Hidden Gems for Palermo
Find great things to do in Palermo
The capital of the beautiful region of Sicily and a busy port city that brims with energy! In our travel guide you will find great things to do in Palermo.
1. Hidden Gem Palermo: Frida Pizzeria
Rumors say the Pizza at “Frida” is the best in whole Palermo. This local favourite makes thin-crust pizzas in a variety of shapes, including quadri (picture-frame-shaped pizzas) and vulcanotti (a square pizza framed by a thick stuffed crust.).The pizza is huge! So come here very hungry or share one. Toppings include Sicilian specialties like tuna, capers, pistachios, mint, aubergines and fresh ricotta. Please keep in mind that the restaurant can get very crowded, so if you don’t want to spend an hour in the line make sure to take a reservation or be there 15 minutes before it opens.
Pizzeria Frida / © Instagram: mini_barni
2. Hidden Gem Palermo: Scala dei Turchi
Welcome to the moon! At least it almost feels like that. Scala dei Turchi is a stunningly white rock formation on the southern coast of Sicily. Its rock is made of a soft, limestone and a blinding white marl. Nature has worked this material over time, making it soft and sinuous, with the help of the sea and the salty breeze, creating terraces and smoothing every corner. This white cliff is located along the stretch of sea between Realmonte and Porto Empedocle.
Scala dei Turchi / © Instagram: -andrearuffi_fotovideo
3. Hidden Gem Palermo: Cioccolateria Lorenzo
This family-run café is a true jewel In Palermo. More parisian inspired than italian but simply delicious. Besides their excellent collection of pralines and chocolates, there’s loads of yummy cake selections, gelato, and coffee/tea choices. Of course you can also stop by to enjoy a light lunch or to share an aperitif. The outside seating area is super cozy and invites you to stay for a while, read a book and enjoy life. On sundays they also offer a great brunch. The chocolate shop Lorenzo is located between Palazzo Steri and the angels of the church of Gancia, in front of the ficus centenarians of Piazza Marina.
Cioccolateria Lorenzo / © Instagram: emmacarollo23
4. Hidden Gem Palermo: Mercato di Ballaro
It’s a fascinating mix of noises, smells and street life, and the cheapest place for everything from Chinese padded bras to fresh produce, fish, meat, olives and cheese. At the stalls you can find fresh products of the Sicilian countryside and sea. On the weekends it gets very crowded and the greengrocers sell also cooked food, typical cuisine of Palermo, such as boiled or baked onions, panelle and “cazzilli” (potato croquettes). So just stroll around and explore.
Mercato di Ballaro / © Instagram: maireadk_