by Carrie Honaker | March 18, 2024

Panama City’s Newest Places to Eat, Stay and Play

The latest restaurants, coffee shops and other haunts in Panama City.


A new breed of entrepreneurs have infused historic Panama City with a whimsical character all their own by introducing new concepts and giving a shine to some old favorites. If you go, here are some must-see stops that capture a real sense of place.

Photography by Lou Columbus.

Hotel Indigo, Panama City Marina

7 Harrison Ave

The brand-new property anchoring the end of Harrison Avenue offers sweeping views of St. Andrews Bay with interiors inspired by the area, pet-friendly rooms and a walkable location convenient to restaurants, bars and businesses in historic downtown. Visit Tarpon’s for their signature snapper served with smoky maque choux or head up stairs to the Steam on 5, the only rooftop bar in Panama City, for a St. Andrew Bay Punch and a view of a fiery Gulf Coast sunset.

Photography by Lou Columbus.

El Weirdo

24 W Oak Ave

Once a busy food truck in the alley behind History Class Brewing Company, this brick-and-mortar spot for popular taco slingers, also created by Branch, Whaler and Magner, includes its own brewpub with a slightly different flavor than the flagship location. With more than $100,000 invested in the art alone, El Weirdo is a true showcase of the artists of Panama City. Come for the art, stay for the veggie tacos with Brussels sprouts and add a side of queso dip so good you’ll want to drink it.

Read about historic Panama City’s comeback from Hurricane Michael.

Photography courtesy of The Press.

The Press

310 Harrison Ave

No downtown is complete without a cozy coffee shop, and owner Kevin Mitchell along with wife Erica recognized the need while walking around after Hurricane Michael. Today, the exposed brick walls, roomy areas with comfortable seating and the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans fills the bustling space. Congregate, relax and enjoy a house flight of coffees (four signature brews) and a Riding With the King crepe (Nutella, banana, peanut butter: “Thank you, thank you very much”).

Little Village

2808 W 12th St

Down the street from Hunt’s Oyster Bar in St. Andrews, this off-the-beaten-path waterfront enclave houses a collection of indie shops and eateries like Finns Island Style Grub, a boho boutique specializing in local crafts, a wine bar that also sells pies and a barista bar. The palm-leaf palapa features a back deck with a rotation of live music and a sign that reads, “Welcome to Little Village. No Strangers. Only Friends We Haven’t Met Yet.”