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Ballaro Market

Neighborhood: Palazzo Reale
As featured in Best Food in Palermo
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Address: Vicolo del Carmelo, 90134 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Activities: Shopping, Dining

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Ballaro is great fun and yummy.

Do all your food and more shopping at Ballaro. Open everyday. Watch your bag. Try all the different things in season. And cheese and olives and more. My children 7 & 9 love it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Do all your food and more shopping at Ballaro. Open everyday. Watch your bag. Try all the different things in season. And cheese and olives and more. My children 7 & 9 love it too. Especially if you nibble as you go. Its not too big either

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We flew to Palermo and had the chance to hang around for a few hours before getting a train to Cefalu. As the airport transfer bus had driven past all the major architectural sites very slowly in traffic, we had a decent look at them all, so decided to explore the Ballaro Market instead. It was only 1 minute's walk... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

To preface this review we love local markets and enjoy seeing the local produce, pastries, meats and especially the fishes. If you want supermarket trappings then this is not your place, though there are more 'organized' shops throughout the market. Wonderfully fresh goods, alongside all the day to day items that you actually need if you've been traveling. And everything... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We stopped by the market before lunch and enjoyed walking through it and purchasing some fresh fruit and spices as souvenirs for people back home. The fruits were very fresh and delicious.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

If you like market streets, then Ballaro is worth a visit. Everything from the everyday things you never get around to buying at home to some decent touristy things. Lots of variety.

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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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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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