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Mercato Ballaro

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Neighbourhood: Palazzo Reale
As featured in Best Food in Palermo
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Address: Vicolo Del Carmelo, 90134, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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The street culture of Palermo

Either if you want to buy something or just enjoy the bright colors of fruits and vegetables, you must visit this place if you want to get in touch with the other side of the... read more

Reviewed 20 December 2016
Rui P
Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved our visits to this lively market. We stayed in an apartment in Palermo and bought lunch there. Motzarella, tomatoes, olives, basil, bread and wine. The merchants are super friendly. The fish displays are incredible and the sausages, salamis mouth-watering. A great, authentic experience.

Thank Corbun47
Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Big city market, very busy. I was surprised that I could not find the fruit that I wanted there. Not especially interesting, but worth a short stroll. Go to the monuments and museums instead.

Thank Thomas V
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

It was just ok, underwhelmed and not well organized. It was supposed to be one of the better ones in Palmero. The smaller fish market at Catania was more enjoyable.

Thank FYL003
Klaipeda, Lithuania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I found this market very usual. Vegetables, fish, cheese, olives etc. Nothing special. If you need to get some groceries - thats a place. If you looking for some authentic stuff - try something else.

Thank Eva B
Casablanca, Morocco
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Good to see the amazing produce and the vibrancy of the market as they provide insights into life in Palermo! We wish we were in an apartment so that we could have an opportunity to use the fantastic seafood, vegetables and fruit in a feast.

1 Thank Karen L
Lisbon, Portugal
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140 reviews
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

Either if you want to buy something or just enjoy the bright colors of fruits and vegetables, you must visit this place if you want to get in touch with the other side of the Palermo culture, besides the churches and palaces and museums. The street life is full of views, smells, sounds and people of all kinds and I... More 

1 Thank Rui P
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Great big market full of fresh fruit and vegetables, spices, delis. Busy atmosphere with stall owners yelling and people everywhere. Really good experience. Also good place to buy food, prices are cheap

1 Thank Geefran
Dover, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We had seen the other main markets before this and most of the produce, fish, and other goods looked quite similar. We then entered a place where there were murals and very quickly felt unsafe and came upon so much trash everywhere and seedy looking people rooting through dumpsters. This was a huge turn off, we could not wait to... More 

2 Thank mmikeeee90
Charleston, West Virginia
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

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.

1 Thank Coach T
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

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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