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Mercato Ballaro

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Neighborhood: Palazzo Reale
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Address: Vicolo del Carmelo, 90134, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Sicilian Everyday Life

We went to the Balaro market a couple times during our recent stay in Palermo. This is a good place to feel a part of everyday life in Sicily. There were many shops for meats... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2016
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Where locals and tourists collide with the freshest foods, seafood and meat and herbs and fruits and vegetables, olives and almonds and spices; clothing; tchotchkes of various souvenir worthiness; street food and the mix of people and sounds that make markets just a great spot to visit, with this one no exception.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

We went yesterday with eagerness to this market but we're really disappointed. Firstly do not expect anything like the European markets in Spain, France or Germany. The Italian markets are much less sophisticated and don't have much in the way of cooked take home food. The charming market in Catania was much nicer than this one! There the traders are... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

We went to the Balaro market a couple times during our recent stay in Palermo. This is a good place to feel a part of everyday life in Sicily. There were many shops for meats, seafood, vegetables and spices. We bought quite a bit to bring home as souvenirs. The street foods aplenty and we tried the chickpea/eggplant sandwich for... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

In addition to being "museum freaks" we are "market freaks". Wherever we are in the world.....markets are are go to. Ballaro did not disappoint. The fresh ginger was gorgeous......the WHITEST mushrooms were a feast for the eyes.....fab looking eggplant....zucchini in all shapes and sizes.,etc,etc,etc. We didn't eat there.....we didn't purchase anything...but for us a market is always another way to... More 

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Wymondham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

A great market for lots of fresh food especially fish and olives. I agree with some other reviewers and certain parts of the market seemed a little dirty, but having not seen any other markets in Sicily I can't compare... It mostly seemed fine to me. Everyone that served us was very friendly and helpful and at no point did... More 

Thank DarkCat
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

I get a sense of dred at the idea of returning as I was nearly hit multiple times by barely legal mopeds driven by children. BE CAREFUL OF THE CRAZY DRIVERS! The markets closed very early however the produce on offer was great. I really found it to be quite the melting pot with multiple cultures flaunting there traditions and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

You will be undecided between taking tons of pictures of the colourful and lively place and atmosphere and tasting all the specialties offered by this varied and genuine market. Take your time to absorb all its smells, scenes and never-ending "song-like" shouts of the sellers

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

I never saw anything quite like this place except in Morrocco. Would I ever go alone? Never, but my husband is from Palermo and did feel very safe. You can buy anything and everything for the house, kitchen, etc., etc., I could have spent all day in there and wish I could have taken the fish home w/me. It's definitely... More 

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Issaquah, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

What a great market. We were only going to buy a few things for antipasti but there Were so many choices of vegetables Fruits, cheeses, seafood that we ended up buying enough food & wine for dinner

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Ketchum, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

This is a great lovely market. Although perhaps not the largest or most beautiful market in the world it is among the liveliest, melodic and active markets to be found. Meander thru, my wife and I felt safe and try some of the great street food, fried large round rice balls stuffed with cheese and ham ( arancini ), delicious... More 

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