One of the things I enjoy most of living in Palermo is the amount of cool shops and cafés that are within walking distance of my flat. Saturday morning is usually reserved for cleaning and maybe an hour or two of work. But after lunch, I need to go for a walk with a podcast for companion (soon, a post on my podcast recommendations).
I have a routine that I change very little. I first walk towards Libertador towards Plaza Alemania, do a lap or two around the plaza, and head back down towards Santa Fe, and keep walking. I don’t make any stops during this first part of my Saturday stroll.
If it’s after 4 pm, my first stop is the Origamiteca. I love to make origami stars, so I acquire strips of lovely origami paper here and enjoy the smell of paper and ink before heading out in search of a cup of coffee.
Next stop is Lattente. I love walking the tree-lined streets on my way there. If the weather is not too hot or too cold, I order a flat white and my mandatory fustuca (I love pistachios) and sit outside to enjoy some people-watching. If don’t feel like staying, I order my flat white and my fustuca to go.
Then, I devote about half an hour to wander about the streets of Palermo. I sometimes walk past the street fair at Plaza Armenia, but only if I am in the mood. Sometimes there is live music, but if not, I try to avoid the crowds (plus the only stall I like is La Botanique).
I try to replicate this routine of coffee and wandering about everywhere I go. I find that it is the best way to get a sense of any city and its people. Go grab a cup of coffee and get lost in your city!