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Top 5 Places to Eat & Drink in Venice

Learn about the top five places to eat and drink in Venice, Italy in this Howcast travel video.


Venice is a bit infamous for having restaurants with overpriced mediocre food, but don’t worry–there’s plenty of good eating if you know where to look. For expertly prepared traditional Venetian food in an elegant setting, it doesn’t get much better than Vini da Gigio. The menu changes according to what’s available in the market, so you can count on a truly local meal. You’ll also find fresh food at Antico Dolo, which is an old standby for Venetian seafood dishes. For something a little more casual, have a drink or light meal at Caffe Florian, which has been around since 1720 and has attracted such worldly patrons as Charles Dickens and Lord Byron in its time. Harry’s Bar hasn’t been around for quite as long, but it’s old and good enough that Ernest Hemingway and Charlie Chaplin were once fans. It also happens to be where the Bellini was invented, so be sure to try one while you're there. For sweets, you can’t go wrong with Pasticceria Rosa Salva, one of the city’s oldest pastry shops–the cakes and candies have stood the test of time. If all else fails, buy food straight from one of the markets, like the one in the Rialto district, and get in some people-watching while you picnic. You won’t go hungry in Venice.

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