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Mercado de Mariscos, Panama City

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For fish so fresh it’s nearly flapping amid the buzzing atmosphere of a city’s fresh fish market, head to Mercado de Mariscos. Tuna, snapper, lobster, octopus--everything on offer is yours to take home for the right price, or have cooked to perfection in the authentic fish restaurant located upstairs. The fresh ceviche on sale from many of the vendors is a tasty and very popular delicacy; grab one to go and take a walk around the busting market, which overlooks the harbor. Plan to visit Mercado de Mariscos during your Panama City vacation using our convenient Panama City travel itinerary maker.
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  • The building is under renovation so the market is in the work area behind the food stalls. THIS IS A REAL LIVE FISH MARKET. Fresh fish with all the smell and mess that goes with it. The fleet comes in...  more »
  • Eating at the fish market is definitely an interesting experience. The view is not the most appealing and the touts are pushy, but the ceviche is fresh, the prices are low and the service is decent. T...  more »
  • Wonderful experience, music, food and good atmosphere in general. Right in the coastal belt. Unless I could not eat at the place because the smell of decomposed fish is frightening. I understand that it is a seafood market, but if you're a little sensitive with food I don't want to eat there, I recommend just go ride.
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  • Many different types of seafood to purchase. You can get anything you want here to cook yourself or have cooked to order by any of the many eateries. Ceviches are tasty, but be aware of aggressive vendors and varying prices. Shop around for the best deals and cleanest restaurants. Don't be bullied or pressured. Take your time and enjoy.
  • A very interesting experience. You get a chance to see the seafood going from boat to store (you also get to smell it) in an environment very different from what most of us are used to. The best part was the restaurants that surround the market. Believe it or not the food was actually pretty good. A worthwhile stop if you have some time to kill in PC.;
  • Popular place for cheap beer and seafood. Cafeteria style. Place seemed a bit unsanitary so we did not end up eating there but that didn't stop the locals from feeding there. Pushy foodcourt owners will coerce you to eat there every few steps. Eat at your own risk.
  • Food was fresh and good. Had a slight smell of fish market. Waiters are aggressive in trying to convince you to dine in their restaurants.
  • Far from the best seafood I have had, but certainly with a visit. I recommend the almejas (clams) in garlic sauce, the fried calamari and the fried corvina (sea bass). I also want to put in a good word for Orlando, our server from Colombia who was terrific.

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