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Quesos Chela

Approx 55 KM from Puente de Americas | Pan American Highway, Capira 1007, Panama
+507 248-6295
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“empanadas” (18 reviews)
“breads” (7 reviews)
“queso” (7 reviews)
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Latin, Central American
Approx 55 KM from Puente de Americas | Pan American Highway, Capira 1007, Panama
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must stop on the way to or from Panama City. The cheese is the best, the pizza's delicious and just the right size for one person. The drinks/juices are great and the variety of flavours long and varied. The bread is a must buy....More

Thank Schipblack
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had to stop based on the reviews online as well as our families' passion for Latin pastry. Quesos Chela did not disappoint. We stopped in the morning on a weekday and we happy to find a very short line. We passed this place 2-3...More

Thank Duckb0y
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped on the way to Del Mar Resort for lunch. We had everything you can imagine, empanadas, chocolate croissants, bread, drinks, etc. All was very tasty! But, be prepared to stand in line, it's crowded!!!!

Thank Ejlane18
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

If you drive by on the weekend there are always large crowds at this place. The are known for empanadas and local cheeses. The empanadas are some of the best in Panama BUT I don't really enjoy Panamanian food. The cheeses are of good quality...More

Thank Curlsandtea
Reviewed 10 June 2017

I've visited here a few times and it's nice food for a cheap on the move snack. You wouldn't go here if you weren't driving past but it's worth a stop if you are.

Thank KimboPanama
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Great local spot to have a great Chicheme, typical corn drink in Panama. They have cheeses, bread and other stuff. 35 to 40 minute drive from the city, worthy the trip for a local experience

Thank chalex2015
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Right on the highway. Super busy little place. With good reason. Packed with locals and people in the know, buying cheese. Big cheese line so we choose the pastries and picked up chocolate cake and banana muffins. Will stop next time for cheese.

Thank taipan2016
Reviewed 25 February 2017

The cheese is freshly made & couldn't be better. Prices 1/3 of the States but the quality is outstanding. A MUST TO VISIT!!!

Thank susan g
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Situated in Capira, 57km from Panama City, it is famous for its cheese. There was huge line-up which shows its popularity. We didn't taste the cheese but we ordered empenada and chicheme (nonalcoholic drink made from milk, mashed corn, cinnamon and vanilla). It was cheap...More

Thank remylarocque1
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

A must ... for the people going to the beaches in Panama ... everything artesanal (handmade) empanadas and much more 6 stars place

Thank Anthony A
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$7
Latin, Central American
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Cash Only, Free Wifi
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Open Hours
07:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Approx 55 KM from Puente de Americas | Pan American Highway, Capira 1007, Panama
  • Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Capira
  • Phone Number: +507 248-6295
Here, you will wait for 5-15 minutes in the line, but once you have your first bite, you know your patience has been well rewarded. We are an institution established in 1969. We started with 5 products back then, and now we produce more than a 100 products. We produce a variety of cheeses, breads, pastries, empanadas, and beverages. Nevertheless, we make everything with MUCHO love in order to offer our customers the best of us. The happiness of our people its our motor, its our passion. May the Empanadas be always with you. #TheMandatoryStop
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