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8 Things To Do at Albrook Mall in Panama (instead of shopping) 3

So…as we enjoy all the places the city has to offer, we find ourselves at Albrook Mall quite a bit, but rarely to buy stuff, more to grab a bus or the metro to elsewhere in the city. But we did get to experience some Black Friday fun a few weeks ago. At any rate, if you find yourself at Albrook, be it killing time waiting for a flight, bus, or if you’re just shopping and think you’ve “done it all”, then here are 8 more things to do at Albrook Mall. I didn’t mean for that to rhyme, honest.

8 Things To Do at Albrook Mall

#8. Take pictures with all the animal statues

Everyone’s doing it. It’s better than a selfie. And if you’re feeling really outgoing then dress up as one of the animals like my wife, Cheli did…

Albrook Mall zebras

Cheli blending in to her surroundings

Have you had your picture taken with; Gorilla, Dino, Zebra, Lion, Tiger, Hippo, Elephant, Rhino, Koala, Kangaroo, Penguin, Panda, and Orca yet?

#7. Count the number of times you see the same store

I guess I’m used to one store per mall, but Albrook Mall is a pretty huge mall by any standards, so many stores repeat themselves, probably because Albrook Mall is a pretty huge mall by any standards, so many stores repeat themselves. Seriously though, there’s like, seven…teen of each store.

#6. Take a Ride on the Reading Railroad…or the Albrook Train

Feet tired? Kids annoying you? Sick of bumping into people with their head down on their phones? Take the train from point A to point B, or to the food court carousel.

Albrook Mall Train

1, 2, 3, Train with me, uh-oh, oh, oh, oh oh, woo-woo!

#5. People watch

We would do this at malls back home. It’s just fun to sit down with a coffee and watch people. It’s also fun to spot people wearing a onesie outfit. You know, when the top matches the bottom. And it’s even more fun when you do voice-overs.

#5. Take the metro from Albrook

For $0.35 you can go on a train ride – how fun! You can easily get from one end of the city to another from Albrook station. Funny, we were chatting with an empleado at one of our house sits and she’s afraid to take the metro because it goes underground. Note, to take the metro you’ll need to have or purchase a metro card.

Panama Metro

Please let me off before you get on

#3. Go Bowling

Does this really need an explanation? It’s bowling!

#2 Find a baño you don’t have to pay for

I know where a few are because I’m too cheap to pay a quarter for what us dudes can do outside in a corner, against a wall, beside a car, near/on a bush, behind a tree, on a tree, in a tree, up a tree, etc. So go ahead, see if you pee for free at Albrook!

#1. Take a Diablo Rojo from Albrook bus terminal

For $0.50 you can have an opportunity to experience everything in the video below. I think we enjoyed about four or five on one trip. Talk about culture! That is if you can find the bus you need to take.

As you can see, there’s plenty of things to do at Albrook Mall that don’t involve shopping. So next time you find yourself as a mall rat, pull up this list and see what you can cross off the Albrook Mall bucket list.

Later Dudes!



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