Flea/ Street Markets in Sicily

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Flea & Street Markets in Sicily

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  • Nury
    Lisbon, Portugal436 contributions
    Ready for crowds, for smells and for experience one day in a palermo citizen. Food: fish, meat, flowers, fruits,...all you can find in market stall on the street.
    Written October 16, 2021
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    There are several traditional markets in Palermo. We went to both Capo and Vucciria but if I had limited time and had to choose, I’d pick Capo. It was larger, more lively, more interesting and had a greater range of more appealing street food.

    For those who care to look there’s a lot of interesting foodstuffs here. Herbs, spices, olives, live lobsters, small sharks and giant octopus. Best of all are the huge swordfish. Stallholders tie the swords with ropes, lashing them to a railing so that the heads are raised up and the blades are on full display.

    We watched fishmongers expertly slice through the flesh of these giant fish with cleavers, then carry away the massive heads in both arms. We browsed the colourful mountains of local fruit and veg and tasted Sicilian street food (although I drew the line at the spleen sandwich).

    What you see here is a real working street market, not the sort where you find endless, plastic tourist tat and copy sunglasses, copy handbags etc. Fruit stalls are made out of upended crates and people have worked here for generations. We noticed that we were never pestered or pressured to buy. You can just wander and look. However, if you are buying street food, I’d recommend checking the price before you order. We picked out several things from the cart and then sat to eat them but when the bill arrived, it was quite expensive. As we hadn’t checked prices when ordering, I suspect they may have been jacked up accordingly.

    The thing I liked most was that in the middle of the market, behind awnings and fruit crates is an old Baroque church, Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione. It seemed so unexpected and incongruous to have a church in the midst of the market but of course it’s perfectly normal in Palermo and that’s part of the charm.

    GETTING THERE: From Teatro Massimo, it took less than 5 min to walk there.
    Written November 7, 2020
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  • Nastame
    Harrogate, UK1,732 contributions
    This is a small fish market, but, nonetheless, very interesting. It was busy with local people buying for their dinner. There was a good range of fish, lovely gambas. My favourite was the fishmonger using old style scales to weigh the fish. A good little local fish market, full of local character with nice little harbour to the rear.
    Written September 26, 2017
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  • LF2107
    Dundee, UK210 contributions
    Stopped in this market for something to eat on way to a performance.ance at Teatro Massimo. It had a good buzz and I can imagine it's great fun later at night- unfortunately I don't make it back to see!
    Written May 11, 2022
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  • IlyaNJ
    Marlboro, NJ786 contributions
    You can't be in Palermo and not go to at least one of its main markets. The sights, the sounds, the smells are something else. For someone who is simply perusing without any aim to buy, the hustle may get overwhelming pretty quickly. Which is probably the reason Vucciria - the most compact of the three - is my favorite.
    Written October 7, 2021
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  • Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
    Caltanissetta, Italy2,861 contributions
    One of the best town in Sicily is certainly Sciacca, in the south west coast. There are a lot of attractions, but the fish market is a very show.
    Written November 12, 2019
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  • TheEpicureanQueen
    Glendale, AZ194 contributions
    For someone that likes to experience the smells, sights and sounds of how the locals shop this is a good place to stroll.
    Written November 4, 2019
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  • Stephen1952a
    Scottsdale, AZ201 contributions
    Great fun! Fresh and high quality products as well as friendly sellers. Super helpful. Some will shrink wrap if you ask. What more can you ask for?
    Written September 17, 2021
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  • SingWeiss
    Singapore, Singapore439 contributions
    My Airbnb host told me about this market so I arranged my stay to attend and am so glad I did! It is a huge open air market that goes on for blocks! Vendors come each week selling everything you can imagine - fresh produce, cheeses, meats, seafood and non-food items such as clothing, pots & pans, shoes, CDs, household items... And the whole town comes out for it as an excuse to catch up with friends. Lovely experience. Highly recommended!
    Written February 5, 2020
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