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If you wish to treat yourself to a lovely brunch in a sophisticated ambiance head to Caffè Florian. Opened in 1720 this quaint cafe has a long history of entertaining arts, culture and its adherents. It is easy to find, as it is located in the middle of the piazza, underneath the Museo Correr and the Museo Archeologico. More refined than other cafes; summer sees outside tables and live music; the interior decor here is sumptuous and delicate with utmost attention paid to graceful furnishings. Even their crockery is tasteful and refined. The cafe is known for their hearty brunches, coffee and of course delicious cakes. Here, food comes on your table looking like a piece of art. Taste the best Sacher Torte in the city: a legacy of the Austrian occupation.
It is indeed a pity if one visits Venice and doesn't get a chance to relish “gelato” or “Italian ice cream.” La Boutique del Gelato is a good eatery if you want to taste gelato in various flavors at inexpensive rates. Guests can relish thick and creamy gelato in flavors such as peanut, grapefruit, strawberry, pistachio, coconut and dark chocolate. However, the flavors vary with season so you can have only preparations made from fresh fruits leading to high quality of the ice creams. Whether you desire a simple vanilla ice cream garnished with nutella or a lavish peach sorbet preparation, their desserts are sure to delight both your palate and a parched throat. This hidden gem ice cream parlor is highly popular with both tourists and locals; so be patient to wait in a long queue before laying your hands on their delicious ice creams.
Rosa Salva is an ancient Venetian café where you can be seated on marble tables and relish classic Venetian coffee and desserts. It is a café and a pastry shop giving you two reasons to come and pay a visit. Locals consider Rosa as one of the best pâtisseries in town, probably because they sell pastries and biscuits, all home-made with care. Repeat customers usually indulge in Venetian biscuits such as baicoli cookies and zaletti biscuits, prepared with corn flour and raisins and served with a mug of hot chocolate. You can also choose among the varieties of their tramezzino (triangular sandwich) and panini for a quick breakfast. Do not miss their famous cappuccino, full of delicious flavors and aromas.
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.
Tucked away between the Campo Sant’Angelo and Campo Manin is a hidden gem called Al Vapperetto; an Italian restaurant, pizzeria as well as a lovely cafe. As you enter inside the restaurant the warm greetings of the lovely staff make you feel comfortable almost instantly. The place is small but has comfortable seating spaces and can easily accommodate parties and families. Made to look like an Italian home, every dish served here has a home made touch. Select from a variety of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, salads and soups, all the courses will only delight your palate. This is a perfect spot for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries as well as for having family gatherings.
There are many gelaterias and ice cream parlors in Venice but Alaska Gelateria-Sorbetteria stands out because it constantly enjoys reinventing and experimenting with new varieties. Infusing seasonal tastes into its ice creams, it boasts of gelatos prepared using fennel seeds, artichoke, basil, ginger and asparagus. Those who do not wish to be too adventurous can try ice creams in usual flavors like dark chocolate, pistachio nuts and hazelnut. This charming ice cream shop will no doubt delight both children and adults for its quaint interiors and novel experimentation methods.