I moved from Europe a year ago to BA, and found my home in Palermo. The centre for the best art, creatives, music and fashion. The boutiques here are amazing, for men Felix is my favourite, combining Paul Smith casual wear with BA street style to fantastic effect, they have the most amazing jeans for 20 odd quid. When I go back to London all my fashiony friends continually rave about it. They also do a very nifty line in exclusive Nikes.
There's also a fabulous Addidas shop and then there are great bars for afters. For girls I reccomend Mishka "shoes for princesses". But there are a host of others, particulaly "Lupe". Most importantly check out the Palermo maps, they are the bible.
Music wise nothing beats the clubs and record shops in Europe, but Make sure you check out Club 69, Thursdays at Niceto (from 1am for me the best club in South America... and I've been to loads) make sure you stay for the show at 4am, and also Rumi (bit posher but still good) on Wed night.
Every Thursday night is one of the best club nights in town. Fantastic stage show all night, it really kicks off around 3am with the big, fat transvestite dancing show/parade. Quite entertaining. Massive and open drug consumption and gay friendly as well.
Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.
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