Restaurants in Boquete, Panama

When you stay with us at Villa Alejandro or La Residencia you are welcome to use our fully equipped guest kitchen to prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner or a picnic to take on your day’s adventure into the Chiriqui highlands. Our self-catering apartments and casitas have their own well-equipped kitchens.

However, a trip to Boquete wouldn’t be complete without savoring local and international cuisine at some of the town’s best eateries. You’ll find a great selection of restaurants in Boquete Bajo, which is an easy five-minute stroll away. 

We’re a small town, but there are over 30 restaurants, coffee shops and bars to choose from. Here is a small selection of what you can find.

Breakfast in Boquete

Sugar and Spice Boquete

Boquete’s favorite bakery, serving breakfast and lunch, and takeaway bread and cakes. Sugar and Spice is more like a diner than a restaurant, with sandwiches, salads and pastries, plus a few Mexican dishes included on the inexpensive menu. This is a great place to start your day and where you’ll find many expats enjoying breakfast.

Sugar and Spice Location
Sugar and Spice website

Restaurante Olga

Open from 7am – to 3pm for breakfast and lunch! Expect a warm Panamanian welcome from the owner.  The varied menu serves Panamanian, American and Panamerican lunch and breakfast at great prices. Whatever you choose, it will be delicious. Olga’s is a fabulous place for breakfast or brunch. This is our personal number one place for breakfast in Boquete.

Restaurante Olga Location
Restaurante Olga on Facebook page

Malu Cafe & Bakery

Modern Panamanian Diner serving breakfast, brunch and lunch. The varied menu is affordable with a great choice of salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and delicious desserts.

Malu Cafe Location
Malu Cafe & Bakery Facebook page

Cheap & Cheerful Eateries

El Sabroson

One of the cheapest meals you can find around and not bad for the price! It is a self service restaurant so nothing fancy. Rice, beans and meat!

El Sabroson Location
El Sabroson on Instagram


The best pizza in town is served in this small but welcoming eatery. The pizza is baked over a wood stove and the menu offers great value for money.

Apizza Location
Apizza website

Cafe Boquete By Big Food Grill

This is a no-frills eatery. Basic but serving great food. It’s located just behind the police station.

Cafe Boquete Location

Mid-range price Eateries

RetroGusto Restaurant & Bar

This popular Italian restaurant enjoys an amiable atmosphere and serves great food. Our number one choice if you are in the mood for Italian food.

RetroGusto Location
RetroGuesto website

Restaurante de mariscos La Cueva del Pitufo

Don’t let looks deceive you! Restaurante de mariscos La Cueva del Pitufo is the  best place for seafood in town. Small but cozy, great Peruvian food. Try pulpo al carbon and ceviches!

Restaurante de mariscos La Cueva del Pitufo – Location
La Cueva del Pitufo – Facebook  

Il Pianista

Little Italian restaurant at the base of the Pianista hike, out of town, 10 minutes by car. Best known for their wood-fired pizza. Extraordinary terrace, located by a waterfall that flows into a stream, lush green landscape.

Il Pianista – Location
Il Pianista – Facebook 

Fine Dining Restaurants

Butcher Chophouse

“I hate reality but it’s still the best place to get a good steak” Woody Allen. 

If you are in the mood for a steak head to the Butcher Chophouse. Serving meat cuts from five counties, this is fast becoming one of Boquete’s favorite places to dine. The food is great, as is the presentation and service.

Butcher Chophouse Location
Butcher Chophouse on Facebook

The Rock

The Rock presents fine dining in an idyllic location. It’s out of the way, but worth the trip. The food is delicious and beautifully presented, featuring dishes from around the globe. The Rock serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also does takeouts, which you can bring back for dinner on our terrace.

The Rock Location
The Rock Boquete website

Boquete Coffee Shops

The Perfect Pair – Coffee & Chocolate

Two blocks away from Villa Alejandro is The Perfect Pair. It’s the perfect place to enjoy delicious coffee and awesome chocolate treats within a great atmosphere.

The Perfect Pair Location
The Perfect Pair website

Kotowa Chocolate Victoria

Located next to the Boquete Brewing Company, this is a chocolate lover’s heaven. Kotowa Chocolate Victoria serves freshly prepared natural drinks using local Cacao, and lots of delicious chocolate treats. The service is excellent. Highly recommended. 

Kotowa Chocolate Victoria Location
Kotowa Chocolate Victoria on Instagram

Isabella’s Bakery & More

This centrally located, small coffee shop run by chef Isabella, who obtained her culinary studies in Barcelona, offers a diverse variety of breakfasts, lunches and desserts to suit all tastes. Great milk foam! Sundays are brunch time at Isabella’s. 

Isabella’s Bakery – Location
Isabella’s Bakery – Facebook 

Buckle Tip Coffee

Our favorite coffee shop in town! Located right beside the town square. Wonderful little coffee joint, tiny but charming. Small variety of snacks as well. The guys know their stuff about coffee and there is an excellent selection of beans to choose from for a filter coffee to fit all budgets. They bring you the ground beans to smell before brewing, so you can fully appreciate the coffee. Non-dairy alternative milk is offered. English spoken.

Buckle Tip Coffee – Location
Buckle Tip Coffee – Facebook 

Don Nery Coffee

Lovely, small coffee shop up in the mountains with a spectacular view and a great deck. It’s out of town but worth the ride, about 15 minutes by car. Located inside the Don Nery Coffee Farm in the Alto Quiel area. Coffee tours are also available.

Don Nery Coffee – Location
Don Nery Coffee Shop – Facebook

Cafe Mirador El Parador

Must to go location! Breathtaking view of the Boquete valley, the impressive Barú Volcano, partial view of the Chiriqui province landscape and Pacific Ocean from the back balcony. Located away from town in the Jaramillo area, 15 minutes by car. Have some coffee or local pastries while enjoying the magnificent sight.

Cafe Mirador El Parador – Location
Cafe Mirador El Parador – Facebook  

Treats & Desserts

Fresas Cafe

Boquete is famous for its strawberries! Fresas Cafe, is a small establishment to buy a wide variety of strawberry creations: frozen popsicles, strawberries with cream, condensed milk, yogurt, Nutella, and much more. Also coffee and other hot drinks. Just 6 minutes by car, in the area of Los Naranjos. A must stop that cannot be missed when visiting Boquete. 

Fresas Café – Location
fresas Cafe – Facebook

Gelateria La Ghiotta

The best artisanal Italian ice cream in town. Wide variety of flavors with chunk pieces of their ingredients like, chocolate, brownies, cookies, and such. Vegan options are available. Right in central avenue, this gelateria is a spot you can not miss.

Gelateria La Ghiotta – Location 
Gelateria La Ghiotta – Facebook  

Pubs & Bars

Boquete Brewing Company

If you want to enjoy a chilled, artisanal beer, the best place in town is the Boquete Brewing Company. It’s a great place to enjoy a beer that’s not Panama/Balboa/Soberana. They serve craft ales and refreshing ciders, all enjoyed on their comfortable terrace with regular live music sessions.

Boquete Brewing Company Location
Boquete Brewing Company website

Mike’s Global Grill

If you feel like mingling with an international crowd or catching up with the latest soccer, basketball or football matches, head to Mike’s Global Grill. The menu is international with an American slant, you’ll find live Sport on the screen and an upbeat atmosphere. This is one of the favorite hangouts for the North American community living in Boquete.

Mike’s Global Grill Location
Mike’s Global Grill website