotel area of the city and the
tourist center, which favors so that the prices are
The mall does not have a modern appearance like the
others, but it has more than four hundred stores,
guaranteeing variety of all types of products. There is
a new area of the mall with famous brands, but you can
also find stores of products that are not so famous in
Brazil with good price and quality. Inside there is a
supermarket and anyone who wants to buy products to eat
or drink can make use of the convenience of finding
everything they need inside the mall.
Albrook stores include: Tommy Hilfiger, Banana
Republic, Reebok, Lacoste, Crocs, Converse, La Riviera,
Mac Store, Adidas, Diesel, Gap, Brooksfield, Puma,
Quicksilver, Billabong, Levis, Nike etc.
Amphora Duty Free - Amateur
The duty free Amateur is a good place in
Panama City for shopping. The store is in a quiet area,
has plenty of physical space and sells different types
of products. Expect to find makeup products, drinks,
glasses, electronics and, above all, perfumes there.
During our visit, we noticed that some prices were
quite advantageous in relation to those practiced in
Brazil and, in some cases, lower than the prices of
Panama Viejo Craft Center
The Centro Artesanal de Panamá Viejo or Mercado
Artesanal is one of the good places in Panama City to
buy local handicrafts, often produced by indigenous
The springs, colorful fabrics made with cotton in
different colors and figures, are present in all types
of products and are a great souvenir to take home. In
addition to the springs, you will find wooden pieces,
clothes, bags, straw products, etc.
The prices practiced in the market, however, are not
so attractive because it is a very popular place for
Los Pueblos Shopping Center is a collection of
Several Panamanians have indicated the place to shop,
ensuring that prices there are better. During our visit
we noticed really lower prices (especially in
electronics) and, at times, the prices were equivalent
to those found in ordinary shopping malls. Is it worth
buying there? It depends. You can find better prices or
not, just by visiting to find out.
Many people say that the place is the cheapest for
shopping, but if you want to enjoy a beautiful and
structured mall, we do not recommend it. It is an
interesting area to look for offers, but without comfort
There are people who say that the Los Pueblos
Shopping Center region is dangerous, but we had no
setbacks during our experience - the place was even
policed. Just be careful with your bag and avoid
shopping there at night.
Metromall is considered a great mall for Shopping in
Panama. The mall is large, has a modern interior and
great prices. It is far from the hotel area of the
city, but it is the closest to Tocumen Airport - and
therefore used by many families who make a long
connection and take advantage of the stop at the
passenger terminal to do some shopping.
The place offers a wide variety of stores, including:
AudioFoto, Calvin Klein, Casio, Converse, Eastpak,
Kenneth Cole, La Riviera, Lacoste, Levi's, Nike, Puma,
Tommy Hilfiger etc.
If the purpose of your trip is shopping, this place
should not be out of your itinerary.
Multicentro is a shopping mall close to the tourist
area of Panama City. The mall has several floors and
an older look, with good shops and options for shopping
and services, especially if your hotel is in that area
and you don't want to go far to shop - but the prices
are not as interesting as those at the malls that are in
the suburbs of the city.
There you will not find so many stores of renowned
brands, but there are some, such as AudioFoto, Levi's,
Kenneth Cole, Nautica, Lacoste, Guess, Desigual,
Brooksfield, Adidas and Nike, among others.
Multiplaza Pacific Mall
Want to see the stores of the moment and find the
most famous brands in the world? The Multiplaza is your
place! The mall, new, modern and large, brings together
stores of super-renowned brands. The price is not as
good as the other shopping centers and that is why this
mall is considered the most expensive in Panama City.
Although the price is not so attractive, we found the
place very pleasant, with a wide variety of stores - it
is worth visiting. Ah, an advantage: it is relatively
close to the hotel area!
Knowing the place, which has a neat interior
decoration, you will see stores like Ralph Lauren,
Givenchy, Diesel, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein,
Armani, Fendi, Carolina Herrera, Roberto Cavalli, Zara,
Adidas, Nike, Hermes, Louis Vuitton etc.