The Essential Venice Shopping Guide 2018


Although Naturally Epicurean focuses mainly on food, I often get asked for all sorts of travelling and shopping advice, so I decided to draft an Essential Venice Guide and share a shortlist with my favourite homeware, clothing, flower and book shops in Venice.

With regard to food, for a comprehensive list of places, please refer to My Venice Food Guide (updated last week) and for all the individual restaurant reviews visit my Venetian Wanderings page. In this post, I decided to include only what I consider quintessential must have experiences. I also created an online pinpointed map where finding all the mentioned places will be extremely easy! For the printable pdf, which includes the general map and the food & shopping guides, please subscribe to the newsletter.

The post is rather long, thus I tried to limit the number of images. Still, I hope they will entice you to come over and follow along!

1. SHOPPING

- HOMEWARES

Essential Venice Italy Food & Shopping Guide

Atelier Daniela Levera (website) | Castello - Fondamenta Sant'Anna 998

Beautiful new shop in Castello where you can find ceramic, porcelain and wooden objects for the house and also contemporary glass jewellery. The shop is co-managed by Daniela, the ceramist, and Alessandra Gardin, the glass artist. I'm particularly fond of this shop, small but with a comforting and warm atmosphere. I have already bought quite a few pieces by Daniela, characterised by a homey yet sophisticated feel. Highly recommended.

Ai Bochaleri (website) | Castello - Viale Garibaldi 1257

Open only on Saturdays and Sundays - Ai Bochaleri is the association of local ceramists. Located in Viale Garibaldi in Castello, at the weekend from 10 am to 5 pm it's possible to wander around their garden and look at the different productions. It's also possible to find some of their pieces in other shops in Venice, the most recognisable of which is probably the collection by Giuliana Rolli with painted stylised cats, gondolas and moons. Lovely place with a lovely atmosphere!

Atelier Alessandro Merlin (website) | Castello - Calle del Pestrin 3876

Alessandro's ceramics have definitely a very unique and recognisable style. From small bowls and cups to larger serving dishes, his production is at the same time witty, imaginative and minimalist. Every piece is hand decorated with stylised animals, lagoon fish like crabs, squids, octopus and more, and human bodies and body parts. Personally, I'm particularly fond of the small bowls with stylised crabs, which I have often bought as gift for my friends.

Chimera (website) | Castello 3459

The person behind this ceramic shop is called Ilaria, a brilliant ceramist with a very feminine and elegantly warm style. Bowls, dishes and cups are all hand painted and decorated both with abstract and figurative figures. Her work is characterised by bright, lively colours and a positive energy. To the lagoon, she dedicated the series of ceramics called Lagoon and the colourful prints and bookmarks depicting facades of venetian palazzos, monuments and scenes.

DinamoManufatti (website) | San Polo 2599/a

Tiny shop full of beautiful home design objects. Here you will find ceramic bowls, trays and cups, hand-decorated kitchen towels, wooden spoons with fancy shapes and wooden cutting boards and objects. The two sisters that manage the store gather the works of different local artisans and choosing what to bring home always reveals a daunting task. I love every single piece, here you can also find some ceramics made by the above mentioned Giuliana Rolli, while most wooden boards are produced by VUD, the lab I visited in Trieste. Simply lovely.

Madera (website) | Dorsoduro, Campo San Barnaba 2762

Absolutely gorgeous contemporary home design and jewellery shop. On the pricey side, but worth it. Here you will find objects for the kitchen (among which some ceramic bowls made by the above mentioned VUD), and jewellery and clothing items with a minimalist yet fancy style.

Lord Francisca | San Polo 3123

Lovely shop with many different things for the house, from tables and chairs, to stools, fabrics, cups, bowls and more. I'm particularly fond of their bowls sets in Japanese style and the teapots.

Danghyra (website) | Dorsoduro 3220

Gorgeous shop with a wide range of ceramic cups, bowls, vases and other objects created by Dangirute Raceviciute. Her creations stand out for their elegance, the bright and shiny effects and the wide use of gold.

Ceramiche Artistiche - Rigattieri Liliana (map) | San Marco 3535

This artistic ceramics shop has been open since I was a little child and I still remember going there with my mum. Incredible how years later I find myself doing the same thing! The lady is so kind and patient that it is always a pleasure to stop by. The most notable collections are the ones with decorations of fruits, greens, fish and mollusks, while my favourite one is the '700 Veneziano, simple, elegant and really timeless. All ceramics are made in Bassano del Grappa.

Kanz (website) | Dorsoduro, Calle Avogaria 1621/a

Elegant showroom of some of the works created by the architects members of the Kanz studio, founded in Venice in 2014 by Antonella Maione and Mauro Cazzaro. Here you will find minimalist and refined objects for the house that range from teapots, cups and glasses to fancy chairs and mirrors.

Domus (website) - Mainly for us locals! | San Marco 4296

This is where most local restaurants and hotel purchase their tableware sets, in fact it's ideal if you need to buy a lot of things for the house or a complete serie of dishes. Here you will find almost everything and for every taste and pocket. It's excellent also for pots, pans, cutlery, special kitchen knifes, cutlers and baskets.

- OTHER SHOPS I LIKE

Essential Venice Italy Food & Shopping Guide

Codex (website) | Cannaregio - Fondamenta degli Ormesini 2799

Cute little shop showcasing the works of Nelson Kishi, known especially for his aerial drawings of Venice, and Robin Food, whose paintings realised with the Ukiyo technique are absolutely stunning.

Il Forcolaio Matto (website) | Canneregio - Calle dell'Oca 4231

Interesting lab specialised in the production of oars for gondolas and other boats, here it's possible to buy wooden jewellery and small decorative oar sculptures.

Plum Plum Creations by Arianna(website) | Canneregio - Fondamenta degli Ormesini 2681

One of the best places if you are looking for artistic prints, etchings, watercolours and linocuts.

Il Pavone | San Polo, Campiello dei Meloni 1478

Cosy bindery shop with lab attached where it's possible to find beautiful diaries, pencils, bookmarks, prints, scarves and more. I particularly appreciate the series of special diaries (recipes, wine, books, etc.), which always make a great gift.

Venetian Dreams (website) | San Marco, Calle de la Mandola 3805/a

Whenever I want to make a beautiful gift from Venice to my girlfriends, I opt for Marisa's pieces. She is what in Venice is called 'impiraressa', meaning bead stringer, thus she threads glass beads and creates elegant and unique jewellery. Highly recommend stopping by!

Fratelli Attombri (website) | San Polo, Sottoportico degli Oresi

Two brothers, Stefano and Daniele, who re-interpret the traditional bead-threading technique in a modern a key, with a minimalist design and the use of mixed media. Absolutely fantastic.

- CLOTHING