Right next to the fresh fish market stands the green market, offering delicious and fresh Sicilian vegetables rich of exceptional flavour. I can't imagine the better combination then a dish made from such a fish and vegetables. Not such a healthy food excisting, the soil of Sicily isn't poluted by industry. Besides, Sicily has a very long history in farming, it used to be the stomach of the Roman Empire.
What to buy: Well, if visitor cannot take home fresh vegetables at least could do something else. The Sicilian speciality is dried tomatoe which could be taken with without any risk to get perishable and it could be used in many different dishes.
For a seafood lover, as I am, visiting open-air fish market at Catania was alike holiday for the eyes. To be honest, although I prefer fish from the Adriatic, not one fish market at Veneto towns cannot compite with this at Catania. There are so many sorts of high quality fish here and some of them I saw for the first time.
What to buy: I can only regret for not having possibility to put some of this fishes on a grill and make it in my way. Anyway, fresh fish isn't expensive in Catania and comparing it with prices at northern parts of Italy it is between 20-40% cheaper.
Menza exists since 1863. This big store offers all kind of very delicious Sicilian specialities to eat and to drink. You have the possibility to go to the bar or directly to buy from the simple cake to the entire meal. It's considered one of the most important place in Catania for the choice and the quality of their products.
What to buy: TUTTU LU NIGOZZIU! ALL THE STORE!. You also have the possibility to ask special boxes if you need to asporte your food.
As soon as we arrived in Catania we went shopping at the open air market! It was within walking distance from our hotel and very large and you will find lots of things to buy. Don't pay exactly what they ask, you have to bargain with them.
There are several shops that sell average Sicilian trinkets. They are the same quality as the stuff that people pay 3 times as much for in Taormina. Fuoco dell'Etna, Trinakrie (those faces with three legs, that represent the island of Sicily), colorful plates, and of course, Pupazzi!
A pupazzo is a puppet. Sicily is famous for its puppets, which represent figures from the Crusades. Orlando, Rolando, the Moors, Angelica - all decked out in armour and carrying swords. Prices vary according to size and quality of the armour. The cheapest are about 10 inches tall and have shiny tin armour. The most expensive are about 4 feet tall and have bronze armour that has been left outside for several years to weather.
Via Etnea is the main shopping area in Catania. It has loads of clothes shops and there is also a Coin shop which is an Italian department store.
What to buy: Clothes, shoes, accessories..
The best place for shopping in Catania is Via Etnea but there are a large number of shops in many other streets.