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Top Choice Jewish Site in Cannaregio

The Ghetto

In medieval times this part of Cannaregio housed a getto (foundry). But it was as the designated Jewish quarter from the 16th to 19th centuries that the word acquired a whole new meaning. In accordance with the Vene…
Top Choice Church in Cannaregio

Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli

When Nicolò di Pietro’s Madonna icon started miraculously weeping in its outdoor shrine around 1480, crowd control became impossible. With public fundraising and marble scavenged from San Marco slag-heaps, this magn…
Top Choice Church in Cannaregio

Chiesa della Madonna dell’Orto

This elegantly spare 1365 brick Gothic church remains one of Venice's best-kept secrets. It was the parish church of Venetian Renaissance painter Tintoretto (1518–94), who filled the church with his paintings and is…
Top Choice Bakery in Cannaregio

Pasticceria Dal Mas

Our favourite Venetian bakery-cafe sparkles with mirrors, marble and metal trim, providing a fitting casket for the precious pastries displayed within. Despite the perpetual morning crush, the efficient team dispens…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Cannaregio

Vino Vero

Lining the exposed-brick walls of this superior wine bar are interesting small-production wines, including a great selection of natural and biodynamic labels. However it's the cicheti that really lifts this place be…
Top Choice Cafe in Cannaregio

Torrefazione Cannaregio

Venetians can't catch a train without a pit stop at this aromatic shopfront lined with brass-knobbed coffee bins. Since 1930, Venice's Marchi family has been importing speciality beans, roasted fresh daily in a wash…
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 Pub in Cannaregio

Il Santo Bevitore

San Marco has its glittering cathedral, but beer lovers prefer pilgrimages to this shrine of the ‘Holy Drinker’ for 20 brews on tap, including Trappist ales and seasonal stouts – alongside a big range of specialty g…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Cannaregio

Timon

Find a spot in the wood-lined interior or, in summer, on the boat moored out front along the canal and watch the motley parade of drinkers and dreamers arrive for seafood crostini (open-face sandwiches) and quality …
Top Choice Department Store in Cannaregio

Coin

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…