The glittering Mercerie, which runs from Piazza San Marco to the Rialto, has been the main shopping street since the Middle Ages. Together with Calle dei Fabbri, which parallels the Mercerie, it is still a honey-pot for the crowds.
West of San Marco, the Frezzeria is full of interesting and quirky shops. The main route from the Piazza to the Accademia Bridge is lined with speciality stores, while the streets north of Campo Santo Stefano are another excellent trawling ground for quality souvenirs and gifts.
Across the Grand Canal, the narrow streets from the Rialto south-west towards Campo San Polo are lined with a wide variety of less expensive stores. While near the station, the bustling Lista di Spagna and the route along the Strada Nova towards the Rialto, cater for the everyday needs of Venetians.
The islands of Murano and Burano are the places to buy traditional glass and lace.