The historic markets of Palermo are not only places for the exchange of goods, but also meeting points of cultures, foods, smells, colours and centres for the city’s street food. These multi-ethnic markets are accessed through the ancient gates of the city. Through Porta Carini, you access the Capo Market, located in one of the oldest areas of the city, reminiscent of an Arabic souk. The Ballarò Market is the oldest market in the city as well as the biggest, the most animated and the most fun for the “abbanniate” (vendors’ cries). The Vucciria, whose name derives from the French “boucherie” (butcher’s shop), was once the most famous market in Palermo. The colourful stalls overflowing with goods were the subject of a famous painting by Renato Guttuso. The market, which today houses very few shops, has become the epicentre of street food and the place for Palermo nightlife.