Top cof­fee and pa­stry shops

Where Venice - - Dining - By Ste­fa­nia Vi­da

Whe­ther you're in sear­ch of a cup of cof­fee, a snack or an ape­ri­ti­vo, Ve­ni­ce of­fers an in­cre­di­ble va­rie­ty of bars and pa­stry shops, whe­re you can stop af­ter a long day's sightseeing. Whe­re® of­fers you a pick of the be­st pla­ces to ta­ke a re­la­xing break, from the mo­st mo­dern ve­nues to mo­re hi­sto­ric lo­ca­tions boa­sting a re­tro at­mo­sphe­re for a real trip back in ti­me

Caf­fè Flo­rian - One of Ve­ni­ce's mo­st fa­mous ca­fés wi­th its glit­te­ring neo-Ba­ro­que dé­cor and at­trac­ti­ve 19th cen­tu­ry wall pa­nels, Caf­fè Flo­rian is lo­ca­ted in the heart of St. Mark's Squa­re. The ol­de­st ca­fé in Ita­ly, Flo­rian is stee­ped in hi­sto­ry. Ope­ned on 29 De­cem­ber 1720 by Flo­ria­no Fran­ce­sco­ni, un­der the na­me of ‘Al­la Ve­ne­zia Trion­fan­te', it was sim­ply re-chri­ste­ned Flo­rian by its re­gu­lars, who in­clu­ded ce­le­bri­ties su­ch as Ca­sa­no­va, Gol­do­ni, Ca­na­let­to and Guar­di. www.caf­fe­flo­ Piaz­za San Mar­co, 57. T: 041 5205641. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 or 2 (San Mar­co stop).

Caf­fè La­ve­na - Sin­ce 1750, Caf­fè La­ve­na, si­tua­ted in a cor­ner at the foot of the Clock To­wer in front of the Ba­si­li­ca, has been one of the mo­st re­no­w­ned cof­fee shops in Ve­ni­ce. Kno­wn by the Ve­ne­tians of tho­se days as the ‘Caf­fè dei Fo­re­sti' (The Fo­rei­gners' ca­fè), it was main­ly fre­quen­ted by an in­ter­na­tio­nal clien­te­le.­ve­ Piaz­za San Mar­co, 133/134. T: 041 5224070. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 or 2 (Rialto stop). Dal Mas Lo­ca­ted ju­st a few mi­nu­tes from the rail­way sta­tion, this pa­stry shop of­fers a trium­ph of tra­di­tio­nal sweet trea­ts for break­fa­st (in ad­di­tion to crois­san­ts, try their ‘za­le­ti', ‘pan dei Do­gi' and ‘sbre­ghet­ti­ne'). Tho­se wi­th a sweet too­th will be de­lighted to know that Dal Mas is al­so a cho­co­la­te shop whe­re you can find sin­gle ser­vings of mous­se, mi­ni Sa­cher tor­te, ‘can­no­li' and brightly­co­lou­red ma­ca­rons. www.cioc­co­la­te­ria­dal­mas. com. Can­na­re­gio, 149/a (Rio Te­rà Li­sta de Spa­gna), a few me­tres from the St. Lu­cia Sta­tion. T: 041 715101.

Gran Caf­fè Qua­dri - Ne­stling in St. Mark's Squa­re, wi­th its or­na­te stuc­co moul­dings, 18th-cen­tu­ry mu­rals, hu­ge mir­rors and po­li­shed woo­den fur­ni­tu­re, Qua­dri is eve­ry in­ch the hi­sto­ri­cal ca­fé. Peo­ple, in­clu­ding ha­bi­tués li­ke Sten­d­hal, Wa­gner, Prou­st and Woo­dy Al­len, ha­ve been drin­king at this hi­sto­ric ve­nue sin­ce 1638. www.ala­j­ Piaz­za San Mar­co, 121. T: 041 5222105. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 or 2 (Rialto stop).

Har­ry's Bar - Foun­ded in the 1930s, this le­gen­da­ry bar is re­no­w­ned for its Bel­li­ni cock­tails and for being the fa­vou­ri­te haunt, sin­ce it fir­st ope­ned, of al­mo­st eve­ry fa­mous na­me to vi­sit Ve­ni­ce. To­day, it is still a mu­st-vi­sit sto­po­ver for anyo­ne vi­si­ting Ve­ni­ce, a per­fect op­por­tu­ni­ty to step back in ti­me and sa­vour its slightly re­tro and in­cre­di­bly fa­sci­na­ting at­mo­sphe­re. An ideal ve­nue at any ti­me of day, ei­ther for lun­ch or din­ner, but al­so for a tru­ly tra­de­mark ape­ri­ti­vo! www.har­ry­sbar­ve­ne­ San Mar­co, 1323 (Cal­le Val­la­res­so). T: 041 5285777. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 or 2 (Val­la­res­so stop).

Har­ry's Dol­ci - Har­ry's Dol­ci, a bar and re­stau­rant, of­fers a pea­ce­ful view of the Ca­nal wi­th out­door ta­bles fa­cing the Giu­dec­ca Ca­nal. The peo­ple at the fa­med Har­ry's Dol­ci ha­ve esta­bli­shed their la­te­st en­cla­ve on this ra­re­ly vi­si­ted island, far from the mad­ding cro­wds of Piaz­za San Mar­co. From the quay­si­de win­do­ws of this chic place, you can wat­ch sea­going ves­sels, from ya­ch­ts to lagoon bar­ges. ci­pria­ Fon­da­men­ta S. Bia­gio, 773 (Giu­dec­ca). T: 041 5224844. Va­po­ret­to li­nea 4.1 (Pa­lan­ca stop).

Pa­stic­ce­ria Ita­lo Di­do­vi­ch - Should you find your­self in the vi­ci­ni­ty of Cam­po San­ta Ma­ri­na (ju­st a lit­tle off the bea­ten tou­ri­st track), ma­ke a bee­li­ne for this ex­cel­lent pa­stry shop, whi­ch has stood he­re for the pa­st 40 years. In ad­di­tion to ‘frol­le' and ri­ce and al­mond pa­stries, it al­so of­fers se­ve­ral tan­ta­li­zing de­li­ca­cies Ca­stel­lo. Cam­po San­ta Ma­ri­na. T: 041 5230017. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 or 2 (Rialto stop).

Pa­stic­ce­ria Ro­sa Sal­va - This in­sti­tu­tion has th­ree se­pa­ra­te shops in Ve­ni­ce. The fir­st is in San Mar­coCal­le Fiu­be­ra: its hi­sto­ric hea­d­quar­ters, per­mea­ted by the aro­mas of its near­by pa­stry kit­chen. The next is in San Mar­co-Mer­ce­rie: ape­ri­ti­vi and quick snacks that can be en­joyed in bet­ween bro­w­sing the shops li­ning le Mer­ce­rie, the shop­ping street that con­nec­ts the Rialto to St. Mark's Squa­re. The la­st is in Cam­po San­ti Gio­van­ni e Pao­lo.­sa­sal­ San Mar­co (Cal­le Fiu­be­ra), T: 041 5210544. San Mar­co (Mer­ce­rie), T: 041 5227934. Ca­stel­lo (Cam­po San Gio­van­ni e Pao­lo), T: 041 5227949. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 or 2 (Rialto stop).

Riz­zar­di­ni - Sin­ce 1742, the tra­di­tio­nal sweet trea­ts sold at this pa­stry shop ha­ve temp­ted the pa­la­tes of Ve­ne­tian lo­cals and vi­si­tors ali­ke, thanks to the hi­gh qua­li­ty of its pro­duc­ts, its at­mo­sphe­re and eye-cat­ching win­dow di­splays. Mu­st-try's in­clu­de its bi­scui­ts and, at Car­ni­val, its ut­ter­ly de­lec­ta­ble ‘fri­to­le' , small fried dou­gh­nu­ts. San Po­lo, 1415. T: 041 5223835. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 (Rialto Mer­ca­to or San Sil­ve­stro stop).

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