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Top Choice Design in Cannaregio

Feelin' Venice

Tired of bemoaning the increasing number of tatty souvenir shops, Venetians Mattia and Filippo decided to open a design-led alternative featuring the work of local graphic artists. Their cool, contemporary designs a…
Top Choice Books in San Marco

Libreria Linea d'Acqua

This beautiful store selling antiquarian books, first editions, maps, sculptures and engravings is much more than a shop: it's a guardian of Venice’s soul. Owner Luca Zentilini is a scholar and artist, preserving bo…
Top Choice Homewares in San Marco

Chiarastella Cattana

Transform any home with these locally woven, strikingly original Venetian linens. Whimsical cushions feature chubby purple rhinoceroses and grumpy scarlet elephants straight out of Pietro Longhi paintings, and hand-…
Top Choice Clothing in San Marco

Barena

This internationally recognised Venetian brand has been turning out timelessly classic clothes and coats since 1961. Named after the sandbanks that dot the lagoon, it specialises in comfortable leisurewear in a rang…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Cannaregio

La Stamperia del Ghetto

Keep your eyes peeled for Enzo Aboaf’s wonderful Ghetto gallery filled with rare original copperplate prints and etchings of the Ghetto and Venice. In among them is a stash of Emanuele 'Lele' Luzzati’s highly collec…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in San Polo & Santa Croce

Process Collettivo

A nonprofit cooperative runs this little shop, selling goods made by inmates of Venice's prisons as part of a social reintegration program. The toiletries are made from plants grown in the garden of the women's pris…
Top Choice Homewares in Castello

Atelier Alessandro Merlin

Enjoy your breakfast in the nude, on a horse or atop a jellyfish – Alessandro Merlin paints them all on striking black and white cappuccino cups and saucers. Homoerotic-art lovers will recognise the influence of Tom…
Top Choice Books in Bassano del Grappa

Libreria Palazzo Roberti

This gorgeous bookshop, housed in an 18th-century noble palace, is one of the most beautiful in Italy, if not the world. Owned by the three Manfrotto sisters, its beautiful walnut shelves are crammed with well-curat…
Top Choice Glass in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

ElleElle

Nason Moretti has been making modernist magic happen in glass since the 1950s, and the third-generation glass designers are in fine form in this showroom. Everything is signed, including an exquisite (and expensive)…
Top Choice Glass in Cannaregio

Vittorio Costantini

Kids and adults alike are thrilled at the magical, miniature insects, butterflies, shells and birds that Vittorio Costantini fashions out of glass using a lampwork technique. Some of the iridescent beetles have bodi…