Must-see shopping in Venice

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    Aqua Altra

    Globally oriented but with Italian tastes firmly in mind, this volunteer-run fair-trade co-op sells Vietnamese bamboo steamers, single-origin drinking…

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    Attached to a graphic-design studio and editorial consultancy, Bruno is one of the most innovative art and design bookshops in Venice. It produces…

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    Libreria Acqua Alta

    Precarious stacks of books appear in constant danger of collapse at this wonderfully ragtag secondhand bookshop. Some books are displayed in a gondola –…

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    Mercatino dell'Antiquariato

    A much-loved antiques flea market held several weekends a year; check the website for dates. Head in early for the best finds, among them vintage Campari…

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    Papuni Art

    Venice artisan Ninfa Salerno gives staid pearl strands a sense of humour with bouncy black rubber, weaves fuchsia rubber discs into glowing UFO necklaces,…

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    Le Botteghe della Solidarietà

    Italian design sensibilities meet Venetian trading smarts at this fair-trade boutique on the steps of the Rialto. It sells everything from organic…

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    La Toletta

    Whether you're after a Venice-set Donna Leon detective novel or a hefty tome on Venetian history or art, this large bookshop stocks a solid range of…

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    Lo Spazio 2091

    This store sells women's clothing in luxury natural fabrics from Italian fashion labels you can't find elsewhere in the city. There's also a small range…

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    Call in for top-notch artisanal chocolate, regional wine, speciality Veneto grappa and other gourmet temptations, including aged balsamic vinegar and…

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    Even pulp fiction becomes high art at Charta, where favourite books are custom-bound in bespoke covers. Customised titles run into the hundreds of euros.

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    De Spar Teatro Italia

    In Venice even the supermarkets are beautiful! Try not to be distracted by the painted ceilings and marbled walls while you hunt for milk and tea bags.