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Q: Breakfast at 4:00 am On A Layover?

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By DON WINNER for - Received today via email: "Hi Don. Love the Panama Guide. Look forward to reading daily. I've got a 3.5 hr layover at 4 AM on a Tuesday. Looking for someplace to grab a bite at that time of the morning between PTY and Albrook. Any suggestions? Can't wait to get back to some tropical weather. Starting to cool down here in Colorado. Thanks in advance, Joe" Thanks, Joe. If you're arriving in the middle of the night and then connecting to the interior out of Albrook, I would suggest hitting the Niko's Restaurant in Balboa for an early morning breakfast. They're located relatively close to the Albrook airport and like all Niko's they are open 24 hours a day. It's kinda hard to describe where they are if you don't already know so I'm going to have to give you some Panamanian style driving directions. (more)

Coming From Tocumen: The problem is that the best way to get into Panama City from the Tocumen Airport is using the Southern Corridor, and then once you do that, Niko's and Albrook are basically on the other side of the city so you have to do some maneuvering. Take the Southern Corridor all the way to Paitilla. Drop down onto Balboa Avenue and follow that around the side of the city. When you get to the Miramar building, turn right at the road that runs along side of the Parque Urracá. Follow that street straight up. You'll go past a Riba Smith Supermarket, a gas station on a corner on your right, keep going straight until you see another gas station ahead of you. Turn left, go in front of the gas station, and then take the next right. That's Martin Sosa. Go straight over the bridge and connect into the Northern Corridor. Follow signs for the Bridge of the Amercias. Take that until the end and then you have to follow the road around the end of the runway at the Albrook Airport, and follow it into Balboa. Veer right, go past the McDonalds, and turn to your left at the Banco Nacional (the street just before the traffic signal). Go about 1/2 block down and turn into the parking lot for Nikos. Better yet, take a cab... Just in case you're a geek:

  • "Tocumen Airport" lat=9.06731040984, lon=-79.3872662816

  • "Niko's in Balboa" lat=8.95716133287, lon=-79.5581818396

Hope This Helps: I know those directions are somewhat confusing. Hey, anyone who wants, please jump in and leave comments with better directions. Man, I think I confused myself...

Copyright 2008 by Don Winner for Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Q: Breakfast at 4:00 am On A Layover?
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 30 2008 @ 08:01 pm EDT

Or, in the airport itself, they have a restaurant where you could ask for some scrambled eggs, ham and toast. Breakfast doesn't actually officially open until 6AM, but if you ask, they will do the eggs and whatnot. It's quick, good and right there at the airport. You would have to NOT go through immigration and customs first, but instead head straight over to the restaurant that will be on the same level you get off on when your plane lands. Just ask someone in the area and they can take you. If 4AM is too early to be having breakfast, then when you get to the Albrook Airstrip, then you could get a muffin and some coffee at one of the little shops there. These are probably the easiest ways to get some grub that I can possibly think of that early in the morning.