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Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Bougainvillea on the side of the road – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingEl Valle de Antón offers a variety of  small stores, especially for weekend visitors.  It is a very small town, but full of flowers and beautiful mountains and with lots of things to do and enjoy.
 
As a tourism site, the stores are more oriented to sell souvenirs, crafts and hammocks.  You can find beautiful "molas" ( handmade by the Indians in the San Blas islands) at extraordinary prices.
 
There are some grocery stores that also sell varieties of boots, shoes or very basic casual clothes.
 
But, surprisingly, sometimes you find in El Valle something that you have been looking for a long time, which is what happened to me.  I found a pair of boots (I love gardening) if my size, that I couldn´t find in the city, in a little Chinese store.  And when we got married (in ancient times), and we spent the first week of our honeymoon in El Valle (by the way, this place is just the place for honeymooners), the first thing my husband bought me was a yellow pair of pants, that  I needed.
 
So, you never know what you will find.
 
But if you do not find what you are looking for in El Valle, not to worry.  There are towns only 30 minutes away, like Coronado, or little further in Arraijan (Westland Mall) with plenty of  modern malls and all kinds of facilities where you can find all kinds of clothes at ridiculously low prices. 
 
 
Neil Stein of Panama Paraiso – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Albrook Mall Panama City Panama Shopping – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere is not a whole lot of shopping places in El Valle de Anton. In fact, when I got here, there were just the supermarkets but now there are a few internet cafes and the mall that was just recently built called Paseo El Valle. It has a big supermarket called The Rey. You will also find a gym, a bicycle shop, some restaurants, a wine and cheese shop, a coffee shop, and other interesting stores in that small upscale mall. It is very nice.
 
If you want to buy clothing, you will not be able to do that in El Valle. There is a little souvenir shop here that opened up recently. There are some women’s clothes over there but it has a very limited variety. So if you want to shop for clothes, the closest you can go to is Coronado (45 minutes away from El Valle by car) or if you really want to do some serious shopping, you can go to Panama City (2 hours away from El Valle by car). There are about four large malls in Panama City. One is the Albrook Mall (in the picture above), which has two levels and has over 300 shops, so you can find anything you could possibly want. There are many American shops there. They have Nike, Adidas, and other known brands. 

Bill Brunner of abc realty panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
El Valle de Anton Street Vendor – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere are several places in El Valle de Anton to shop for food. There is a newly built shopping complex here in El Valle that is anchored by a supermarket chain that carries most of the stuff you need. So grocery-wise you can go to this shopping complex or to the Chinese stores. On the other hand, fresh produce is available at the open-air market.  Hardware and building materials are also available in El Valle through three Chinese stores, one of which is just recently built.
 
Now having said that, everything appears more expensive in El Valle than it is in Coronado (the closest larger town, less than an hour away by car), so if you are buying lots of items, you’re better of going to Coronado, where there are four hardware stores. Another option is to go to Panama City (about two hours away by car), if you are going to buy building materials of any quantity.
 
Clothing, furniture, decor and others things are available in Coronado in a wide variety of stores… but not in El Valle. You are not going to find any boutique stores in El Valle yet, although, there are a number of empty spaces in that newly built shopping complex, and maybe somebody will put one in there in the future.
Enrique Tiban of Residencial El Valle – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Yes, there is going to be a shopping mall in el Valle this year. It will be open on April. 

There will be clothing stores, restaurants, banks, bakeries, clinics and a supermarket. 

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