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Mercati di Palermo: Capo, Vucciria e Ballaro

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Capo & Ballaro worth a visit- don't bother with Vucciria

I wouldn't bother with Vucciria. Unless we missed a whole street, this only had a few stalls of 2nd hand tat and 1-2 veg stalls. Ballaro and Capo are bigger, with a huge mix of... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2015
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Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

I went to Vucceria several times, you can eat nice streetfood in the evening,party on the weekend and buy during the day

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Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

We were lucky enough to have chosen a B&B close to the Capo market. We ventured out and checked out the other two, but found that they didn't have much that interested us, especially given we didn't have a kitchen to cook in. The Capo market became our daily morning routine to get some fresh fruits, cooked sardines and calamari... More 

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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Visit Palermo's markets and you see the mix of inhabitants, the types of foods the locals eat and how they spice them, the colors and smells that make a place home. Sure a bit seedy, a bit dirty, a bit rough, but that's the market world. Capo is small and OK, but Ballaro is the biggest and best.

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 June 2016

There are four street markets in Palermo and we stayed in an apartment about three minutes walk from the largest at Ballaró. A fascinating place selling a huge variety of food. The tuna season was in full swing for our visit and the fishmongers had six foot tunas on their slabs being carved ready for sale. We did all our... More 

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Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

I can't believe there are any good reviews. It's just like the rest of the city: dirty, destroyed like in war zones. Not recommended at all.

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Reviewed 15 November 2015

I wouldn't bother with Vucciria. Unless we missed a whole street, this only had a few stalls of 2nd hand tat and 1-2 veg stalls. Ballaro and Capo are bigger, with a huge mix of meat, fish, veg, fruit, cheese, herbs, hats, belts & household items. Some of the vendors hygiene left lots to be desired, so if I was... More 

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Reviewed 29 October 2015

Il Capo followed by Ballaro were colourful with a huge array of spices, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish and cheeses. Stall holders were friendly and helpful. It helps if you speak a little Italian. We were given a gift of a variety of fish to make our stock with as we couldn't buy fish heads separately. If you are in Palermo... More 

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Reviewed 28 October 2015 via mobile

This is a traditional open market with haphazard arrangements of stalls, wet and noisy with stall holders shouting in Sicilian dialect. This was typical before the arrival of supermarkets and offers a glimpse of food culture to the younger generations.There's lots of fresh fruits & vegetables, herbs and spices and meats.The fishmongers look the dirtiest as expected. For tourists, it... More 

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Reviewed 22 October 2015

We visited two fruit and vegetable street markets in Palermo, Ballaro and Capo. Both are full of local color. But if I were actually shopping for food to cook for my family, I would go to Capo. Not quite as big but far superior from a food safety point if view. At Capo, meat vendors have refrigerated cases that keep... More 

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Reviewed 9 October 2015

This is here where you meat the real Palermo. Buy great produce cheaper than the supermarkeds. Easy to find andcosy to walk through.

Thank Christian W

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