Top Choice Glass in Dorsoduro

Marina e Susanna Sent

Wearable waterfalls and soap-bubble necklaces are Venice style signatures, thanks to the Murano-born Sent sisters. Defying centuries-old beliefs that women can't handle molten glass, their minimalist art-glass state…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Dorsoduro

Paolo Olbi

Thoughts worth committing to paper deserve Paolo Olbi’s keepsake books, albums and stationery, whose fans include Hollywood actors and NYC mayors (ask to see the guestbook). Ordinary journals can't compare to Olbi o…
Top Choice Clothing in Cannaregio

Nicolao Atelier

If you're wondering where Cinderella goes to find the perfect ball gown or Prince Charming his tights, look no further than this fairytale wonderland. An exquisite handmade Carnevale outfit will set you back €250 to…
Top Choice Department Store in Cannaregio


It's glitzy neighbour, Fondaco dei Tedeschi, gets all the attention these days but non-oligarchs will find Coin much more accessible. It's expensive but not stupidly so (especially during the legendary sales), and t…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands


Nason Moretti have 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 range of hand-…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Murano, Burano & the Northern Islands

Cesare Toffolo

Mind-boggling miniatures are the trademarks of this Murano glass-blower, but you’ll also find some dramatic departures: chiselled cobalt-blue vases, glossy black candlesticks that look like minarets, and drinking gl…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Cannaregio

Ca' Macana Atelier

Resist buying inferior mass-produced Carnevale masks until you've checked out the traditionally made papier-mâché and leather masks at this long-established shop, with a workshop right at its heart. The steampunk ra…
Top Choice Vintage in San Marco

L'Armadio di Coco Luxury Vintage

Jam-packed with pre-loved designer treasures from yesteryear, this tiny shop is the place to come for classic Chanel dresses, exquisite cashmere coats and limited-edition Gucci shoulder bags.
Shoes in San Polo & Santa Croce


Paris, London, Venice: Gabriele Gmeiner honed her shoemaking craft at Hermès and John Lobb, and today jet-setters fly to Venice just for her ultra-sleek Oxfords with hidden ‘bent’ seams and minutely hand-stiched bro…
Arts & Crafts in Dorsoduro

Ca’ Macana

Glimpse the talents behind the Venetian Carnevale masks that impressed Stanley Kubrick so much he ordered several for his final film Eyes Wide Shut. Choose your papier-mâché persona from the selection of coquettish …