Clarion Victoria Hotel and Suites Panama
Calle D, El Cangrejo
Panama City, 0
Phone: (507) 395 9000
Fax: (507) 395 9001
Molas are possibly the most incredible example of the indigenous Panamanian artisanal tradition. Intricate reverse appliqué embroidery has been practiced by the Kuna people for hundreds of years to make the colorful, geometric patterns of animals, plants, and any other form the artist cares to imagine. At Flory Saltzman Molas, customers are treated to a remarkable array of items demonstrating this technique, with the textiles sewn into bags, shirts, coin-purses, headbands, and simply sold as patches to take on whatever purpose necessary. The encyclopedic place has options for every budget, from small designs costing pocket change to elaborate projects priced at hundreds of dollars.
The mighty modern mass of Multicentro shopping mall—four stories of stores ranging from international brand names to monikers you'll find nowhere but Panama—is much appreciated by most shoppers in the city and is especially a favorite of the youth culture. As well as loads of shopping options, the mall contains a movie theater, a few outdoor restaurants, and even a casino. The food court is situated on the top floor, so everyone who eats there is treated to a gorgeous view over the city regardless of what kitchen they choose.
It's logical that the shopping mall that consistently offers the best deals would be the busiest mall in town. In Panama City, this mall happens to be across the street from the main Bus Terminal, and the action is amped up a notch. Offering more discount stores than the big shopping malls downtown, an uncomparably convenient location, a supermarket, a movie theater, and air conditioning on top of it all, the Albrook Mall is a bustling, vibrant place. Many commuters take advantage of this mall before they transfer to their connecting bus, but plenty of shoppers make it a destination in itself.
A dazzling spread of sparkling jewels draw visitors to the Museo de la Esmeralda, across the street from the lovely Plaza de la Catedral in Casco Viejo. Beautiful emeralds shine out in their polished and unpolished forms and are even displayed as crystals appropriate for special exhibitions. A large portion of the space is devoted to jewelry which is available for purchase, and each customer receives a gift of an emerald. Entrance to the jewelry store and museum is free of charge.