Restaurants

Top Choice Bistro in Palermo

Bisso Bistrot

Frescoed walls, exposed ceiling beams and reasonably priced, lip-smacking appetisers, primi (first courses) and secondi (main courses) greet diners at this swinging, smart-casual bistro. Located at the northwest cor…
Top Choice Sicilian in Palermo

Trattoria al Vecchio Club Rosanero

A veritable shrine to the city’s football team (rosa nero refers to the team’s colours, pink and black), cavernous Vecchio Club scores goals with its bargain-priced, flavour-packed grub. Fish and seafood are the rea…
Italian in Palermo

Gagini

Expect sharp professionals and serious gastronomes at Gagini's rustic, candlelit tables. In the kitchen is young-gun chef Gioacchino Gaglio, whose passion for season, region and new-school thinking delivers marvels …
Pastries in Palermo

Pasticceria Fratelli Magrì

This third-generation pastry shop remains one of Palermo's best. Defy your dentist with made-from-scratch staples like cassata or cannolo, or tuck into less-obvious classics like patata (sponge-based pastry with cus…
Pastries in Palermo

Pasticceria Cappello

One of Palermo's finest bakeries, Cappello is famous for its setteveli (seven-layer chocolate-hazelnut cake), invented here and long since copied all over Palermo. Its counter tempts with other splendid pastries and…
Burgers in Palermo

FUD

A slick, pumping combo of concrete walls, filament bulbs and communal tables, FUD gives fast food a Slow Food makeover. Offerings include salads and pizzas, both playing second fiddle to the cult-status burgers, bui…
Street Food in Palermo

I Cuochini

Hidden inside a little courtyard off Via Ruggero Settimo, this long-standing Palermitan favourite specialises in low-cost snacks, including delicious arancinette (rice balls filled with meat sauce) and divine panze…
Sicilian in Palermo

Trattoria Ai Cascinari

Yes, it’s a bit out of the way, but Ai Cascinari, 1km north of the Cappella Palatina, is a long-standing Palermitan favourite, and deservedly so. It’s especially enjoyable on Sunday afternoons, when locals pack the …
Health Food in Palermo

Bioesserì

Join on-point locals at this fresh, stylish Milanese import, decked out in leather banquettes and upcycled crates turned into furniture. Part cafe, part upmarket grocery store, its virtuous bites tap all bases, from…
Sicilian in Palermo

Osteria Lo Bianco

Wedged between Piazza Politeama and the port, affable Lo Bianco cranks out delicious Palermitan classics at very digestible prices. The caponata is good enough to make a grown man weep, while the polpette di sarde (…