Panamá has been a trade and commerce center known for its excellence since the 15th century. This is the reason that Panama is the leader in Latin America, with so many trade agreements with different countries. It also means that in Panama, we have the option to get things from around the world.
With the expansion of the Canal and further globalization, Panamá now offers a variety of modern and excellent malls, where visitors can get casual items, as well as the finest clothing and jewelry, from Gucci to Chanel, or the less expensive and innovative items, as well as crafts from different ethnic groups in Panamá; all are found in malls in Panamá .
One of the good things for shoppers in Panamá City is that malls offer all kinds of items for sale, as well as well-known hotels in the same area, with local transportation between one another.
Visitors have the option to chose from many different malls, depending on their needs. For example, brand names are offered in almost all major malls; but if less expensive items are needed, as well as furniture, electrical, technology, or unique items, all is there.
Because of the affluence of visitors and foreign residents, more malls and shopping centers are built every year. At the present time, the most well known in the city (in Panama, we often refer to "Panama City" just as "the city"), are: Multiplaza, Multicentro, Albrook, and Metro. All have adjacent prime hotels, restaurants, movies and minor stores. You also find the popular Los Pueblos, Los Andes, and El Dorado shopping centers.
Driving away from Panamá City, after you cross the canal at the Bridge of the Americas, or Centennial Bridge, and go to the "Interior", which is the countryside, you also find Westland Mall, and furthermore, in Coronado are 3 more smaller malls, but very complete. Not to mention, that along the countryside, you find all kinds of shopping centers with everything.
Note: In the town of El Valle, you also find, in addition to excellent hotels and restaurants, the most picturesque public market with crafts, veggies, and all kinds of little interesting things, especially hats and hammocks. The public market in El Valle Is like their trademark.