People might look at me in a strange way when I say this but Venice is my favourite place in the world. And La Biennale di Venezia is a good excuse to come here every two years. The main squares are cramped with tourists and slow ferries can test your patience but once you have an ice cold Campari spritz in your hand, you’ll forget about all that. I listed my favourite places here and hope you’ll love them as much as I do.
Bar All’Arco – Best cicheti place in town, lunchtime only.
Al Mercà – Very small bacaro next to Rialto market.
Cantine del Vino già Schiavi – Wine bar serving a big selection of cicheti.
Bar La Palanca, Guidecca – This one holds a special place in my heart.Worth the boat ride to La Guidecca and perfect for a sundowner aperitivo.
Caffe Rosso, Campo Santa Margherita – Bohemian bar with lots of seatings on a big square. Good tramezzini, open from early till late.
Harry’s Bar – The legendary bar famous for it’s Bellinis, always packed but still worth going (once). Men need to wear long pants.
Pasticceria Tonolo – Lovely pasticceria.
Premiata Pasticceria F.lli Rizzardini – Another lovely pasticceria.
Trattoria Antiche Carampane – My favourite restaurant. A few seats outside but you should go inside since it’s so nice. Book in advance.
Corte Sconta – Super good restaurant with beautiful courtyard.
Osteria Ai 4 Feri – Cosy, wooden osteria.
Punta Della Dogana/Palazzo Grassi – Homes to the Pinault collection. Punta della Dogana was stunningly restorated by Tadao Ando.
Fondazione Prada – The first of the two Prada Foundations, Milan followed a couple of years later. Always good programming, especially during La Biennale.