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Ballaro Market

Address: Vicolo del Carmelo, 90134 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
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Ranked #33 of 140 Attractions in Palermo
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping, Dining
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping, Dining

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 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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18 attraction reviews
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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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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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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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