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Ballaro Market

Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
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Ranked #32 of 154 attractions in Palermo
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Shopping, Dining
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

You just have to love the life and vibrancy of the open air markets in Sicily. They pulse with life, character and the most wonderful array of fresh vegetables and fruit, seafood, cheeses - all the culinary delights of life.

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australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Everything at your fingertips and of fresh quality. No one seems to want to serve you unless you just stand there and try and make eye contact. If everyone was a little bit more friendly and a little pride taken in their worlplace it would be a magical experience.

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Warsaw, Poland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The best market I have been so far. Lively, crowded, full of food of all kind. Guides usually recommend Vucciria market which is small and offers much less comparing to Ballaro. We bought good fruit there and took as much photos as we liked - no one bothered. Going to Palermo again I will certainly visit Ballaro.

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UK
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Don't go here if you are hungry! If you ignore this advice, you will end up buying much too much of the excellent produce on display in this lively and colourful street market. Eat at one of the many small foodstalls that can be found here. The raw seafood is so fresh that it does not smell at all fishy.... More

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california
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74 reviews 74 reviews
5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

A very sad market. The area is shabby, the vendors appear depressed, do not greet the visitors and don't even try to sell or engage the people with their awful looking food often crawling with flies. Seems like it is the same produce table after table although there is a good variety to choose from should you want to take... More

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california
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74 reviews 74 reviews
5 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

A very sad market. The area is shabby, the vendors appear depressed, do not greet the visitors and don't even try to sell or engage the people with their awful looking food often crawling with flies. Seems like it is the same produce table after table although there is a good variety to choose from should you want to take... More

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Torino, Italia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

If you want to live the authentic sicilian atmosphere, this is the place!A colorful market, full of smells, sounds and food obviously!The visit will take less than one hour and a visit is recommended to Street Food lovers.

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Athens
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I enjoyed walking thru the market with our Streat Food Tour..on my own..perhaps I would have gotten a bit lost..?? Maybe not..but it was full of local colour...smells...flavours.. and sights!I do love a good colourful market!!

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San Diego, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Local flavor indeed! I wouldn't travel to this neighborhood at night or as an alone female. It was a cornucopia of sights, smells and sounds! Go if you love open air markets but nothing too spectacular.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Be prepared for the hustle and bustle of this authentic market offering all sorts of extremely good value fresh fruit and veg - mostly locally sourced. Apart from the mad cap scooterists who seemed to think it entirely appropriate to barge through narrow crowded streets this was a great way to be introduced to the throbbing heart of Palermo life.... More

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