With its iconic canals, beautiful sunsets and sumptuous cuisine, Venice is the dream destination for many. But in a city widely touted as one of the most expensive in the world, how can you find that Italian flavour without paying top dollar? Read our list below for some of the city’s best cheap eats.
Aperitivo at Tavarna Al Remer
Tavarna Al Remer
This vaulted brick building on the edge of the Grand canal is a favourite with locals in the know. It is the purveyor of the best aperitivo in town, meaning you pay for one drink and get free access to a buffet of delicious home cooked Italian delicacies. From past, to pizza, to fresh meats and cheeses, it doesn’t disappoint. Drinks start at €5.
Open 12pm -12am
Sestiere Cannaregio, 5701, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
Osteria Al Squero
As one of Venice’s premiere Osteria’s, this gem is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. The art-deco counter is adorned with Cichietti, little bites of flavour that start at just €1 each. From the simple pesto and tomato, to richer flavours with complex ingredients, these are best paired with a glass of white or an Aperol Spritz. Take your plate piled high out into the street to sit by the canal in the evening sun.
Opens 11am – 9.30pm
Dorsoduro, 943-944, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy
Just like home, with an Italian touch- Devils Forest Pub
Devils Forest Pub
Self labelled the oldest pub in Venice, this free house has been going strong since 1991. If you are feeling like you miss home then head to the Devil’s Forest pub for drinks and pub grub. here you will find craft beers, cocktails and Italian wines. The menu of pub grub is suitably filling, while there are some Italian classics there too.
Open 11am – 12am
San Marco, Calle Stagneri 5185 – 30124 Venezia
Trattoria Alla Rampa
This little bar serves some of Venice’s heartiest lunches and is a favourite with locals in the know. It hasn’t changed in decades and is perfect if you want to avoid the tourist traps. Serving up tuna steak pasta and classic tiramisu, it is a authentic Venetian food at its best. It can get busy at lunch time so go early!
Lunch only, closed Sunday.
Castello, 1135 Venice
Vegan Venice at La Spighe Cucina
La Spighe Cucina
Using healthy, organic ingredients, this vegan restaurant is a breath of fresh air. Everything is cooked fresh in the morning and menu’s change daily. It is buffet style and the plates are weighed. Salads and grains are plentiful, with a wide selection of flavours to choose from. Try a chocolate muffin – they are to die for. A plate full can be as little as €10.
Open 10.30am-2.30pm and 5.30pm-7.30pm, closed Sunday.
castello Via Garibaldi 1341
30122 Venice, Italy
The Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge
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