A hot spot for tourists and locals mixing culture and nightlife.

About Casco Viejo

Casco Antiguo, also known as Casco Viejo, or the “old quarter,” is Panama City’s historic district. It dates back to 1673 and features vibrant plazas and picturesque brick-paved streets surrounded by colorful buildings filled with history.

Casco Viejo has become a hot spot for tourists and locals mixing culture and nightlife – you can find anything from rooftop bars with live music, five-star restaurants, local gastronomical delights, and shops selling traditional handicrafts to boutique hotels, historical sites, and museums. Casco’s energy is unique, the history resonates through all the areas and offers unique views of Panama City.

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Neighborhood Pricing

This iconic neighborhood has a wide range of listing prices to meet every specific budget and need. If you want to be in the heartbeat of the district and location is your chief concern, you can find historic apartments starting at $250,000. Modern luxury lofts and properties with commercial potential go for upwards of $1,000,000. There are plenty of listings for every budget and taste.

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Casco Viejo Neighborhood Guide

Casco Viejo is considered one of Panama’s most authentic and vibrant neighborhoods. It has undergone serious transformations since it became a historic district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the trendiest areas of town.

You will find it all in Casco – the coolest bars, live music venues, art galleries, and restaurants. Whatever mood you’re in, this neighborhood is a must-see

Our Favorite Buildings in the Area

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Casa Ruigar
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Hotel Colombia
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PH Santo Domingo
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Casa St. George


Because of its unique cultural importance, Casco Viejo is one of the safest spots in an already safe country. This area has a high volume of local and tourist traffic, thanks to its abundance of hip restaurants and luxury hotels. Its visibility makes it an exciting and safe-guarded district to live in or visit.

Public Transportation & Walkability

Walking down the cobblestone streets in Casco Viejo will transport you to a classic, more romantic time.

Only two bus routes pass through the area, as this zone is highly walkable. Street parking can be tricky, so consider a listing with a parking space if you want to forego the headache. Wherever you are, taxis roam the streets, ready to take you wherever you want.

Shopping & Groceries

The Casco Viejo is a hot spot for boutiques and galleries on nearly every street. It’s easy to find clothing, jewelry, local art, and souvenirs wherever your path takes you. 

The Corredor Artesanal De Casco Antiguo is a beautiful street market along the ocean popular with tourists where you can shop everything from Panama hats to locally designed products, including the traditional Mola.

The San Felipe Neri Public Market is ideal to shop for local produce such as fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables. 

In the Seafood Market, you will find the best fish and seafood in the city, and at the most affordable prices. It is a typical Panamanian place frequented by locals. There are also large supermarket chains, such as El Rey and El Machetazo (near the Plaza Santa Ana), where you can purchase all your groceries, baked goods, clothes, and more.


While Casco Viejo is a hotspot for culture, it isn’t far from access to world-class healthcare and hospitals. 

As long as there’s light traffic, you can get to The Pacifica Salud – Hospital Punta Pacifica or Hospital Paitilla in Punta Paitilla in a 15-minute car ride.

Healthcare in Panama is nearly free due to the Social Security System and the Ministry of Health. Still, if you prefer private or international insurance, you can choose major providers, including Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and more.

Hotspots & Hangouts

Our Favorite Restaurants in the Area

Who Lives in this Area?

One of the most exciting aspects of living in Casco Viejo is the community, which includes high-profile politicians, affluent families, local artists, musicians, and actors. Living in this neighborhood means belonging to one of the most diverse and vivifying neighborhoods in Panama City. Locals and ex-pats have taken up residence in this corridor, so wherever you’re from, you’re likely to find foreign and familiar cultures on every block.

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