palermo

Hello, palermo

Capital of the beautiful region of Sicily, Palermo is a fascinating hidden gem and a busy port city that brims with energy. Continuously changing, this city has reclaimed its place among Europe’s cultural cities. Palermo is full of sights and treasures: from Baroque churches and glorious Norman-Gothic architecture to Art Nouveau villas and lively markets – the flamboyant spirit of Palermo can be found down every corner of the city's chaotic streets.

Cafes

The Cafes to visit

Sicilian sweet specialties

I Segreti del Chiostro

I Segreti del Chiostro started as a project to safeguard secret recipes of convent bakeries from all over Sicily. Located in Santa Caterina convent, it sells outstanding rare sweet treats made out of prime-quality ingredients, like biscuits, cassata and cannoli, preserves, fritters and Sicilian slush.

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Sicilian pizza Sfincione

Panificio Graziano

Panificio Graziano is widely known for its yummy pizza and sfincione (Palermitan pizza-bread topped with tomatoes, onions, anchovies and caciocavallo cheese) that are hugely popular with the locals. This means there is often a long line of people waiting their turn and many who are coming back all over again.

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Sicilian pistachio cake

Pasticceria Cappello

A heaven for any sweet tooth, Pasticceria Cappello has a long-standing tradition as one of the finest patisseries in Palermo. The outstanding quality of the products of this family-run bakery has lead to them being copied all over the city. Don't miss out on the famous settestrati or setteveli cake: seven layers of chocolate and hazelnut or the filled-on-spot cannoli.

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Italian ice-cream gelato

Gelateria La Kala

La Kala offers homemade ice-cream prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients and using only natural, traditional methods. Even though they have a wide variety of flavours available, they are specialized in fruit flavours: try the tre veli: a mix of three different fruit ice-cream. They also serve Sicilian ice cream-filled brioche and granita (slush).

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Sicilian arancini

Pasticceria Oscar 1965

Pasticceria Oscar is a genuine pastry shop where you can find an impressive range of all things sweet and tasty. Chocolate eclairs, cannoli, cheesecake, pastries but also pizzette and arancini, deep-fried rice balls with different fillings. Their famous arancini are considered the best in town by many locals.

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Sicilian cannoli

Bar Alba Pasticceria

A most beloved neighbourhood patisserie, Pasticceria Alba serves a lot of yummy pastries in all forms, refreshing gelato and some of the best arancini (filled rice balls) to be found in Palermo. Besides the tasty pastries, they also offer rotisserie products. Try the pistachio ice-cream.

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Sicilian sweet pastry with ricotta cream and chocolate

Bar Marocco

Bar Marocco is located just in front of the Cathedral of Palermo. They have earned the trust of many of its guests through the years thanks to its fresh and delicious desserts and sweet treats, including the famous Iris: a deep-fried sweet dough filled with ricotta cream and chocolate flakes.

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Sicilian pastries

Pasticceria La Preferita

A real local gem, this venue is as much of an ice cream parlour as of 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 back in the 1860, Spinnato is considered one of the best patisseries in Palermo: it offers traditional Sicilian deli specialities and a light lunch menu.Try the ice cream-filled brioche or the traditional cassata.

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A spoon of coffee at outdoor cafe

Casa Stagnitta

As another authentic coffeehouse, Casa Stagnitta boasts Sicilian desserts and gelato, plus unique coffee flavours. If you find one to your liking, you can purchase it as a souvenir at their shop. Located in the historical city centre, this café is worth a stop during a long day of sightseeing.

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