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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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My wife and I visited Mercato Ballaro on a random Wednesday and it was rainy and overcast but the vendors were open and ready for business. Its worth a visit but I was not... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Coach T
Charleston, West Virginia
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Charleston, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited Mercato Ballaro on a random Wednesday and it was rainy and overcast but the vendors were open and ready for business. Its worth a visit but I was not impressed over Mercato del Capo. We only walked through and didn't haggle much about buying from vendors but it had plenty to choose from.

Thank Coach T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

At Ballaro market you can see and feel real South Italian spirit. Fresh vegetables and fruits everywhere, lot's of scooters passing, street food and spices.

Thank Ivka P
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like spitting fighting burping and dri and smells this is the place to be ..stall holders sneezing all over their goods ..disgusting place

Thank Graham H
San Leandro, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worst meal of a 6 week trip. Ordered pasta bianca with salmon and was served chopped meat... there were TWO dishes with SAME name!! They were reluctant to correct so we let it go. Pizza was overpriced and tasted very cheap. Souvenirs looked like they were all 'made in China', lowest quality one might imagine. May be good place for... More 

Thank Sandi S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a huge variety of food, spices, cheap clothes and accessories, this is definitely the right market for you. Our hosts told us more about the other 2 (vucchiara and capo). The first one is great at night time for its street food and the second one quieter and smaller than ballaro. If you want a mix of... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You could almost find anything in this market: from souvenirs to fish; from wine to cheeses ! Prices are affordable. The best thing about it, is the authenticity of the people, their screams, their bids, their laughter and the fusion of colors :)

Thank Ange S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

I was in Palermo for eight days, and for several of those days prepared my own meals with fresh, wonderful and very affordable ingredients I bought at this market. What was best too, is that it was only a few blocks from where I stayed. Perfect! The market has everything from seafoods of all sorts, to fresh vegetables and produce,... More 

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Sussex, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

I loved it and went several times as it was not far from where we were staying. I bought eggs, tomatoes, olives, cheeses, butter. Enjoyed watching all the "action". We also took the walking food tour, and our guide brought us here so we learned where to get fabulous arrancina (sp?) and the best olives. It may make some people... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Don t eat there,4 shrimp are 5 e,it is really dirty,there is a lot of sea food,the bill on a piece of paper and we payed more then we ate.

Thank Ante S
Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

People when u write that Vucchiria market or Capo are the best this is not true. The only unique experience we had after visiting the 3 of them was in Ballaro- close to Central station. Many stands with fresh seafood, meat, cheeses and of course fruits and vegetables but also spices and pasticeria. Prices are better than in other two.

Thank Dovile_VH

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