Possibly the most characteristic café in Venice, Caffé Florian serves one of the best breakfasts in the city, but it is also known as an excellent bar. Its incredibly privileged location means that it is at the focal point of tourism in Venice, so it attracts very large crowds throughout the year. Its elegant and timeless terrace and interior remind visitors of a bygone era, and for a moment they too will be able to enjoy the elegance and sophistication of past times.
Address: Piazza San Marco 56-59, Venice, Italy, +39 (0)41 5205641
Bacari, bars that serve ciccheti, are plentiful in Venice, and visitors with a light appetite can visit one or two, whilst those who are less easily satisfied can explore several of them. It is a great way of getting to know the area, and Cantina dal Vino Già Schiavi, or Al Bottegon as it is also known, is one of the top bacari in the area.
Address: Dorsoduro 992, Venice, Italy, +39 041 523 0034
In the past few years Enoiteca Mascareta has transformed from a simple establishment to a busy restaurant; but most locals still treat it like a wine bar, and love to head to this locale for a drink and a couple of its gourmet snacks. The wines that are served by the glass are written on their blackboard and change daily, although travelers can always expect to find a variety of North Italian organic wines listed.
Address: Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa, 30122, Venice, Italy, +39 041 523 0744