Rialto Market – Fresh vegetables, fruit, fish and meat
This is where the Rialto Food Market is held, every day except Sunday and Monday from 7am to around lunchtime. There are masses of fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, fresh fish and seafood from the lagoon (and from further afield). If you are a cook, you will be salivating at the quality of the produce available. Can be very busy on Saturdays, particularly mid morning. If you can, come earlier, or during the week.
Rialto Market – Other shops
There are lots of great food shops in the area too, including a great cheese shop, Casa del Parmigiano and an excellent wine shop, with lots of affordable wine from the surrounding area (and from further afield) called Enoteca Mascari (www.imascari.com). This also stocks a huge range of Italian sweets and other groceries.
The best coffee in Venice can be had at Caffe del Doge nearby – in warmer weather you can sit outside.
Other shops in the area
While wandering the streets in the area, you will find lots of shops selling Venetian masks, some clothes shops and ladies’ glove shops (“Fanny” on Calle dei Saoneri being worth a particular mention), stationers and leather goods’ shops. There is an excellent stationers called Il Pavone on Campiello del Meoni (San Polo, 1478), which makes for lovely gifts.
Crossing the Rialto Bridge to the other side brings you to more high street fashions, including the department store, Coin, Sephora and the unmissable newly opened Fondaco dei Tedeschi (the building inside is amazing).