Portobello is a kind of shopping mall located in a village called Carini, just few kilometers by car from Palermo. Apparently the place is not well kept like a modern shopping mall, let's say it is an old style mall. It has about 20 shops where you can find everything at very low prices, branded italian clothing included. Reaching that place is not easy, apparently there is no bus or public services, the only way to reach it seems to be by taxi. It's on the way from the airport to Palermo, so I suggest to go there on the last day of your trip before leaving.
What to buy: Mafia Items(that's a must), italian clothing, dessert(casata or canoli)
What to pay: less than 30€
I saw this particular shop in the street across from via dei Calderai. What attracted me was the colorful display and the accuracy of every details. I lured the window for awhile and than went in to see better all those wonderful and colorful belts, bags and other leather objects.
The two owners hand make every item on display and they can build you all kind of stuff from the piece of leather you choose looking through their supply. They had lots of color and style.
Every item was original and perfectly made. I wish I could have bought something!!
Purses cost was around 100 euros for a medium size one.
Small shop in my favourite location in the city.
Full of Tommy Hillfigure and similar brands, the staff are friendly but its exspensive.
What to buy: They have lots of polo shirts in many colours and brands.
What to pay: A tad more than average
The Vucciria market is of course in the Vucciria disrict, at as central a a location as possible. Enter from Pizza San Domenico (the square of Chiesa San Domenico, Via Roma), it winds down to Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
Fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, spices, knock off burnt CDs and DVDs, bric a brac, sportswear.
What to buy: I bought a Sicilian cook book and sought out ingredients to take home imcluding Rosemary, fennel,capers, pine nuts and palemitana mix for ading to sieved tomatoes for spaghetti.
Fresh fruit was superb again. I also bought a souvenir for myself , a pink & black Palermo football scarf
What to pay: Bags of spices from about 1 Euro
This fruit market sells incredibly fresh fruit (as well as fish if you have the wherewithal to cook and preapre it). It is just off Piazza Giulio Cesare at Stazione Centrale, head for Via Maqueda and it is right beside you
What to buy: Peaches - these were the best I have tasted - did not know they were meant to taste like this, or could taste like this !
Grapes also delectable so 2005 will be a good year for Sicilian wines !
What to pay: Cheaper than UK supermarket prices
So many small shops around Palermo and the whole of Sicily you may have the impression to have enough. But, it can't be true; in any new shop you will find a different spirit, a different style!
What to buy: Everything, from cups to ash-tarys, from bottles to dishes and even gorgeous tables!!!
What to buy:
Arancine with ragù or mozzarella cheese;
Mokalba cake (whith fresh ricotta cheese filled whith coffe cream)