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Ballaro Market

Vicolo del Carmelo, 90134 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
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Ranked #34 of 156 Attractions in Palermo
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Shopping, Dining
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paris
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is where to find the real Palermo...the sights, the smells, the noise, the faces, all the different origins mingled into one area... There are three markets in this city, all of which are amazinf. Sit down, have a cremino, and watch!

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Ludbreg, Croatia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a place of colours, smells, sounds.I have enjoyed here so much. If you're visiting Palermo than Ballaro Market should be on your visit list. So sorry we didn't eat there, it would be great experiance. We only bought some fruits for later, which was very delicious.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were told to come and sample the local produce and we tried a local food, pannelli which dates back to Arab times and is only found in Palermo. It is made from chickpea flour which is deep fried and eaten in a roll. Yum and all for the price of an euro. Bargain fruit as well as well as... More

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I loved Ballaro market. It was colourful, lively and there are some real characters. The fresh produce was very tempting. We ate at a fish place which my friends enjoyed. I'm veggie and had the chickpea patty thing which I'd read about previously and it hit the spot on a hot day after lots of walking. The market is busy... More

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

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
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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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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Neptune, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We visited markets all over Italy and this one is probably one of the largest ones we've ever visited. A lot going on - alot of fresh fruits, veggies and fish! No issues with prices not being as advertised. I bought a bunch of herbs, dried tomatoes and other stuff with no issues. The street food here is amazing! The... More

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california
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46 helpful votes 46 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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