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This is one of Venice's best restaurants and bars, and for good reasons. Saying that the service is excellent is an understatement and the menu features only the freshest and best quality ingredients. The space is somewhat small and cosy, and so, reservations are highly recommended. Harry's comes with a long, rich and interesting history. It is not only the birthplace of iconic cocktails like Bellini and Capriccio but it's also where legendary stars once dined and made merry, this long list includes big names Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin, Truman Capote, Peggy Guggenheim and Alfred Hitchcock, to name a few. Needless to say, Harry's Bar in San Marco makes for an interesting visit.
The very glamorous and modernly designed Centrale Restaurant Lounge is placed close to Teatro La Fenice and stays open late, which seldom happens in Venice. Centrale is a place for sipping aperitifs, relaxing on designers sofas, and dining by candlelight, all while listening to the soft music playing in the background. The menu offers both meat and fish and seafood preparations cooked in the traditional Venetian style. Centrale also feature frequent live jazz performances.
This pleasant restaurant is located on Calle dei Fuseri, in San Marco the district. With its rustic, friendly atmosphere, Da Ivo wins a lot of hearts. Usually abuzz with regular patrons, the place receives some famous friends the owner has made since Da Ivo's inception in the 70s! This list includes Robbie Williams, Michele and Mona Solomon, and Damien Hirst, to name a few. Needless to say, this place is quite the local hit, it's best to reserve your seats. The fish dishes are excellent, as is the wine list. You should try the crab, penne alla paesana, and the prosecco wine. Perhaps, the prices are a bit high, but the service is unbeatable and the offerings are truly sublime; no room for complaints here.
Antico Caffé Martini is a dining destination like no other, near Piazza San Marco, a few steps away from Teatro la Fenice. A lot of its costumers here are the theater's patrons who've come to catch a bite and a drink, before or after the show. Romantic duets entertain diners as they eat, the lovely outdoor patio makes for a romantic date spot. The service is excellent and the cuisine is typically Venetian with a nod towards traditional fish and seafood preparations. A wide selection of local and non-local wine is on offer as well, these couple well with the delightful offerings at Antico Caffé Martini. With a history that begins in the 1720s, Martini's has a lot to offer, whether you're a lover of arts, history, music, food and wine.
To experience how the affluent live, pay a visit to the Hotel Gritti Palace. With the Grand Canal providing a perfect romantic setting, and a look at the imposing dome, you get a fair idea of what to expect inside. The lobby with its mile high ceilings adorned with huge chandeliers, invites you into the lap of luxury. The plush rooms with lovely paintings, rich draperies, and all the modern conveniences offer a wonderful mix of old and new. The Club del Doge restaurant not only offers world class cuisine but also gives an enchanting view of the grand canal. Built in 1525, it served as residence to the Doge of Venice. Some of its most esteemed guests have included the British Royal family, Princes of Monaco, and Hollywood Stars. Ernest Hemingway went a step further and termed it the best hotel in Venice (he also has a suite of the hotel dedicated to him).
Trattoria Antiche Carapane invites you to a treat of "distinguished Venetian cuisine" in a small and snug setting. Located in the heart of Venice, this place is frequented by politicians and movie stars who need a break from their hectic schedules. Their menu comprises an eclectic range of Venetian preparations and delectable seafood. Try Cassopipa: spaghetti with a spicy shellfish sauce and order for wine to go along with it. Alfresco dining at their lovely outdoor terrace adds another dimension especially during the nights.
Hotel Cipriani is world famous for its excellent service. Every corner of this ultra-luxurious hotel oozes sophistication and panache. The location is their unique proposition giving the hotel an edge above most of the boutique hotels in the city. On one side it overlooks Piazza San Marco, and the view is truly magnificent. On the other side it faces its own private, lush green garden which is graced with exotic flowers and the turquoise ocean greets the entrance of the hotel. Every room of Hotel Cipriani is made to look like a king's bedroom with utmost attention paid to the smallest of aspects like; quality and texture of linens used on the beds to fabrics used in the curtains. Unique offerings such as a heated seawater swimming pool, a wellness center and a glamorous restaurant, work towards providing guests with a multi-sensory experience.
Crowded with young patrons and located close to the Cà Foscari campus of Venice's University, not far from the Galleria dell'Accademia, Piccolo Mondo or 'El Souk' attracts many students. Featuring hippest DJs and open till late, it makes for a good place to dance the night away. As the name suggests, the interior is arabesque, with lots of low lighting. There are theme nights, like, 80s night and Latin American night when the place takes on a new life. The students seem to enjoy whatever is put on. There is no entry fee and it is one of the very few places in Venice where it is possible to dance.