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. Use our Panama City trip itinerary maker tool to arrange your visit to Mercado de Mariscos and other attractions in Panama City.
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  • Seafood market with fair price. Worth at unusual. Access from the 5 de Mayo subway station.
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  • The fish market is like any fish market... According to, listened and fishy, but the restaurant on the 1st floor is really good. Very nice selection of dishes. Map in English u service very nice. Prices are ok. Eating ceviche. This was really delicious.
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  • This area has three sections - a multi-restaurant area on the marine side (this is where all the hassle from vendors takes place), an area behind this where fish for the restaurants is prepared, and s...  more »
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  • Don't let the vendors scare you away from this find! True, you will be asked at every corner to dine in each vendor's space. Also true, they are fine with a "no, thank you" s just focus on menu boards, find what interests you and have a seat. From there, enjoy a plethora of ceviche, wonderful grilled covina and shrimp and a cold can of Panama beer. Colorful, loud, fun!
  • I used to visit this place for the nice fresh seafood a few years ago. It was a local atmosphere and a relaxed friendly set of restaurants. Unfortunately it has changed a lot and got very commercial. Food court style restaurants and very aggressive waiters try to lure you into their restaurants. All restaurants play their own music so it gets pretty noisy. My food order took nearly 50 minutes to prepare and it wasn't busy in the restaurant. The quality of my dish wasn't great either. Fish was super deep fried. To conclude my experience was an expensive (price quality wise) and disappointing dining experience. This is not my seafood place anymore.
  • Been here 6 times in last 5 years. What a slice of Panamanian city life. Get ready for GREAT ceviche!
  • Econo Fish was the place we picked for dinner. I picked a sea bass fillet with a side of coconut rice and a Balbo beer. Wife had a lobster and coconut rice. Ceviche was good. Bring cash, debit /credit card machine may not have internet access. Great waiter very helpful. Made great suggestion for us to pick from without pressuring us. Will return when in the region again.
  • Very good ceviches at a very affordable price. Please be ready to be chased by vendors (just say no and they'll understand) they really try to pursue you to eat at their spot.

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