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Ballaro Market

Neighborhood: Palazzo Reale
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Address: Vicolo del Carmelo, 90134 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Activities: Shopping, Dining

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Colourful and fresh.

In the heart of the old town just off Free to all. We visited in February on a three day stay in the town. We had not sought out the market but came across it wandering the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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harrogate north yorkshire
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harrogate north yorkshire
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163 reviews 163 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

In the heart of the old town just off Free to all. We visited in February on a three day stay in the town. We had not sought out the market but came across it wandering the interesting streets. Great atmosphere and colour and interesting to see so much diverse products. A touch of the real Palermo and we enjoyed... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Men shouting to sell their potatoes, fresh swordfish being chopped right there, fruits and veggies and knock off shoes and peoples yard sales- you can find it all here and it's a blast to wander through and try the food. We went on a Sunday morning and it was so lively and packed with people. Larger and more exciting than... More 

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Arlington Heights IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We stumbled on this market while wandering through Palermo one afternoon. The produce selection is remarkable and you will see seafood for sale that is lacking in most major aquariums - let alone your local supermarket.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

While other Europeans might be familiar to this style of market, I'm not sure there are many like it in the United States. It's very real, very Palermo, very down-to-earth. If you want a better idea of the real city and not just surface tourism, this is a great place to go. And pick up some chickpea fritters! Amazing!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I have to say we have matkets in the uk and this is nothing special.Just a market selling daily produce. Did not get any sense of sicilian life but bought some cheap cheese to take home. I come from the north of the uk with plenty of markets that are better.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

A great place to watch and experience Sicilian life! Be prepared to be squeezed by the crowds and vehicles and also go in proper footwear as the market streets can be wet and slippery.

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Malta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A loud experience, but not a very big market. There is a difference between the other markets of Catania that sell more clothes and electronics.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This is the place where you can see how different origins mingled into 1 area and soak up the atmosphere. Such markets are already far and few in other parts of the world. Street food in this market such as chickpea fritters, potato herb croquettes were fantastic and the produce (vegetables and seafood) are cheap and fresh. A lively market.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We brought our kids here to enjoy some street food, a cold drink and to soak up some real Palermo atmosphere. Apart from having to dodge a number of motor bikes screaming through the market place, it was a great experience

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The real Palermo. Real food, real produce, fresh seafood. This was crowded and noisy and great fun! We managed to get some food - assert yourself or others will push in and you'll stand for ages - we ate freshly cooked whole spiced calamari, chickpea fritters, potato herb croquettes and rolls for 4 euro (too much for the 2 of... More 

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