Ballaro market was typical of street markets worldwide. Obviously a local favourite for daily produce and miscellaneous products .
A stroll through the market is a great way to spend a morning in Palermo. Amazing sights: beautiful and cheap fruits and vegetables, seafood like you can't imagine. Enjoy the very entertaining vendors and pick up a little snack.
I love going to markets in foreign cities. Whether it's the fun of bartering in Istanbul or seeing how beautifully food is displayed in France, I really enjoy tthem. While there's nothing "pretty" about the Ballaro Market, it's fascinating to see the huge fish being expertly cut by the vendors and the many types of fruit, vegetables and cheeses being... More
Our hotel was very close to here so we had a lovely walk through the market everyday. There is local fresh fruit and veg as well as fresh fish and meat on offer. As anywhere where fish is on sale there is a fishy aroma however it is not unbearable and most times I hardly noticed it. The fruit and... More
It's in a little alley so don't be nervous to walk back there! Tons of fresh produce and meats. Personally, we didnt buy anything but it was neat to go look and see how people buy their food locally. I would def. go back! :)
If you are one of those tourists who find misery, dirt and derelict "pictoresque" you may like it. My heart sinks for the people who live in those conditions. Put away the camera and ask how is it that things have been let so much out of hands.
The market is an experience worth having. We walked on a Saturday morning, and the sights and sounds were a "cultural experience" that helped define Palermo for us.
Messy, dirty, smells fish, flies on the fruits and worst thing of all, bikes going through every minute with meat, fish and fruits exposed, I would not have bought a single thing to eat from this market. Streets around have a miserable feel, trash absolutely everywhere, definetely not the best thing to experience in Palermo.
This place rocks! It is loud and noisy and colorful and full of life. The wares are in your face and I wish I had a kitchen to use so I could buy those huge mushrooms I saw or the strawberries that were stacked up precisely or those olives that had my mouth watering. The smells were great. This place... More
Today we bought fresh tomatoes, olives, mozzerala di buffala and a couple of beers, in an ancient market full of singing vendors with home grown produce. This hodge-podge, long, narrow market, is full of people, locals shopping on their Vespas, tourists taking in the sights, sounds and smells of fresh fish, pigs feet and georgous fruit all lovingly displayed, ready... More
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