10 Best Shops & Markets in Venice
1. Rialto Market • San Polo
This landmark open-air market has been operating on the same site for almost 1000 (since 1097 A.D.) and consists of two sections, the pescaria (seafood market) and the erberia (fruit and vegetable market). The original market building burned down in the early 16th century and was replaced by a neo-Gothic pavilion in the 17th century that still stands today. The full market is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from about 7:30 a.m. to about 1:00 p.m.; on Mondays only the produce market is open. Arrive close to opening time to see the fishermen arriving on their boats to sell fish, eel, octopus, and more to the market vendors.
2. Atelier Marega • San Polo
Map • +39 041 717966
Extravagant, handmade Carnival masks following centuries-old Venetian traditions in historic and contemporary styles. On offer are also hand-sewn costumes, fashion replicas of 18th and 19th-century clothing for men and women. The shop also offers mask-making and painting workshops.
Map • +39 041 314 2000
Luxury mall spread over four floors if a grand, Italian Renaissance building. Fondaco dei Tedeschi is filled with Italian and international brand shops plus a swanky bar on its ground floor. The mall is most popular for its panoramic rooftop terrace with views over the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge.
4. Aliani Casa del Parmigiano • San Polo
Map • +39 041 520 6525
Family-owned gourmet standby specializing in cheeses and cured meats, plus a wide range of local wines, vinegar, olive oil, and truffle products. High-quality food and friendly faces.
5. Il Grifone • Santa Croce
Map • +39 041 522 9452
Traditional leather workshop selling high-quality, completely handmade bags, purses, and accessories made by veteran artisan Toni Peressin. All leather is sourced from traditional tanneries in Veneto and Tuscany and is supremely soft to the touch.
6. Feelin’ Venice • Cannaregio
Not your typical souvenir shop, Feelin’ Venice is a design-forward boutique owned by locals and featuring shirts, totes, stationery, and more all featuring graphic art mace by Venetian artists. Two locations: the flagship store in Cannaregio and the new store in San Marco.
7. Vintageria Venezia • Santa Croce
Map • +39 348 825 6711
Well-curated selection of vintage clothing and accessories for men and women, featuring a mix of Italian designer labels (Armani, Gucci, Prada, Fendi) with international luxury brands (Chanel, Burberry), as well as mid-priced labels, mostly from the ’70s through ’90s.
8. Barena Venice Store • San Marco
Map • +39 041 523 8457
A small, family-owned fashion house since 1961, Barena Venezia offers sartorial style garments with an emphasis on craftsmanship, natural fibers, comfort, and elegant simplicity. Originally a menswear brand, Barena now offers womenswear with the same Venetian soul.
9. I Tre Mercante • Castello
Map • +39 041 522 2901
Gourmet grocer best known for their fresh tiramisu with 25 flavors made every hour in the window. The upmarket shop stocks a variety of regional Italian wines, about 100 different pasta sauces, cured meats and cheeses, truffles, and an ever-changing selection of seasonal ingredients.
10. Linea d’Acqua • San Marco
Map • +39 041 522 4030
A hidden treasure of a bookstore, specializing in antique and rare books, along with antique engravings, maps of Venice by Venetian old masters, and contemporary oil paintings of the city’s landmarks and views.
11. Vladì Venice Shoes • Cannaregio
Map • +39 041 244 0084
Handmade, women’s shoes that are both comfortable and whimsical. The collection includes ankle boots, strappy sandals, sneakers, and more with bold colors and dramatic details, much like the city of Venice itself.