Where do you meet good girls in Panama? This is a question that has baffled me my since I have arrived here in Panama. Going out to nightclubs to look for single females is frustrating; Calle Uruguay is too clique-y and Casinos have too many “working girls”. Plus when is the last time you heard someone meeting their soul mate while randomly grinding on strangers listening to Reggaeton?
To assist my fellow good guys here in Panama find good girls, I have compiled a list of best places to meet the elusive “nice girl”. A nice girl is classified as someone who you would feel comfortable introducing to your mother:
1. Supermarkets. Sounds strange, but supermarkets can be a single man’s best friend. Your competition is low because few guys wonder to the grocery store, and the amount of nice single females is plentiful. A wise man once told me “attack where the enemy is not” and the enemy (other competing males) is no where to be found in supermarkets. In Panama City, I recommend going to the El Rey on Via Espana or Riba Smith in Bella Vista. Stay away from Super 99 in Punta Pacifica or Costal Del Este because the shoppers there are a bit YeYe. YeYe is usually synonymous with snobby. Once inside, try heading towards the vegetables section and ask the first eligible looking female shopper for assistance. You’re cooking a big dinner for friends and you need help picking out ____ (fill in the fruit or vegetable of your choice). This will get the conversation started.
*Warning* be prepared to buy said produce.
2. New York Bagel. This quaint coffee shop off Via Argentina in El Cangrejo is Panama’s yuppi Mecca. Numerous educated, English speaking female frequent “The Bagel”. For meeting good girls, stay away from the tables and head for the couches. People congregated around the couches are typically glued to their computer screens. Try asking for the password or a bagel recommendation to break the ice.
3. Ancon Guild. Theaters are great places to meet good girls in general, however, Ancon Guild is a gold mine. It’s the only exclusively English speaking theater in Panama. So right off the bat, potential girlfriend material is going to be sophisticated, well rounded, and speaks English. Get there a bit early to hang around the large social area and cheap bar.
4. Pollo Asado. Located right directly below an English Language Center, Pollo Asado is a great place to meet good girls. The small Panamanian style restaurant offers cheap dishes and plenty of college students eager to learn English. Striking up a conversation is easy and both the guys and girls are very down-to-earth, nice people and jump at the opportunity to practice English. It is one of the City’s best kept secrets.
A lot of people suggest that good guys and good girls no longer exist — Bah-humbug. Panama is a great place to date both locals and foreigners, you just need to know where to look and exercise a little patience.