Things to do and eat with kids in and around Palermo​

sicilian street dish sfincione

New To Italy? - New To Palermo!! - "See" What You Can "Do" and "Eat"

Looking for family-friendly activities in Palermo? Besides its stunning architecture and charming landscapes, the capital of Sicily is also a great destination to visit with kids. From cute puppet theatres and lively street food markets to picturesque beaches and fun parklands, there are plenty of engaging attractions and activities in and around Palermo to keep the little ones entertained.

 

#1 Visit a Puppet Theatre 

puppet theatres in palermo

The puppet theatre is definitely one of the strongest cultural traditions in Sicily and kids just love it. Head out to the Museo Internazionale delle Marionette (International Puppet Museum) where you will find many pupari (puppeteers) showing off their skills. If you wish to see how puppets are actually made, check out the workshop of Vincenzo Argento. Vincenzo also puts on daily shows in front of the cathedral at the Palazzo Asmundo. There is also a great puppet theater right opposite of Teatro Massimo, which is run by probably the most-famous puppeteer in Sicily, Mimmo Cuticchio.

 

#2 Spend a Sunday Afternoon at 'Monte Pellegrino' 

Monte Pellegrino

There are many excellent destinations in Italy worth exploring and one of them is a large nature park called Monte Pellgrino. Located just a short drive from Palermo, this parkland and mountain is an ideal weekend getaway spot for travelers who wish to escape from all the hustle and bustle of the city center. It’s a great place to have a picnic with kids, but keep in mind that Monte Pellegrino gets crowded on Sundays when many Sicilian families come here. The easiest way to reach this wonderful parkland is by bus 821, which departs from Politeama.

#3 Relax at 'Mondello Beach' 

If the weather is nice and you wish to have some quality beach time with your kids, make sure to visit the amazing Mondello Lido. It boasts one of the best beaches in Sicily and attracts large numbers of both tourists and locals. Enjoy the warm Mediterranean waters while your kids are building a sandcastle and experience the bustling vibe of this small borough just outside of Palermo. In case you get hungry, there is a picturesque Art Nouveau pier and building at the end of the beach that houses a nice restaurant and a bar.

#4 Visit the Street Markets 

Street Markets in palermo

No visit to Palermo with kids is complete without exploring the city’s vibrant street markets. Honestly, the best way to experience street markets like Capo, Ballaro, and Vucciria is with a local guide. Luckily, there are dozens of street food tours available in Palermo and most of them include a visit to some of these markets where a local guide will tell you everything there is to know about the local specialties and the history of the markets that date back to the Arab times. Expect to see many local Sicilian grandmas purchasing fresh seafood and meats here, especially early in the morning.  

#5 Explore a Picturesque Coastal Town 

Located just an hour drive from Palermo, Cefalù is one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Sicily. Explore the town’s cobblestone streets and admire the breathtaking architecture of the buildings. Cefalù is also famous for its picturesque beach where you and your kids can spend a day swimming, paddle boarding, and enjoying other water activities. The town offers plenty of dining options and is packed with everything from casual eateries to fine dining establishments and boutique wine bars.

#6 Treat Yourself to Palermo's Authentic Street Food 

One of the best things about Palermo is that it offers reasonably priced and delicious street food. The food is cooked fresh right on the spot and there are numerous food stalls that consist of copper pans and simple grills and can be found on basically every corner of the city. The variety of snacks here is amazing and there are many authentic Sicilian dishes that your kids will instantly fall in love with. To help you decide what to try, here is a short list of the best street foods that Palermo has to offer.

If you are wondering,

What could be the “Food for Kids” options in Palermo. You are at right place..note down the following delicious , mouth watering snacks for you and your kids in Palmero.

Sfincione....as they say

sicilian street dish sfincione

One of the best Sicilian street dishes, Sfincione is basically a oily pizza topped with tomato sauce caciovallo cheese, onions, and anchovies. Although this mixture of bread and a pizza crust may sound a bit too plain, the mixture of flavors is amazing and the kids love it. The best place to sample this dish at Francu U Vastiddaru.

Arancine...

Arancino Vs Arancina? It seems that even the locals can’t agree what is the right way to pronounce these luscious balls of rice. It all depends if you are from East or West Sicily. This delicacy is fried to a crispy golden brown and includes a seriously creamy paste inside. You can opt for a variety of fillings including classic combinations like meat sauce and butter, diced cooked ham and mozzarella to more diverse combinations that include spinach with smoked cheese or shrimp. There are many places in Palermo where you can try this tasty specialty, but my personal favorite is at I Cuochini and at KePalle.

 

Panino Con Le Panelle...

Friggitoria Chiluzzo

Panino Con Le Panelle are popular with kids and definitely worth ordering on your vacation in Palermo. These savory fritters are made from chickpea flour and dipped into hot oil. This is the simplest form of the dish, but you can also add croche, eggplant, and some fresh Sicilian lemon. The best spots to try this dish include a small cart with no name in Mercato Ballaro and at Friggitoria Chiluzzo (Kalsa Neighborhood).

 

Cannolo...

If your kids are into the sweet stuff, Cannolo is definitely something they are bound to enjoy. This sweet specialty is known all over the world, but the locals here will tell you that the only place to try a real authentic Cannolo is right here in Sicily. The crunchy shell is stuffed with cheese and cream and stuffed with candied oranges, cinnamon, and pistachios. It’s practically one of the best desserts in the world. I tried it in France, Spain, even in North Italy, but the best Cannolo I’ve ever had was at Pasticceria Cappello right here in Palermo.

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Amsterdam’s Cannabis Culture and Coffeeshops

Amsterdam’s Cannabis Culture and Coffeeshops

For many of us,

when we hear ‘Amsterdam’, the first thing that comes to our mind are the loud voices communicating and celebrating the legalization of marihuana.

Hundreds of what they call ‘coffeeshops’ are found all over this city waiting for you to visit.

On the other hand,

for a first time visitor, it may be quite intimidating to know what to expect, how to behave, what to do inside one, and even what one is.

 This article will help you understand the world of Amsterdam’s cannabis culture and coffeeshops in order for you to live your trip to Amsterdam at its fullest potential.

What are Coffeeshops?

With cannabis being legal for people of over 18 years old, coffeeshops have been popping up all around the Netherlands; especially in Amsterdam. In a few words, coffeeshops are literally shops where people can purchase cannabis (often in various forms) for personal use.

In Amsterdam, being a heavily touristic city, you can find a large concentration of coffeeshops in the center; especially around the legendary Red Light District.

Amsterdam’s Cannabis Culture and Coffeeshops

When visiting the majority of coffeeshops in Amsterdam, you can expect the whole outside and inside of the shop to be quite unappealing if we’re being completely honest. You will also notice that the air inside the shop does not quite resemble air at all; but rather a collection of smoke.

The outside aspect of the shops may differ from shop to shop of course, but are commonly identified by having dark windows that block the view from people on the outside, large signs that read ‘Coffeeshop’ and of course by the overpowering smell of marihuana.

If it’s your first time in a coffeeshop, you might be surprised to see such a wide variety of ways cannabis can come in: nuggets, pre-made joints, edibles such as space cakes, cookies, chocolates and even chewing gum.

Do this in Coffeeshops and you are under the radar

  • Make sure not to confuse ‘coffeeshops’ with ‘cafés’ or ‘coffeehouse’. In the Netherlands, it is actually illegal to publicly disclose that a business sells cannabis; the name ‘coffeeshop’ has been regarded as a great and ironic way to identify these places.

 

  • Because of the tolerance laws in the Netherlands, there is only a certain amount of cannabis that you are allowed to have with you – any more and you could be severely penalized, as well as getting a bitter memory of something that could have been a great experience.

 

  • Another important tip would be for you to not leave without buying something. You don’t need to feel pressured to consume items that contain hash or cannabis. Many coffee shops offer regular sodas or drinks and snacks that you can buy; not buying anything could be seen as rude.

 

  • The rules for using marihuana are actually quite vague and confusing; even among locals. On the other hand, something very important to know is that is not allowed to consume marihuana in public. There are indeed areas in which you can smoke publicly, but others are forbidden. Since there are rarely any signs that disclose if you are allowed to consume it or not, it is highly recommended to stick to using it inside recognized coffeeshops or at home.

What you should do when in a Amsterdam coffeeshop

  • It is very important for you to do some research before you attend or consume any cannabis in Amsterdam. Although at first glance the cannabis culture may communicate that marihuana is entirely legalized, this is hardly the case. In reality, cannabis is indeed an illegal drug, but due to the tolerance policy implemented in the 1970s it is tolerated by authorities. This makes it okay for you to consume it under the correct circumstances.

 

  • Especially if you are consuming cannabis for the first time, please feel free to ask questions about the menu, and about the effects they may have on you. Don’t be embarrassed to say that you are a first time user. The coffeeshop workers would rather help you and explain the strains and options to you, rather than for you to have a negative experience.

 

  • It is also recommended for you to start small, and work your way up. The dosage levels and strength of soft-drugs in the Netherlands is known to be a lot stronger than people are used to. Therefore, in order for you to have a good trip instead of bad one, go a few levels down in intensity; or start at one of the lowest levels if you are a beginner.
soft-drugs in the Netherlands

Most Visit-Worthy Coffeeshops

If you are looking for an authentic trip to Amsterdam’s coffeeshops, it is likely that you will find this experience away from the coffeeshops located in the most touristic areas of the city. Below, you will see a list of coffeeshops offering you a genuine and different adventure from the mainstream. 

Paradox

Located close to the Anna Frank museum is Paradox. Not only are their price ranges very affordable, but its interior lets you sit down comfortably while you smoke your joint and have a coffee at the same time. Many coffeeshops around the center are quite small, so having a seating area comes in quite handy after a full day of walking.

Pablow Picasso

If you want to go somewhere where the locals go to the most, Pablow Picasso is the place. Its small size makes contributes to the cozy atmosphere of the shop, and their small yet classic selection of strains makes it a perfect location for beginners or first timers.

Yoyo

Yoyo would be the perfect place for you to visit if you like to feel at home and are interested in organic produce. This coffeeshop is proud to offer their customers with organically grown marihuana, which they can enjoy in their living room-like setting, or in their outdoor terrace.

Yoyo perfect place for organic produce

Coffeeshop Abraxas

Although it is found in one of the busiest areas of Amsterdam, Coffeeshop Abraxas is one which you cannot miss out on. It has beautifully decorated walls and floors that give out an artistic and ‘hippie’ vibe.

 

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