Palermo is a crossroad of peoples and cultures, an important strategic place of transit and a commercial seaport. The cradle of ancient civilizations have left indelible traces in the culture and traditions of the people of Palermo but Palermo is also a modern and vibrant city with a variety of attractions on offer and it’s great for shopping!

Start or finish shopping at the airport where it is possible to find a few interesting places : ANTICA PASTICCERIA SICILIANA (try some of the famous local pastries) OPTISSIMO GRUPPO RANDAZZO (for sunglasses) ; FREE FLY NEWS -FLACCOVIO LIBRERIE ( for tourist guides and books) and SICILIA ARTE  (for some cool arty souvenirs).

The most famous shopping streets of Palermo are Via Ruggero Settimo, via Roma, and Via Liberta’ which is also one of the most elegant and popular streets of the city. There, it's possible to find shops for all tastes and needs: from the chic boutiques and high fashion stores to the precious jewelry, household items shops, books, department stores and those for leisure. These major arteries are crossed by a dense network of alleys and cross streets studded with graceful craft shops, small shops and themed bookstores that do not belong to large retail chains.

Besides the national chain stores like Benetton, Sisley, Stefanel, Mondadori, Feltrinelli and Oviesse; there are a variety of international stores such as Sephora, H&M, Zara, Mango, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Giglio Multi Stores ( with all the major international high fashion labels including top Italian brands), Maison Chanel at the Torregrossa Store, La Rinascente department store in via Roma and even a greater variety of independent shops.

"Excelsior Supercinema Store" in Via Cavour is an extremely smart urban mall with nice flooring, lights, floral decorations, extreme elegance and attention to details. There are18 Shops plus a restaurant with lots to see and buy.  

ForumPalermo, the largest shopping center in the city yet (more than 100 stores), is located in "Brancaccio" in "Localita’ Roccella" in an area of 300,000 square meters with an exit dedicated to the highway connecting Messina to Trapani. The accessibility to public transport system is provided bythe nearby light rail station.

For those who love antiques, a stroll along Corso Alberto Amedeo with its antique shops cannot be missed. There it is possible to find the best art and antique furnishings. Lovers of ceramics will be spoiled for choice among the shops of Via Nicolò Gallo, those of Via Daita and those of Via Isidoro La Lumia. Fo rthose looking for souvenirs one last stop is Corso Vittorio Emanuele with more ceramics shops, puppets and Sicilian carts.

Browsing outdoor markets should be a highlightof a trip to any city in Europe especially in Italy. Markets in Europe are a city's cultural nerve center, where people go to socialize with their neighbors as well as pick up their supply of fresh food for the next couple of days. Each market is unique and provides a good feel for a city as vendors come from the general vicinity. Palermo has a large number of outdoor markets throughout the city.

The Ballaro Market has been around since at least the eleventh century. It is located in the Albergheria district, near the Casa Professa. It is mainly a food market, and reflects the large number of Arab immigrants in the area with beans, lentils and Oriental and Middle Eastern spices for sale.

La Vucciria is Palermo's largest market, operating every day except Sunday. The wide range of vendors sell fresh seafood and a dizzying variety of fresh produce. You'll find the market in the area of Piazza San Domenico, off Via Roma. Locals will tell you that the area can be dangerous, so use caution and try to blend in with the locals.

Portobello Gallerie is Palermo's shopping mall located in a village called Carini close to Palermo. There is a great deal of inexpensive clothes shops, household items shop and those for leisure .

For those concerned about whether their shopping is benefitting the mafia, look out for shops bearing "addio pizzo" stickers (A circle with a cross in th middle) on the doors. There are over 500 of these shops in and around Palermo and they are shops that refuse to pay the mafia "pizzo" (protection money).