This is the biggest grocery store chain in Panama, (owned by Presidential hopeful Ricardo Martinelli) it has a concrete floor with industrial feel, but you will find basically everything you need. Sometimes the veggies might be a little limp, but what isn’t in this steamy, steamy land? The Super 99 located in the Azuero Peninsula breaks up the trip to Las Tablas or Pedasi nicely, stop for a tea and a pastry. I’ve heard that the meat under the counter is a little scary, but a Panamanian told us to simply order exactly what you want and come back to get it the next day.
Rey- Rey looks and feels a lot nicer than Super 99. Vegetables are generally more fresh and products are more abundant in variety (i.e. more than two types of bread). Rey also imports more international food items. Both Rey and Super 99 are open 24 hours and have pharmacies.
Riba Smith-Best for Gourmet shopping and those hard to find foreign items (Rob finds his Coffee Mate here). Cleanest and freshes super market by far, though prices are a tad more expensive than the others. The Riba Smith on Transistmica has an amazing café with the most delicious ice cream in Panama in a huge array of flavors.
On the Run- This is a convenient store, but i needed to mention Surprisingly delicious breakfast croissants and equally delicious selection of English gossip magazines (even the obscure- Teen Vogue, Nylon anyone?) And great candy selection. (Hey, I know what’s important) so munch on your Everlasting Gobstopers and read People and be happy.
|Written by Robin Dishner|
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