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Ballaro Market

Address: Vicolo del Carmelo, 90134 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
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Ranked #34 of 143 Attractions in Palermo
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, Dining
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping, Dining

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW 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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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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paris
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18 helpful votes 18 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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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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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
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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