Fresh and local food is an every day prerogative here in Italy and the bulk of the action takes place right here in Venice’s markets. Fishermen bring in fresh seafood from the Adriatic every day to Rialto market. The islands surrounding Venice produces some of the best artichokes and asparagus in the world. Of course, cheese and salumi in Italy are hard to match. Here’s our guide to the best markets for your food shopping in the city.
Mercato Biologico Solidale Aeres
This market on Rio Tera dei Pensieri close to Piazzale Roma is open during the season on Thursdays, from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm and it is founded on progressive notions of good food produced ethically and consumed conscientiously. Some of the produce sold here is grown by the women in the penitentiary on Giudecca island. Everything grown here is truly different from any other market because it’s produced in small batches and each fruit and vegetable is full of flavor.
This is the heart of Venice, where vendors sell fresh seafood as well as produce. It’s open every day of the week except Sunday. It’s the best way to see the city’s vibrant social life, especially on Saturday mornings when everyone comes to do their grocery shopping. Pick up some fruit to munch on and have a snack at the nearby bar, Al Merca’.
This is a farmer’s market that happens every Monday on Calle Longhi in Santa Marta. In season, you’ll be able to taste locally grown asparagus from Giare, honey from the marshy islands of the lagoon and castraure, the baby artichoke buds from Sant’Erasmo. You’ll also get to meet the producers and growers directly.
Campo San Barnaba
The boat on the canal in front of Campo San Barnaba carries all your produce and fruit for every day cooking. Beloved in the neighborhood, it’s been here in the same location for over 70 years. It’s open all week except Sunday, but don’t expect to pick up anything during lunchtime.
In the center of Mestre, in and around Piazza Barche, there’s a huge market held every Wednesday and Friday. There’s the usual fruit and vegetable market, but also flowers, specialty meat and cheese stands, as well as vendors selling sandwiches and roasted chickens. You’ll also get to shop for household items, shoes, and clothing.