Five foodie reasons to visit Venice
The Rialto food market
This famous food market has been running since 1097 and Venetians continue to depend upon it for their daily supplies of fresh fish, vegetables and fruit. Open every day from early morning until midday, it’s best to get there early and spend the morning taking a wander around the stalls, lapping up the smells, sampling the delicious local flavours and soaking up the buzzy atmosphere. A must-see for any food lover.
No trip to Venice would be complete without a visit to the legendary Harry’s Bar. Nestled in the centre of the city, right on the St Mark’s Bay waterfront, it’s the perfect place to savour a bellini and a plate of beef carpaccio – two Italian classics said to have been created right here by founder Guiseppe Cipriani.
Venetian wine bars
Scattered all over Venice, ‘bacari’ are local wine bars serving an array of wines by the glass alongside ‘cicchetti’ - bite-sized snacks and small plates of crostini topped with seafood, mozzarella, slivers of sirloin, anything you can imagine. Try the whipped salted cod served on polenta or the Polpette meatballs washed down with a crisp white wine. Delizioso!
Traditional pastry shops
If you have a sweet tooth, you are in for a treat. Venetian bakeries known as ‘pasticerria’ offer a huge assortment of melt-in-the-mouth pastries, biscuits, and buns and can be found on almost every single street. They say that tiramisu was invented here so to try the best, head to Tre Mercanti. This venetian gourmet food shop makes tiramisu fresh on the premises every day, with all sorts of tempting flavours to choose from like mango, passionfruit and pistachio. Yes, we tried them all.
The Met Restaurant at the Hotel Metropole
This Michelin star restaurant alone is enough of a reason to visit Venice. With the help of Matteo the Maitre’D and his wonderful team, choose from the traditional or contemporary three or five-course tasting menus and get ready to be seduced by traditional Venetian fare with a twist. We dined on one amazing dish after another: Spider crab salad with polenta, Blackened cod with sea foam, Spaghetti with Siberian caviar and, finally Sorrento lemon and apple strudel with vanilla cream. The endless explosion of flavours makes it impossible to refuse a mouthful, so you will quite likely have to be rolled out of the restaurant after this delectable experience.
Where to stay: Make it easy for yourself and check into a room at the sumptuous five-star Hotel Metropole. Located a stone’s throw from Piazza San Marco, the boutique hotel offers breath-taking views across the lagoon, luxurious accommodation and warm, attentive service. They even have their own private mooring allowing you to arrive directly from the airport by water taxi. Classic rooms from €225 per night.
How to get there : easyJet flies direct from Edinburgh to Venice from £36.