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Address: Vicolo del Carmelo, 90134 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Activities: Shopping, Dining
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Chaos and colour!!

This is a wonderful place to head when in Palermo it is not too far from the Teatro Massimo. It is colourful and noisy and everything that you would expect from a market in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Going to the markets in Palermo are a fantastic experience! You don't want to miss Ballaro market, and I highly recommend collecting a picnic while you are there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 via mobile

When in Palermo don't miss Ballaro!!! It's a topical street market where you can find food, garment and more. It's unbelievable because you are in the heart of Sicily Soul. Don't miss a walk inside it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We had our boat in Palermo for almost a month and this is where we shopped. Need sausage, they take you behind the counter and let you taste the seasoning. Then they pack it and tie it off to the length you want, only in Palermo! The true experience, find some shade, a cold beer, and sit an enjoy.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Not big, very colorfull. Suggest buing some fruit, which were of a good quality and not a rip-off in the same time. Plenty of seafood - which on the other hand I did not risk buying due to conditions they are often stored in. Generally an interesting experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is a wonderful place to head when in Palermo it is not too far from the Teatro Massimo. It is colourful and noisy and everything that you would expect from a market in Palermo! Wander round, look at the stalls, dodge the scooters and watch the locals, hours of entertainment!! Make sure that you go in the morning as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is an open air market in various narrow streets in the center of Palermo, not far from the train station. You don't find places like this in Europe and they are disappearing in Asia and Africa. Altogether there are Km of food markets, butcher, vegetables, fish, bread fruit in a very crowded place with all the noise, the dozen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Tremendous fresh quality and a great variety of fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, sausage, cheese, breads, olives, street foods, and other things related to food. Lots of people, hollering, hawking, laughing, eating and selling. And of course, people like you who are just there for the show and a few pieces of fruit and charcuterie. Winding alleys go on and on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We were here in July 2013th but somehow we missed to visit Balaro. When we realised we were just one street away for a couple of times, while on the central bus/train station, we were even more sorry for not visiting this little piece of true Sicilian atmosphere you can sense on Balaro market. Now we are back to Sicily... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Take your whole morning to stroll trough the market and enjoy the vivid colours and strong scents of fruits veggies, meat and fresh fish! this was personally one of the best experiences in Palermo, to experience the city and locals, the way of life and decently pick up some fresh fruit and almonds :)

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Perhaps it was too late but this was very disappointing and definitely not worth the trouble/visit. If you're from a large city where selling on the street (NYC, Chinatown etc.), this was nothing special. The products were plastic toys and other mass produced items and the food was nothing unusual.

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