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

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The truly soul of Palermo

A few hundred meters away from the central train station of Palermo, the Ballaro market is one of the oldest and most famous of the city, I visited it one morning while waiting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2015
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Tortona, Italy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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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Belgrade, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The food I bought was great, the atmosphere is great as well. There's everything from souvenirs like magnets to fresh fruit, fish, meat, a great variety of cheeses, sweets and beverages. The people who work there are nice and helpful. Beware of pickpockets, though.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The biggest food market in Palermo with a lots of tempting stalls, from fish to veg, olives, meat, olive oil, cheese, fruits...you name it Ballaro has it all, you will surely end up with few shopping bags after visiting this place...the staff are so friendly(screaming a bit loud :) but very friendly) this market is a food paradise....Do not leave... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

A few hundred meters away from the central train station of Palermo, the Ballaro market is one of the oldest and most famous of the city, I visited it one morning while waiting for the train, a walk of about 20-30 minutes from the many scenic and stalls , street vendors, stalls of fruit and butchers, many perfumes which only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Here you can still feel the dynamism and excitment of a true traditional market, which is a "species" in extinction threated these days by supermarkets as well as shopping malls. A pity! You will also notice the generosity of this fertile Sicilian land and of its seas and will be amazed to find some vegetables that you have never seen... More 

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Silverstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Loads on offer. Tons to buys, smell and see. We even stopped for lunch to take it all in. Amazing. If you are staying in Palermo self catering do not shop anywhere else for you food!

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Address: Vicolo del Carmelo, 90134 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Palermo  >  Palermo>  > Palazzo Reale

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