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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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Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food
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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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 December 2016
Rui P
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Klaipeda, Lithuania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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.

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Casablanca, Morocco
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Dover, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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.

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1 Thank Coach T
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Ivka P
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 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

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San Leandro, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 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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