A successful trip consists of memorable memories and brought purchases. Shopping in Palermo is a good investment. Shopping centers, shops and markets of the city are a nice bonus to the sights.
Tourists should remember that Italian shops usually do not work on Sundays and public holidays. And on Saturday, you can make purchases only before the siesta, after 13:00 the main part of street shops is closed. This does not apply to boutiques on the main shopping streets, which are open 7 days a week.
Shopping for a modest budget is worth starting with a visit to the shopping streets. The bulk of Palermo street boutiques are located in the "old town". You should start the shopping tour on the streets adjacent to Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, where the opera house (Teatro Massimo) is located. Elite Italian boutiques (Gucci, Versace, Benetton, Max Mara), as well as economy class stores (Zara Italia, Promod, Mango and H&M) successfully coexist in this area.
On the shopping map of Palermo, Via Maqueda is the keythat stretches from Verdi Square to Central Station. The region pleases tourists with affordable prices and a kaleidoscope - here you can find goods for almost every taste!
At the beginning of the street there are shops of clothes and shoes of European brands. Then, fashion boutiques are replaced by small shops with souvenir products, ethnic goods from the East (Indian saris, musical instruments: harp, tom-toms, singing bowls, incense) and African exoticism (masks, figurines, jewelry).
Tourists who prefer premium items await the vibrant display windows of Via della Liberta, which can be checked at the Teatro Politeama Garibaldi Theater. The most popular brands are: Louis Vuitton, Harmont & Blaine, Hogan and Tod's.
Interesting purchases can be made on Via Ruggero Settimo, where there are many shops that fill the soul with joy, and tourist luggage - with purchases. You should look here for original things to decorate the interior, expensive jewelry, perfumes or colorful books.
Also sellers in Via Roma and Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) lead a rather active trading life.. Traveling through them, customers will find dozens of luxury boutiques and modest shops with clothes and shoes, elegant accessories and jewelry, goods for sports.
Shopping in Palermo will be incomplete without the purchase of unique souvenirs. Tourists should focus on antique souvenir shops selling antiques and traditional Sicilian crafts. The most interesting items can be found in the central part of Palermo, and the cheapest souvenirs can be seen in the markets. Take a look at Via Ruggero Settimo and Via Maqueda - it’s impossible to leave without shopping!
Although Palermo is a major port city, there are not many hypermarkets here. Locals are more willing to buy the necessary things in outlets or small shops, and products - in the markets.
Shopping center "CONCA D'ORO"
The large shopping center CONCA D'ORO is designed for many hours of traveling through the clothing stores of well-known European manufacturers. Also in the hypermarket you can buy quality food, use the services of banks, have a bite to eat in small restaurants, watch movies in a movie theater. Tourists with children will love the opportunity to leave their kids in the playroom under the supervision of educators.
- Address: Via Lanza di Scalea.
- Opening hours: daily from 9:00 to 22:30.
- Website: www.concadorocentrocommerciale.it
Department Store "Dell'Oglio"
Since the end of the 19th century, the large Dell'Oglio department store has been operating in Palermo, located in a chic building in the city center. The peculiarity of this place is emphasized aristocracy, the sophistication of the design of boutiques. Here are collections of leading European brands, as well as small boutiques of exclusive items from Italian designers. People come here from the new collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Caran, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Eggs, Matthew Goodman, Kenzo, Oscar De La Renta.
- Address: Via della Liberta, 41.
- Website: www.dellogliostore.com
TC "Forum di Palermo"
Forum Palermo has a huge trading space, which includes one and a half hundred boutiques with outerwear, shoes, jewelry and accessories. In addition to the standard set of elite clothes, Forum Palermo has electronics, cosmetics, several "remote" beauty salons, children's playrooms, movie theaters and many cozy cafes and restaurants.
- Address: Localita Roccella, Via Pecoraino
- Opening hours: daily from 9:00 to 21:00.
- Website: www.forum-palermo.it
Department store "La Rinascente"
The chic La Rinascente department store is located next to the picturesque church of St. Dominic (Chiesa di S. Domenico e Chiostro). The four-story building is filled from top to bottom with boutiques of luxury brands. Tourists can easily pick up original and elegant clothes, enrich luggage with expensive and high-quality accessories. A number of stores offering home goods (books, bedding, curtains, furniture, appliances) are very interesting.
Cosmetic shops are equipped to the highest level: professional cosmetologists, consultants, spa treatments. Perfume departments often present new perfumes and eau de toilette. Gourmets should look into the "food" boutiques that sell coffee, wine, cheeses, alcoholic drinks, sweets. And on the fourth floor is the food hall Food Hall, where customers can enjoy traditional Sicilian cuisine and the best international dishes.
At the end of shopping, you should climb the roof of the La Rinascente department store. The spacious panoramic terrace offers romantic and magnificent views of Palermo. Celebrations are often held here - corporate parties, banquets and real Sicilian weddings!
- Address: Via Roma, 289.
- Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 9:30 - 21:00, Sun: 10:00 - 20:30.
- Website: www.rinascente.it
If in the CIS countries stores selling branded goods at a reduced price are usually called "stock", then in Europe these will be outlets. During sales, you can purchase designer clothes, shoes or accessories with a discount of up to 80%!
Italian outlets "play by the rules" - manufacturers supply only quality items at low prices. Tourists and locals get the opportunity to cheaply update their wardrobe with exquisite things.
Sicilia Outlet Village
There are no outlets in Palermo itself; the nearest outlet, Sicily, is located near the town of Etna, on the way to Catania. But he works without breaks and days off, including during siesta. Every morning a free bus leaves Palermo, carrying fans of shopping to Sicily. Depending on the season, you can purchase items from 100 European brands with discounts from 30 to 70%.
On the top floor of the outlet there is a relaxation area with a magnificent view of the mountains. People come here to have a bite to eat in a posh Italian restaurant, send children to the play space or enjoy a music concert from the big stage.
- Schedule: Mon-Fri from 10:00 to 20:00, Sat-Sun from 10:00 to 21:00
- Website: www.siciliaoutletvillage.it
Shopping in Palermo gets crazy twice a year. The city is drowning in an avalanche of seasonal sales. The peculiarity of Italian purchases is that the "drain" of products begins with a 30% discount, and ends with a grandiose collapse in prices of 70-80%!
The winter season of discounts begins after the New Year (January 7) and ends at the beginning of spring (March 10). The summer season of Total Sale begins ten days before the grandiose water festival Festa del Redentore, held annually in Venice (June 8), and ends before Shakespeare's Juliet's birthday (September 15).