Restaurants and bars in Palermo


No one can live on culture, architecture, art and history alone, and Palermo is as much about eating and drinking as it is about its churches, palazzi, galleries and museums. As a complement to our three walking itineraries, below you'll find a selection of restaurants, trattorie, pizzeria, bars and cafés where you can stop off for a well-earned meal or a drink.

Pricing legend (per person based on one or two courses):

- under €15
€€ - between €15 and €30
€€€ - between €30 and €50

Itinerary 1 - from the Quattro Canti to the Norman Palace

Places to eat

1. Bisso Bistrot - right on the Quattro Canti, this informal restaurant serves traditional Palermitan and Sicilian dishes at communal tables. You might have to wait to be seated, but you can ask for a carafe of wine while you wait. €-€€

2. Pizzeria Bellini - on Piazza Bellini, next to La Martorana church. It's by no means the best place to eat in Palermo, but it's a great place to sit, have a drink and a snack and take in your surroundings. €-€€

3. Moltivolti - a multi-ethnic restaurant in the Ballarò market (Via Giuseppe Maria Puglia) serving traditional dishes from Palermo, North Africa, West Africa and Afghanistan (there are chefs from each of these regions). €-€€

4. Al Fondaco del Conte - quite an elegant restaurant serving well-cooked Sicilian fare in the heart of the Ballarò (Piazza Conte Federico), right opposite one of Palermo's oldest aristocratic palaces, Palazzo Conte Federico. €€

Bars, cafés and gelateries

There are plenty of cafés and bars from which to choose in the area, depending on your requirements. Here's one that's a bit different:

1. Ballarak - for anyone who likes craft beer, this rather Teutonic hipster institution in the evocatively named Via Saladino in heart of the Ballarò is a good place to stop off for a drink. They also serve wine, cocktails and other drinks, so everyone is catered for.

Back to itinerary 1 - from the Quattro Canti to the Norman Palace

Itinerary 2 - the Kalsa district

Places to eat

1. Antica Focacceria S. Francesco - opposite the Basilica di San Francesco, the Antica Focacceria S. Francesco has been serving up Palermitan street food for nearly 200 years. It's well worth stopping off at for a snack, such as sfincione (Palermo's very own type of pizza), a panino con pannelle (a chick-pea fritter sandwich) or, for the less faint-hearted, a pane ca meusa (a spleen and lung sandwich). In the summer months, it spills out onto the piazza and serves a menu of antipasti, pastas, salads, meat and fish. € (for the street food), €€ for the restaurant.

2. Osteria Ballarò - don't be fooled by the name: it's not in the Ballarò market, but Via Calascibetta, just a short stroll from the Basilica di San Francesco. While there is a more formal restaurant section, we recommend you try the street-food bar, serving cheese and hams, caponata, and a variety of other tasty snack, usually brought out as a platter.

3. Ristorante Ottava Nota - if you want a proper sit-down lunch in a more refined setting, L'Ottava Nota (between Piazza Marina and the Foro Italico) is the place to go. It serves sophisticated cuisine using excellent prime ingredients. €€€

Bars, cafés and gelaterie

1. Bar Garibaldi - just a few steps from the Basilica di San Francesco in Via Paternostro, this hipster place is a great spot to hang out al fresco and watch the world go by.

2. Antica Gelateria Foro Italico - on the Foro Italico below the Mura delle Cattive, this is one of Palermo's best-loved ice-cream parlours. They have lots of flavours to choose from and lots of tables outside looking out to sea.

3. Hotel Ambasciatori - situated at number 111 Via Roma, this hotel boasts one of the best roof-top bars in Palermo, the perfect place to come after a day exploring the area, as you can then look down on where you've been.

Back to itinerary 2 - the Kalsa district

Itinerary 3 - from the Capo market to the Cala marina

Places to eat

1. FUD - conveniently located in Piazza Sant'Olivella, near the Regional Archaeological Museum, this bar-pub serves excellent burgers, sandwiches, platters of cheeses and cured meats, and salads. It's usually open from midday to past midnight, so no matter when you get hungry you can pop in. €-€€

2. Palazzo Branciforte - this museum, gallery and cooking school on the lower reaches of Via Bara dell'Olivella (near the Oratorio di Santa Cita) has an elegant restaurant with a lovely internal courtyard. €€

Bars, cafés and gelaterie

1. Teatro Massimo - there is a nice al fresco bar in the grounds of the Teatro Massimo, a good spot overlooking Piazza Verdi for a beer, a glass of wine, an Aperol Spritz or just a coffee.

2. A Cala - right on the marina, this modern, stylish bar is a great spot for an aperitif. It also serves food if you get settled in.

Back to itinerary 3 - from the Capo market to the Cala marina

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