Famous all around the globe, the name Hard Rock Cafe is an epitome of everything that is American. This successful cafe chain has locations around the world but very few would be lucky enough to enjoy a location as beautiful as the one at Bacino Orseolo. Over looking gondolas coming in and going out of the neighboring canal; the Hard Rock Cafe gives you America with a romantic touch of Venice. The cafe is a bit small inside but has comfortable seating spaces and some seating is also available on an elevated floor. Surrounded by rock memorabilia, this is a must-visit place for fans of rock music and connoisseurs of delicious burgers. Enjoy carefully-crafted cocktails, freshly-poured beers and then step out and go for a gondola ride, it is all possible here at Hard Rock Cafe at Bacino Orseolo.
Craving to delight your palate with some delicious and creamy Gelato? Head to Strada Nuova and enter the little ice cream parlor called Grom. The place is always buzzing with patrons of all ages; locals and tourists alike, waiting to gorge the delectable Gelato. The have a plethora of flavors for you to choose from and the menu has something for everyone. Their scoops are heavy on appetite and prices are lighter on your budget. Grom is a must-visit ice cream parlor after a long of devouring savory dishes in the city.
Bar la Toletta is located at the extension of Fondamenta della Toletta on Calle Toletta and is hard to miss because of the gorgeous display of enticing sandwiches. This is an excellent lunch spot where you can fill yourself to the brim before heading out on an excursion through Dorsoduro. Their open window has displays paninis, pasta and pizza and these will beckon you inside the cozy eatery. Try some of their refreshing coffee or latte after your meal and do not leave without digging into the traditional Torta Della Nonna (Grandma’s Tart).
Bottega del Caffè Dersut has many outlets throughout the city, the one at Campo dei Frari is perfect if you wish to grab a breakfast before heading out on an excursion through the beautiful city of Venice. From strong Americanao, creamy Cappuccinos, lattes to conventional coffees and more; this is place to indulge in your morning dose of caffeine. Food menu includes scrumptious sandwiches, cream-filled scones, savory slices of pizzas, croissants, etc. The cafe also serves soy milk and freshly-squeezed fruit juices.
Venice is filled with places where you can drink wine, eat pastas and make merry but for health conscious travelers who are visiting the city of canals, Frulala comes as a welcome break. The place serves delicious smoothies and juices made from only freshest fruits. The juice bar is open till wee hours of the night on Saturdays and entertains those who are looking to detox their anatomy after a long day of fast food and strong drinks. You can also visit them in the mornings and grab your dose of healthy fruit juices before heading out on an excursion through the city. Ideal for people of all ages, Frulala is delightfully refreshing and healthy.
Gelateria Nico will prove to be a heaven for anyone who has a sweet tooth. Located overlooking the pristine ocean on Fondamenta Zattere this wonderful gelateria has been delighting patrons, big and small; locals as well as tourists. They have an assortment of flavors for you to choose from, their scoops are generous and prices are affordable. Complement your ice cream with a waffle cone or take it out in a cup, sit by the ocean and devour it without guilt. In addition to ice creams the place serves baked goods, coffee and Italian desserts.
Walking through Calle Larga Larga San Marco the aromas of virgin olive oil will beckon you inside this gorgeous restaurant called Birreria Pedavena. Named after the famous beer from the Province of Belluno, this restaurant does justice to its name. The place has an impressive number of domestic and international beers on tap thereby offering something for every taste. The place is a heaven if you wish to indulge into authentic Venetian food at reasonable costs. Their must-try dishes are Selezione di Formaggi and Piatto di Affettati Misti which complement perfectly with drinks, Risotto di Pesce, Insalata di Mare and Spaghetti alla Scogliera are perfect as main dishes. The restaurant is warm and very welcoming; perfect for an evening meal with friends.
Al Colombo Ristorante has been delighting patrons since the 18th Century. Owner, Alessandro Stanziani is responsible for their creative menu which is filled with delicious varieties of Antipastis, first courses as well as main dishes. Everything on the menu is cooked to perfection with the use of freshest possible ingredients. Food can be enjoyed at the comfortable seating inside the restaurant but during summers the gorgeous patio creates a wonderful ambiance for a meal. Seafood dishes come highly recommended at Al Colombo Ristorante. Their portions are generous but do keep some room for their heavenly dessert and coffee after the meal.
Pizzeria Alla Strega is a quirky little pizza place tucked away inside the Barbaria de le Tole far from the tourists. The place is warm and welcoming and has an assortment of pizzas for you to choose from; flavorful, thin crust and light sauces graces all of their preparations. In addition to pizzas, the place serves delectable pasta dishes as well as soups and salads. If you are trying something apart from pizzas go for their seafood infused dishes, these come highly recommended. Wash down your food with some chilled beer or a glass of smooth wine. Sit at their extended patio and watch the world pass by.