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You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.

    • Trattoria Al Cancelletto Verde

      Pure Sicilian
      Are you ready for a culinary tour of traditional Sicilian cuisine with its enticing aromas? Trying the meat dishes on the menu is an absolute must in this trattoria – pan-fried fillet of beef in Marsala, or Involtini alla siciliana, a traditional Sicilian main course consisting of veal roulades with green beans and potatoes. There is a small, sophisticated dining room inside or a terrace outside, where diners can soak up the atmosphere of the city.
      Via Riccardo Wagner 14
      90100 Palermo
      +39 091 320 537
      cancellettoverde.it
    • Osteria dei Vespri

      A wine cellar serving local specialities
      This restaurant, run by brothers Andrea and Alberto Rizzo, has a large following. There are a number of reasons for this: outstanding cuisine, which is based on local produce, an excellent wine list featuring Sicilian wines, and the osteria's warm, convivial atmosphere. A detour to this charming osteria is a must for all wine enthusiasts.
      Piazza Croce dei vespri 6
      90133 Palermo
      +39 091 1617 1631
      osteriadeivespri.it
    • Antica Focacceria

      Restaurant and takeaway
      This long-standing establishment has been around since 1834 and is a culinary must on any trip to Palermo. It's a popular place with tourists, as well as locals. There is table service on the top floor, with the two floors below reserved for self-service at the counter. It's the perfect place for a cosy lunch and dinner, as well as for takeaway food. Like the establishment’s name suggests; focaccia is served here in a wide range of different ways.
      Via Alessandro Paternostro 58
      90133 Palermo
      +39 091 320 264
      anticafocacceria.it
    • Casa del Brodo

      Handed-down recipes
      This restaurant is in the Old Town, close to the Vucciria market. The Casa del Brodo has been reputed in Palermo for its fine cuisine for more than a hundred years. The family-run business serves up award-winning local fare, and the antipasti buffet comes particularly recommended. Fish here is fresh and, of course, you cannot leave here without trying the house special – the traditional broth with tortellini, which is prepared to a handed-down recipe. The experience is rounded off nicely with carefully selected wines and a cosy atmosphere.
      Corso Vittorio Emanuele 175
      90133 Palermo
      +39 091 321 655
      casadelbrodo.it
    • Ristorante Lo Scudiero

      Typically Italian
      This restaurant is located in the historic centre of Palermo, near to the Politeama and Massimo theatres. It serves up excellent starters, pasta dishes, fish, meat and – last but not least – dessert, all prepared using the finest ingredients. There is also an extensive wine list featuring over 200 carefully selected vintages. The cosy 50-cover restaurant is furnished in typical Italian style.
      Via Filippo Turati 7
      90139 Palermo
      +39 091 581 628
      ristoranteloscudiero.com
    • Gelateria Ciccio Adelfio

      The finest ice creams
      This gelateria is considered to be one of the best in the city. Centrally located close to the main station, this place serves up fantastic ice cream and has an extensive menu. The traditional Palermo gelato served in a warm brioche is an absolute must. The gelateria provides good value for money and – as if that's not enough – is open late, too. Perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth any time!
      Corso dei Mille, 73
      90123 Palermo
      gelateriadaciccio.it
    • Antico Caffè Spinnato

      Traditional bakery
      This is an Italian café par excellence in Palermo. Caffè Spinnato not only serves up a huge selection of delicious ice creams, gateaux, cakes and all kinds of sweet and savoury baked goods, but it is also the perfect place to call into for brunch. The long-standing establishment is also reputed for the quality of service – which could explain why many actually rate this place as Sicily's best café.
      Via Principe di Belmonte, 107/115
      90100 Palermo
      +39 091 749 5104
      spinnato.it
    • Pasticceria Cappello

      Sweet dreams
      When it comes to chocolate, the art of chocolate-making and quality, the Pasticceria Cappello is a well-established address in Palermo. The family-run business is located in the historic city centre, which explains the Pasticceria's loyal following of customers. Prepare to be enchanted by chocolate mousse with flambéed pears or pistachios, as well as a wide range of different cakes, gateaux and tarts.
      Via Colonna Rotta, 68
      90134 Palermo
      +39 091 489 601
      pasticceriacappello.it
    • Enoteca Picone

      For wine lovers
      This enoteca is a must for all wine connoisseurs: the extensive choice of white, rosé, red and sparkling wine is certain to make any visit thoroughly enjoyable. The wine list features bottles from all four corners of the world, alongside Sicilian and Italian wines. The enoteca offers wine-tasting sessions, and also serves up food in its cosy rooms. The wines, can of course, be bought to take out, together with liqueurs and beers.
      Via Guglielmo Marconi 36
      90141 Palermo
      +39 091 331 300
      enotecapicone.com
    • Gorky Club

      For night owls
      This is probably the best know club in the city. The perfect place for night owls. Alongside good DJs, there is also a line-up of live concerts and spectacular live shows. The cool and lively atmosphere make for a great evening that could easily end up finishing in the early hours. The beach is the perfect place to recover the day after!
      Via Ugo La Malfa 91/95
      90146 Palermo
      +39 338 813 7792
    • Kursaal Kalhesa

      Flanked by the old city walls
      The Kursaal is housed within the former Spanish city walls, making it somewhat of a highlight. Divided into a restaurant and bar, this is the place for enjoying a drink, sipping wine, or keeping hunger pangs at bay. The old walls surround a wonderful garden, as well as a library. Exhibitions, cultural events and live concerts take place here regularly.
      Foro Umberto I, 21
      90100 Palermo
      +39 340 157 3493
      Kursaal Kalhesa
    • Mikalsa

      100 different types of beer
      This beer bar regularly hosts great shows and jazz concerts. The bar is situated in Kalsa, one of the oldest districts of Palermo, and is housed in the former stables of the Palazzo Torremuzza. Sit inside or outside and choose from 100 varieties of beer, many of which are Belgian. The atmosphere is cosy, with sofas, chairs and stools – if you’re looking for variety, you’ve come to the right place.
      Via Torremuzza 27
      90133 Palermo
      +39 320 796 1621