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Updated: Sep 1, 2023

We were most recently at Palermo Airport Falcone Borsellino in May and June 2022.

Here we explain the vegetarian and vegan options we found at the eateries there, including how much the items cost and how they tasted...

How is the vegetarian and vegan selection?

In Palermo Airport Departures, you can buy pre-packaged food to go in two duty free shops, and sit down or take away meals and snacks from two cafes. It is relatively simple to eat vegetarian at Palermo Airport, but it is slightly trickier (but certainly not impossible!) for the vegans among us.

In terms of pre-packaged takeaway food, there was one slightly sad looking pre-packaged vegetarian sandwich among a large selection, and nothing for vegans. There were, however, plenty of snacks that vegetarians could purchase but very few things (besides salted crisps) for vegans.

In the cafes, however, the selection was much better. Vegetarians would be very pleased with the wide choice of pastries, hot sandwiches, pizzas and salads available. There were several vegan items too, including the WOW burger, a huge rainbow salad, a filled croissant, and plant-based starbucks chilled coffee.

How did the food taste?

Since our flight was very early we couldn't quite stomach a burger or salad yet. The croissant and coffee, however, were delicious - really welcome surprises for a pre-flight breakfast.

The almond-based coffee was sweet with a slight nutty flavour. The croissant was crumbly and flavoursome, filled with a berry jam. It would be impossible to know it was vegan without the label; Palermo was full of vegan pastries and if this croissant was anything to go by, it's easy to see why.

How do we rate Palermo Airport's selection?

If you are vegetarian, you will have no trouble finding something tasty and fresh to eat at Palermo Airport (though if you want something pre-packaged to go, this will be a little harder).

The vegan selection is small, and because there is nothing in the duty free fridges, you'll have to pay cafe prices (it's an airport, so expect the food to be more expensive than in a regular cafe). However, both cafes do have vegan options, with good stock levels and fresh and tasty ingredients.

Palermo Airport's selection could definitely be better - you probably wouldn't want to eat there frequently - but for airport food it's really not bad, you should be able to find something that you want to eat.

What did you think about the vegan food options at Palermo Airport? Are there any new places or old favourites that we've missed? Leave us a comment to let us know (and others who might be visiting too!)


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Where should I stay?

If you're looking for a friendly and arty hostel - whether you fancy a dorm or a private room - A Casa Di Amici Boutique Hostel is really popular in Palermo, and attracts consistently high reviews.

For an authentic, traditionally Sicilian hotel experience, D'Angelo might be exactly what you're looking for! This small hotel even has an antique lift to get you up to the second floor of this beautiful period building.

Tours & Experiences

If, like us, you arrive into or leave Palermo Airport outside of convenient transport hours, there are plenty of airport transfers that you can book to make getting to and from your accommodation much easier. Once you're settled in, if you want to explore Sicily more widely, why not check out the top-rated Viator tours below?

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