One of the most pleasurable moments in the Venetian day is the obligatory mid-morning coffee stop – especially when accompanied by an indulgent sweet treat. We’ve selected a few of our favourite pasticcerie serving some of the best coffee, cakes and pastries in town.
Tonolo, Calle dei Preti, Dorsoduro 3764: Situated in Dorsoduro not far from the Frari, Tonolo is a Venetian institution. It’s often crowded – but don’t be put off; head to the bar at the far end where coffee is served in delightful blue and white china crockery, and soak up the atmosphere as you devour one of their glistening glazed eclairs, velvety bignè al zabaione (marsala cream pastries) or signature Paris-brest.
Rizzardini, Campielo dei Meloni, San Polo 1415: Founded in 1742, this characterful establishment has been serving some of Venice’s best biscuits and pastries for over 200 years. During Carnival, their legendary fritelle (fried doughnuts) are worth queuing for; at other times of year, try one of their krapfen (cream puffs) or sample a couple of the pallone di Casanova (Casanova’s balls).
Rosa Salva, Campo dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Castello 6779: An award-winning, family-run firm that’s been operating in Venice for six generations, Rosa Salva boasts a number of venues around the city; our favourite is the branch in Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, where on sunny days you can sit at outdoor tables in the shade of the mighty basilica while enjoying one of their mouth-watering bignè (cream puffs), zuppe inglese (liquer-dipped ladyfingers) or babà (rum cake).
Dal Mas, Rio Terà Lista de Spagna, Cannaregio 149/B: A few steps from Venice’s train station, this popular pasticceria is always packed with discerning locals in the morning – but arrive a little later and you’ll soon find a spot at the marble-topped bar, where you can linger over one of Das Mas’ wickedly buttery cornetti (croissants) or fresh cream horns. The hot-chocolate is especially good, and it’s no wonder, given that they have an artisan chocolate shop next door.