Shop for local wine and Sicilian delicacies, and enjoy the bright colors and delicious smells of this lively marketplace.
Join the hordes of locals who buy their fish, meat and vegetables at Il Capo Market. Purchase handmade clothes and bags or just come for the color, sounds and smells of a busy Italian street market.
The market's roots date back to the souks of the ninth century, when the island was ruled by Saracens, medieval Muslims.
Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, try some Mediterranean olives and local cheeses and peruse the range of herbs and spices. Be sure to taste delicacies such as a traditional Palermitan sandwich with panelle and chickpea fritters. The market is also a good place to come for Sicilian wine. There are rows of stalls and a huge selection. Many sellers will let you try before you buy. Sample some Marsala, a sweet and strong wine that is very popular here.In addition to the food and drink, you will also discover the work of talented local artists and sculptors. Browse stalls featuring oil paintings, religious statues and handmade bags. Then stop for a rest at one of the stalls selling strong Italian coffee and watch market life unfold in front of you.
Il Capo Market is open all day throughout the week. The busiest times are around mid-morning, while on Sundays, the activity is less frenetic. Although many of the items are very reasonably priced, haggling at some of the stalls is expected.
The market is located behind the Teatro Massimo between Via Porta Carini and the old city wall by Piazza Beati Paoli. The neighborhood is one of the oldest in Palermo and it is well worth your time going on a sightseeing expedition. Walk along the narrow streets and look for Arabic influences in some of the old architecture. Visit the 16th-century baroque Chiesa dell'Immacolata Concezione and the Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, which dates back to the 13th century.