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Address: Vicolo del Carmelo, 90134, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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A nice local market

A lovely market with a wide range of fruit, veg and meat/fish, plus other 'stuff'. A nice market to walk through.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 25, 2015
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom

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196 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to all the main Palermo markets & Ballaro was by far the best. Meat, fish, cheese, spices, fruit, veg, household items & much more. Some of the freshest & largest vegetables I've ever seen! We saw a group that paid for a tour, but why would you when you can easily walk around yourself. If you go about... More 

Thank dalton1skiing
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

A lovely market with a wide range of fruit, veg and meat/fish, plus other 'stuff'. A nice market to walk through.

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Devon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Interesting market with vendors selling fish mostly, but also many other items. Found a bakery with a delicatessen and purchased fresh buns, with Parma ham and italian cheese. Delicious and cheap. Great area to wonder around and not far from the Cathedral.

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

If you want to experience the true Palermo and buy some freash and delicius produce, go here. It is charming and full of vibriant life.

Thank Christian W
Farmington, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This market has it all! It's like a little international village with food and vendors from all corners of the globe. There is no dearth of traditional Italian food-stuffs like eggplant, tomatoes, and zucchini. But there are so many other cuisines represented and some very odd looking vegetables....it's a feast for the eyes and for the palate. We loved watching... More 

1 Thank travelfreak53
Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

It's a very colourful, typical Mediterranean market with an incredible variety of vegetables, fruits, meats and fish. Primarily a food market, the Ballaro market is a street eaters delight. It is also home to large numbers of discount clothes sellers, making vintage clothes shopping easy and finding Italian fashions cheaply possible. Look for its vendors in the streets around the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

i ordinarily don't like making disparaging comments about places that i have visited. making comparisons to other places is alway poor form. but compared to other markets that i have visited in Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam and London Ballaro is a tip. literally a tip. i love shopping and in particular food shopping in open air markets - Borough in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

There are several street markets in Palermo. The Ballaro is one of the oldest. It gives you a flavor for life in Sicily and you can get lunch or a snack at any of several cafes where you can have fresh prawns taken right off of the ice and grilled while you wait.

1 Thank JoW169
Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Ballaro market really was one of the most exciting, noisy, exotic, and colorful and interesting market I walked in. There were hundreds of merchants and a huge diversity of food, especially fish, seafood and veggies. I was really happy here, making photos, speaking with the merchants, smelling all these wonderful and fresh products. The noise was really the thing that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

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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