One of the delights of Venice is a morning spent exploring the food markets and shops around the Rialto. Fruit and vegetable stalls sprawl to the west of the bridge. The Pescheria, or fish market, lies right beside the Grand Canal.
The neighbouring streets are full of unusual and excellent food shops. Olive oil, vinegar and dried pasta, which comes in many colours, shapes, and flavours, are all good choices if you are looking for food or gifts to take home. Aliani is a super cheese shop right by the vegetable market, where you can also buy a selection of fresh pasta, salamis and ready-made dishes for a picnic.
Round the corner, on Ruga Rialto, the Drogheria Mascari has a fine range of coffee, teas, dried fruits and nuts. Pasticceria Marchini is Venice’s best pasticceria, selling traditional sweetmeats as well as cakes and biscuits.
Smaller morning markets for vegetables and fish can also be found in other locations of the city. The larger is in Rio Morto of Cannaregio, five minutes east from the railway station, and others are in St. Margherita (Dorsoduro) and via Garibaldi (Castello).