The Ballarò market is one of the most famous and lively historical markets in Palermo. Located in the Albergheria district, it is a vibrant and colourful place where you can discover the authentic Sicilian atmosphere with its intense commercial activity.
The Ballarò market has ancient origins and dates back to the Arab-Norman period, when the area was known as Baliara or Balià. Over the centuries, the market has developed and today is a shopping destination for fresh foodstuffs, but also for clothing, household items and much more.
Inside the market, you can find numerous stalls and stands offering a wide range of local products, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, cheese, bread, traditional sweets, spices and typical Sicilian products. The market is also known for its selection of street food: arancine (traditional Sicilian rice balls), panelle (chickpea fritters), sfincione (a kind of Sicilian pizza) and other local delicacies.
What makes the Ballarò market so fascinating is its energy and its lively atmosphere. The narrow, crowded streets are full of sounds, colours and smells that create a unique sensorial experience. While many vendors shout out their offers, customers negotiate prices and look for special deals.
Moreover, the Ballarò market is a social place, where the inhabitants of the neighbourhood gather here to shop, talk and share stories. If you visit it, you will deeply immerse in the Sicilian culture, discovering daily Palermo city life. Explore the market in the morning hours to find a wide selection of fresh products.