Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.


Bacaro Lounge Bar

In a city flooded with wine but with limited quality drinking spots, Bacaro Lounge Bar is a buzzing cocktail bar which feels more like New York than Venice. It’s cool modern bar area and mezzanine dining room are invariably crowded and the adjoining late night bookshop compliments the bar’s eclectic mix. Owned by the Benetton family, Bacaro Lounge Bar is well worth a visit.

 View Map ... Salizada San Moise, San Marco 1345, Venice, Italy
Harry’s Bar

There are bars that have invented famous cocktails and there are restaurants that have invented famous dishes. Very few have done both. Harry's Bar in Venice, opened in 1931 right on St Mark's bay waterfront, is one of them, inventing both the ‘bellini’ and ‘carpaccio’. Harry’s Bar, now a global brand, is legendary and has long been a favourite meeting spot for the international society and European aristocracy, all attracted to the simple yet elegant atmosphere, great cocktails and cuisine. Head to Harry’s Bar as a local, not a tourist, sit at Ernest Hemingway’s favourite table and become part of history.

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 View Map ... Calle Vallaresso San Marco, Venice, Italy
Margaret Duchamp

Campo Santa Margherita is a vibrant square in Dorsoduro, full of trendy cafés and bars with a slightly grungy vibe. Margaret Duchamp is one of the liveliest options on the piazza, with outside tables on a perfect people watching corner. If you’re in the area and are thirsty, or just looking for a bit of buzz, introduce yourself to Margaret Duchamp.

 View Map ... Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro 3019, Venice, Italy
Vino Vino

This vintage wine bar has an impressive wine list with over 350 European wines and Venetian specialties dusted on a chalkboard. Kick back at one of the wooden tables and savour the delights of this canal-side wine bar.

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 View Map ... Sestiere San Marco, 2007, Venice, Italy

what we think

The hedonist traveller will enjoy arriving at a waterfront palazzo on an elegant private motorboat. Although this sounds fanciful, it is “de rigueur” in Venice. A gondola ride through the captivating canals that straddle the ancient walls is definitely recommended. Inhaling the beauty of the magnificent Piazza San Marco square with a glass of prosecco is equally mesmerizing. Venice is an architectural marvel and oozes charm. Its bridges are inspiring and its maze of tiny streets are perfect to get lost in. It has canals of every shape, size and mood and is arguably the most romantic city on the European merry-go-round.