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Date: 2019-11-03

Venice is a real pleasure for shoppers, as long as you know where to look. 

Santa Croce
A fine illustration of how a vintage store should seem, the Bisnonni Clothing Vintage Parlor will take you slightly off the beaten track to one of Venice's quieter districts. Owner Paolo has masterfully curated a choice of products for both men and women, ranging from classic military field coats and Levi's jeans to Gucci loafers and Burberry trench coats.

San Marco
Every visitor to Venice will locate themselves in San Marco at a certain stage. To witness firsthand the artistry that goes into crafting classic handmade shoes seek out the quaint Atelier Segalin di Daniela Ghezzo. Ghezzo served her apprenticeship under the amazing"Cobbler of Venice", the overdue Rolando Segalin. Expect to pay upwards of $650

Shoes at BallereTTe 

Newly opened BallereTTe, on the primary thoroughfare linking San Marco and Canareggio, is a homage to women's sneakers in countless styles and shades -- everything out of leopardskin ballet pumps to suede moccasins. No matter your attitude or persuasion, you'll find it all here. Prices from $75-$150.

Fondaco dei Tedeschi

Arguably the most beautiful department store on the planet,  Fondaco dei Tedeschi started to gain significant acclaim in 2017. Its"palazzo meets New York loft" interior features an atrium of cascading balconies that showcase the best in haute couture. Admire the Grand Canal from the rooftop terrace, or sip a cocktail in Amo's pub.

Libreria Acqua Alta

Resigned to the occurrence of high water caused by tidal peaks at the Adriatic, Libreria Acqua Alta has resorted to storing its books in bathtubs, ships and even a full-sized gondola! With its eclectic, ramshackle vibe, it could be straight from a Harry Potter film.


Venice has an extraordinary proliferation of cutting-edge optical shops, with a particular penchant for foldable specs. L'Altraottica specializes in premium eyewear, offering a selection of the best European, American and Japanese brands. It also designs and creates its own eyeglasses, inorganic materials such as bamboo and wood.

J Pajetta

For more affordable options, visit J Pajetta were greatly discounted past-season eyeglasses are displayed in legendary Emmental-cheese-like shelves.

Tabarro San Marco di Monica Daniele

For over 20 years that the inimitable Monica Daniele at Tabarro San Marco di Monica Daniele has recovered exactly what she calls the missing styles of Venetian tailoring inside her Tabari (traditional Venetian cloaks) fashioned from merino wool or cashmere (often seen draped on the tuxedos of European diplomats.) She is also famous for her chocolate-box variety of hats. The iconic Tricorno Veneziano (the Venetian tricorn, modeled by her husband Albert Gardin

L'Arte di Casanova

The Rialto Bridge is the most famous sight along the Grand Canal at San Polo. At the base of the bridge measures, L'Arte di Casanova has floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase beautiful examples of Murano glass from inside its gallery-esque inside. Technicolored glass-blown balloons cascade gracefully across its façade, reeling you for closer inspection. Inside, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, rings and earrings designed by Massimo De Rossi complete the image. The small balloons begin at $25

Gianni Basso Stampatore

If you are carrying the Vaporetto to the island of Burano odds are you'll skirt Gianni Basso Stampatore, an old-school printer and enthusiastic exponent of the Gutenberg press, located on a side road off the Fondamente Nove. Barack Obama, Hugh Grant, and Ben Affleck are among those people who have stopped by for personalized correspondence cards, from this Smythson of yesteryear.


Dorsoduro includes the maximum land areas of the city as well as Giudecca island and Isola Sacca Fisola. Conversations will run long into the night if you request a Venetian recommend their favorite gelato but my allegiance is with Grom, with a couple of ice cream parlors dotted around the city. If you're as sweet-toothed as I'm, don't miss their sublime coupling of chocolate paired with coconut. Take a pew canalside close to the fruit and vegetable barge, and people see as you enjoy the flavor.