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“A great Palermo market”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Mercato Ballaro

Mercato Ballaro
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Ranked #24 of 323 things to do in Palermo
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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448 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
“A great Palermo market”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We visited during February, with virtually no tourists, just Palermitani doing their shopping. In the meat/fish area of the market we saw a very freshly slaughtered lamb ready to be dressed, the head of a very large swordfish lying on the cobblestones and various animal parts I hadn't seen in years on display. Of course, there's the fresh fruit and vegetables but if you're staying somewhere where you can cook up some of this protein you'll have a blast.

Visited February 2013
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“very cheap”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

it was nice to wonder around this market, the fruit and veg are amoungst the cheapest I've seen in italy and looked good quality. there were only men around which could be a bit uncomfortable, but I had nobody bothering me. a nice place to shop or just watch the others!

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

A very long street lined up with stalls selling all the local produces, fish sea food, meats, cheeses and fruits. Colourful and fun, go before 2pm, although many stalls are opened after 2.

Visited January 2013
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Autentic and local.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

To stroll through this market gives one a wonderful, authentic and local feeling, which is one of the things i allways strive to find, when i travel. Here you defintely get it all.
It's loud, caotic, colourful and just an experience not to miss.

Visited December 2012
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Fresno, California
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“real sicily in action”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

The Ballaro market was a few blocks inland from our B&B. Personally, I like visiting markets in foreign countries to see people going about their lives--I regard it as a way to balance the impression generated by the formal tourist attractions. The Ballaro market did not disappoint. It very interesting to see the various fresh produce and fish for sale, including calamari and cuttlefish and large swordfish laying on beds of ice. Also, observing the posted prices was interesting. For example, bananas ranged from 0.80 to 1.20 euro per kilogram, which converts to about 0.50 US dollars per pound to about 75 cents per pound.

Visited December 2012
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