Hello, palermo

Capital of the beautiful region of Sicily, Palermo is a fascinating hidden gem awaiting to be discovered. This busy port city pulsates with vibrant energy, embodying a perpetual transformation that has firmly reinstated it among Europe's cultural hubs. Palermo is full of sights and treasures: from ornate Baroque churches and glorious Norman-Gothic architecture to elegant Art Nouveau villas and lively markets. Amidst the chaotic streets, the city's flamboyant spirit thrives, offering a delightful surprise at every turn.


The Cafes to visit

Sicilian sweet specialties

I Segreti del Chiostro

I Segreti del Chiostro, born as a project to safeguard secret recipes of convent bakeries from all over Sicily, finds its home in the Santa Caterina convent. Within these historic walls, this establishment showcases exceptional and rare sweet treats crafted from the finest ingredients. From biscuits to cassata, cannoli, fritters, and Sicilian slush, the offerings celebrate the legacy of these secret recipes, capturing the essence of Sicilian culinary heritage.

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Sicilian pizza Sfincione

Pastificio Graziano

Pastificio Graziano is a historic and beloved grocery store that captures the essence of Sicilian culinary delights. Once inside, a multitude of delicacies graces the window display, ranging from arancini and panelle to ravazzate and rustici. A true highlight is the sfincione — a Sicilian pizza with tomato sauce, caciocavallo cheese, anchovies, onions, and oregano.

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Sicilian pistachio cake

Pasticceria Cappello

A haven for those with a sweet tooth, Pasticceria Cappello stands as a renowned name in Palermo's chocolate scene. Celebrated for its delectable creations, this pastry shop boasts an array of delights that cater to every craving. From the iconic Setteveli cake to the Kenya cake infused with chocolate and coffee to Sicilian classics like cassata and cannoli. Pralines and an assortment of chocolate bars complete the enchanting repertoire, making Pasticceria Cappello a paradise for indulgence in all forms of cocoa confections.

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Italian ice-cream gelato

Gelateria La Kala

At La Kala, the essence of homemade ice cream comes to life through the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients and an unwavering commitment to traditional, natural methods. Among a wide spectrum of flavours, their speciality lies in fruit-infused delights, with the tre veli — a harmonious blend of three distinct fruit ice creams — being a standout recommendation. This haven of indulgence extends to Sicilian ice cream-filled brioche and the refreshing granita (slush).

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Sicilian arancini

Pasticceria Oscar 1965

Pasticceria Oscar 1965 is a culinary gem in Palermo, renowned for its unwavering commitment to freshness and an extensive assortment of tasty offerings. From sumptuous chocolate eclairs to iconic cannoli, cheesecake, and other pastries, the selection also extends to savoury temptations like pizzette and arancini — deep-fried rice balls filled with an array of fillings. The latter are considered the best in town by many locals.

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Sicilian cannoli

Bar Alba Pasticceria

A timeless fixture since 1955, Bar Alba stands as an unwavering beacon for Palermitans, intertwining tradition with innovation. A cherished local patisserie offering an array of yummy pastries in all forms, plus refreshing gelato, freshly made rotisserie, and some of the best arancini (deep-fried rice balls) to be found in Palermo.

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Sicilian sweet pastry with ricotta cream and chocolate

Bar Marocco

Located just across the Cathedral of Palermo, Bar Marocco has earned the trust of many of its guests through the years thanks to its fresh and delicious treats, including the famous iris: a traditional Sicilian deep-fried dessert filled with ricotta cream and chocolate flakes.

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Sicilian pastries

Bar Pasticceria La Preferita Gelateria

A real local gem, this venue is as much of an ice cream parlour as a café, serving traditional Sicilian desserts and rotisserie products. Try the cream puff filled with coffee cream and the chocolate cake.

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Sicilian cassata cake

Antico Caffè Spinnato

Founded in 1860, Spinnato epitomises the essence of a classic Italian café, standing as one of Palermo's finest patisseries. Revered for its range of traditional Sicilian deli specialities and a light lunch menu, this establishment offers a culinary journey through time. Delight in the ice cream-filled brioche or savour the rich flavors of the cassata, a traditional cake from Sicily composed of a round sponge cake moistened with fruit juices or liqueur and layered with ricotta cheese and candied fruit.

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A spoon of coffee at outdoor cafe

Casa Stagnitta

Nestled within the historic heart of Palermo, Casa Stagnitta is well worth a stop during a long day of sightseeing. From early morning, delight in breakfast delights such as croissants, brioches, and the quintessential Palermo rotisserie. The allure continues with freshly stuffed cannoli and cakes, as well as granita, a typical Sicilian cold, sweet treat made from water, sugar, and fruit.

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