24 hour restaurants in Panama

After a long hard day at work (those that take forever), Uly and I met up in order to enjoy something that we both crave the most at the end of our days, yes… that’s eating.

Since we were starving, we decided to look for restaurant options in Panama.

Between discussing where to eat (totally normal couple discussions) and heading late to our first option, it had already closed (it was way past 10:30pm!).

In that moment of desperation and figuratively starving to death, that’s where I decided to look up in Google for the search key phrase: “24 hour restaurants in Panama“. What a surprise to realize that it wasn’t an easy task to find them at all, because apparently nobody on the web found it useful to write about this topic, I couldn’t believe it!

But guess what? It’s never too late to write one entry about it and from that moment I decided to make a list of 24 hour restaurants in Panama.

Some of them are amazing, some of them do just ok, but most importantly, they meet with the objective of satiating your food cravings at any time. Here’s my list:

Costa Azul

restaurantes 24 horas en panamá

Commonly known as an “international cafe”, it’s a diner with a Panamanian twist.

Here you can satisfy any type of craving at any time, from butter pancakes to our traditional fried fish with “patacones” (fried sliced plantains).

If you’re into drinking espresso at night, they have it as well. Just take in to consideration that if you order something from the breakfast menu out of breakfast hours it may cost a bit more.

Schedule: 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Location: Calle Ricardo Arias.


Pio Pio

restaurantes 24 horas en panamá
Foto: Grupo Melo https://grupomelo.com.pa/

A huge question question that a lot of people ask … What does “pio pio” means?

Well this is an onomatopeya which refers to the chirp that “chicks” (baby chickens) make. The origin of the name? We don’t know, but definitely chicken is served and it’s one of its many specialties.

Is this a KFC? No! This 24 hour cafeteria is the queen of fry foods in Panama.

For those who don’t know, we Panamanians enjoy eating fry foods, so most likely you’ll see us eating it as main courses, snacks, and most important… as drunk foods.

After a good partying believe me, this place is what comes to many Panamanians as top of mind. From the most popular foods that people eat are “carimañolas” (fried beef filling tapioca dumplings), hojaldres (fried bread dough), and sancocho (traditional chicken soup).

It’s a cheap place to eat and you can find one in every corner.

Schedule: 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Location: Country wide. For more information click here.


Niko’s Café

restaurantes 24 horas en panamá
Foto: Nikos Café http://www.nikoscafe.com

It Is one of Panama’s most classic cafeteria with a surprisingly Greek twist. Many people don’t know it, but during the construction of the Panama Canal, a small population of Greeks came so it’s not strange that Panamanians are familiar to greek dishes like: Ladopsomo (salad with Feta cheese, olives and tomato with tzaziki sauce) and Gyro (lamb wrap with tzaziki sauce).

Despite being one of the oldest it’s not in our top places to eat. Through time, unfortunately its food dishes have unimproved and even their prices have elevated instead of the opposite.

Nevertheless you can expect a diverse menu to eat at any time of the day.

You can expect lamb gyro with french fries (quite famous), beef stew with rice, or sancocho at 3am, I think this gives you an idea what foods to expect.

Schedule: 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Location: There’s 9 locations in Panama. Find them here.


Americano Cafeteria from The Executive Hotel (weekends)

restaurantes 24 horas en panamá
Foto: The Executive Hotel http://www.executivehotel-panama.com

Famously known for its delicious breakfasts and weekend’s comfort food. You’ll find from sandwiches to seafood and soups as well.

What you’ll expect? Food variety for customers with different tastes and a place with high demand to eat during weekends.

Schedule: Thursday to Saturday / 24 hours.

Sunday to Wednesday / 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Location: Ave. Aquilino de la Guardia.


Restaurants in casinos (for example: Crown Casino)

restaurantes 24 horas en panamá

Feeling kind of short in budget for a weekend? Are you near to a casino? You have encountered with food salvation, and most important… to eat at any time.

Most of the times, if you see a casino inside a hotel in Panama, that means most likely it will be open 24 hours. Among those we can mention: the casino’s restaurant from “Hotel El Panamá” and “Bingo 90”.


Las Hadas at The Sheraton Hotel

restaurantes 24 horas en panamá
Foto: Sheraton Grand Panama http://sheratongrandpanama.com

Las Hadas is a traditional patisserie in Panama, famous for its desserts and baked goods in general. Besides, it has a large menu of international dishes and some Panamanian traditional ones as well.

It’s located at the Sheraton Hotel in Panama City and has another branch located at Costa Del Este (although this specific one is not open 24 hours a day).

Schedule: 24 hours, 7 days a week. (Only the Sheraton Hotel branch).

Location: Hotel Sheraton, Ave. Israel y Calle 77, San Francisco.


Waikiki Aloha

A restaurant as well as the rest of the above mentioned with an international menu. You’ll find complete dishes of food (protein+side dish+salad), pizzas and ceviche.

The restaurant includes special offers during lunch between $7-$10 that has included: soup as an appetizer, beverage, main course and dessert. (In Panama we call them “almuerzo ejecutivo” which means “Executive lunch”).

This applies for lunch time (12:00 p.m.) to 3:00 p.m.

Ubicación:Ave. Ernesto T. Lefevre.

Schedule: Thursday, Friday and Saturday / 24 hours

Sunday to Wednesday / 6:00 a.m. – 12 a.m.


Bronco Steak

Broncos Steak is a family restaurant (same group of Waikiki), for this reason the menu is quite similar. The customer service is excellent and has a family style.

It is only 24 hours during weekends and during week it closes late evening.

Schedule: 24 hours, Fridays and Saturdays.

Location: Ave. José Agustín Arango.


Don Sammy

This Creole restaurant offers you Panamanian options based on “Fonda” style (cheap comfort food). It’s a place where people most likely go to eat something quick when there’s nothing more open, do not expect a pretty or presentable place.

Location: Plaza Carolina y Villa Lucre.

Schedule: 24 hours, 7 days a week.


Del Prado (Vía Argentina) y El Mesón del Prado (Vía Ricardo J. Alfaro)

The style of these restaurants are based on a classic one, similar to Costa Azul.

Their specialty are sandwiches, coffee, and natural juices.

Location: They have two. Ricardo J. Alfaro (El Mesón del Prado) and Vía Argentina (Del Prado).


Riko Pollo

Like mentioned from other places before, Riko Pollo is only a place for picking up food. Their sandwiches and Creole food are good and they have a wide variety of natural juices, do not expect a fancy or pretty place, it is a simple old-fashion style restaurant.

Location: Obarrio, below Billares Nelson.

Schedule: 24 hours, 7 days a week.

PLUS: Restaurants that are NOT open 24 hours, but close late in Panama.

The Wolf Truck

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This food truck has one of my favorite burgers: “The Tex-Mex”, a thick meat burger with pico de gallo and guacamole, definitely recommended. You can also try their buffalo wings, wraps or even their famous fried plantain chips chili. If you’re looking to satisfy a midnight craving, this is one of the places to go. They keep it simple and yummy. The best part? It closes at 1:00 a.m.!

Schedule: Wednesdays to sundays / 6:30 pm – 1:00 am

Location: San Antonio, vía principal (Ave. Pedro J. Ameglio)

Balboa Boulevard (Ave. Balboa)

Personally I love their french fries and hamburger because It feels home, made by my grandmother. The food feels homemade and it’s delicious, but like everything in Panama sometimes service is good and other times not that good.

Schedule: Monday to Saturday / 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Sunday: closed

Location: Ave. Balboa.

Q Riko

A Venezuelan food joint absolutely delicious. “Q Riko” means in spanish “How delicious” and they bring totally its meaning when you devour its foods.

I love their “Executive lunch” that includes a strong main course and soup, besides they’re well known for their burgers and “arepas rellenas” (corn tortilla stuffed with chicken or beef meat).

100% recommended.

Schedule: Monday-Sunday / 7am-10pm.

Location: Via Espana, besides Exedra Books (where it used to be).

Suvlas (Plaza New York)

(Weekends until 3am FRI-SAT.)

Mediterranean fast food with healthy choices. Suvlas is an awesome choice if you are starving late at night but want to eat something healthy.

Schedule: Friday and Saturday / 11am-3am

Sunday to Thursday / 11am-12am

Location: Plaza New York.


McDonalds (Calle 50 Drive thru)

There nothing much to say, it’s McDonalds xD

Schedule: Weekends Until 2am FRI-SAT.

Location: Calle 50.


Fortunately there is a wide variety of 24 hour restaurants in Panama. If we are forgetting any other in our list, don’t doubt in contacting us to add it. Write us at blog@coupletraveldiary.com or leave us a comment here.

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