Nearly two million tourists visit Mazatlán, Mexico, annually. Golden sand beaches, first class fishing, warm surf and seafood are the primary attractions. Excellent restaurants are found all along Mazatlán's 15-mile peninsula, but blue-ribbon pastries are much harder to find.
Mazatlán, in Sinaloa, Mexico
Mazatlán, in the state of Sinaloa, lies just 800 miles south of Arizona. This popular coastal resort lies below the Tropic of Cancer, and enjoys balmy year-round weather. Soft breezes caress the golden beaches, and offshore, the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.
Mazatlán has long been a destination for fishermen, beach-lovers and birders. Mazatlán extends along fifteen miles of sandy beaches, and continues to expand with new hotels and condominiums north of the metropolitan area. The Zona Dorada, or Golden Zone, lies close to the middle of this peninsula, and is the heart of the tourist business, with hotels, nightclubs and restaurants. At the south end of the peninsula is the historic district, with nineteenth century architecture, the 110-year old central Pino Suárez market, the Basilica de la Purisma Concepcion (The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) and the original Panamá Restaurant and Pasteleria.
The Panamá Restaurant and Pasteleria in Mazatln's Historic District
The Panamá Restaurant and Pasteleria lies directly across from the historic cathedral, the Basilica de la Purisma Concepcion. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and displays a mouth-watering showcase of refrigerated pies, cakes and specialty pastries. These pastries, probably the best in Mazatlán, are also available at the main bakery, just a block from the Historic District's popular Plazuela Machado, at the corner of Calle Belasario Dominguez and Sixto Osuna
The main restaurant is six blocks north and east of Plazuela Machado. The restaurant is spotless and bright, with a well-trained staff dedicated to satisfying their guests. This is not an upscale restaurant for a formal meal, but rather a friendly place to take a lunch break from shopping, meet someone for breakfast or to have a fabulous mid-afternoon dessert. Meal specials are displayed as culinary works of art, and the tempting dessert cart that is rolled to your table after a meal is irresistible. Trip Advisor feedback rates the Panamá Restaurant at 4.5 stars out of 5, and lists the restaurant's popularity ranking at 14th of 73 restaurants in all of Mazatlán.
The refrigerated pastry and cake case takes up most of one wall, and is kept filled with beautiful cakes, pies, cheesecakes, ice-cream pies and French pastries. Many of these are filled with tropical and other fruits including guava, pineapple, mango and strawberries. Prices range from 110 to 145 pesos (about $9 to $11 U.S.) for smaller, Chico, versions, and from 185-260 pesos (about $14 to $20 U.S.) for full-sized desserts.
Other Panamá Restaurant Locations in Mazatlán
Two other Panamá Restaurants are conveniently located in primary tourist areas, one in the Olas Altas district and one in the Zona Dorada, or Golden Zone. Both are located along the primary waterfront drive, which is called Camaron Sábalo in the Golden Zone and Avenida Juan Carrasco in the Olas Altas district closer to the historic center.
The quality of meals and pastries are essentially the same at all three locations, as is the attentive service from waiters and other staff.
Finding Good Pastries in Mexico
Pastries and Pan Dulces (Sweet Breads) are not uncommon across Mexico, but U.S. tourists accustomed to the delicious high-calorie treats at home are often disappointed to find many Mexican pastries lacking. This is not the case at Panamá Restaurant and Pasteleria.