Sweet Venice: traditional cafès and pastry shops walk

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Sweet Venice: traditional cafès and pastry shops walk

Durations: 3 Hour(s)

Group Size

Group Size: 1+


Languages: English

This tour is meant for sweet tooth connoisseurs, eager to taste the traditions and the cultural richness of the city through its historical bakeries, cafés and pastry shops.

From £ 22.92 per person

  1. Meeting Point
  2. Tour Overview

    This walking tour, which surely features high levels of blood sugar, will make you discover all the six "Sestieri" (neighbourhoods) of Venice: Castello, San Marco, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce and Cannaregio, including a panoramic view of the Giudecca island.
    Espresso coffees, delicious pastries, ice creams and tiramisu will power you across the dozens of bridges you will have to climb.
    You will be able to stop in local bakeries which provided Venetians with fresh reasons to roll out of bed over centuries; in historical cafés surrounded by baroque mirrors; in shops serving the top quality of creams and pastries where gondoliers and venetian housewives flock to devour the buttery, just-baked sweetness of Venetian specialties.
    You will be mesmerized by traditional cream puffs and biscuits surrounded by the pleasant smell of Italian espresso.

  3. Tour Itinerary

    Day 1 : Traditional pastry shop in Castello

    We will store some energy to face our discovery walk tour around Venice in a traditional pastry shop serving sweet treats to Venetians since 1879. Dramatically beautiful neighbourhood close to San Giovanni & Paolo church.

    Local bakery in San Marco

    We will continue our walk in the Venetian tradition with a “zaeto”, a typical cornmeal and sultanas biscuit, in a local bakery in the San Marco district.

    Historical Cafè in St. Mark's square

    We will indulge by stopping at the bar counter of one of the historical cafés in Saint Mark’s square, perhaps the one preferred by opera composer Richard Wagner. Surrounded by Baroque mirrors and politically incorrect antique Moor’s chandeliers, we will sip our espresso. We might even ask for a “corretto” (espresso coffee with grappa liqueur).

    Ice Cream & Glamour

    We will cross the Canal Grande using a Gondola ferry, and we will reach the Zattere in the arty Dorsoduro district. There, we will enjoy a delicious scoop of ice cream in a “gelateria” which was a favourite of Peggy Guggenheim’s, and more recently Angelina Jolie’s.

    Family-owned bakery in Dorsoduro

    Feel like true venetian eating the typical biscuit from the island of Burano. We will taste the original recipe in a local family-owned bakery active since 1956.

    Pastry shop in Santa Croce

    Moving towards the Santa Croce district we will stop at a bakery where every Venetian has been at least once in a lifetime. In this famous shop the offer is so wide it can mesmerize you! Probably a good choice would be a cup of tiramisu, the most famous Italian dessert.

    A pastry shop active since 1742 in San Polo

    Zabaione is the most typical pastry filling in Venice, lightly alcoholic due to the Marsala liqueur and extremely tasty. We will try it in a pastry shop which has been a corner bakery since 1742, and whose reputation for “krapfen” (cream puffs), strudels and Venetian donuts has survived many “acqua alta” (high tides).

    Kosher bakery at Jewish Ghetto in Cannaregio

    Entering the Cannaregio district and the oldest Jewish ghetto in the world, we cannot miss to taste some pastry in a traditional kosher bakery. Bite after bite we will discover and understand more the multi-cultural richness of the cities and its historical communities.

  4. What's Included

    • The walking tour will include one espresso coffee and a tasting of a traditional sweet/bakery product at the first stop
    • Gondola ferry on Canal Grande 
    • Tour leader & nature and interpretive guide

  5. What's Excluded

    • The guide will suggest you a traditional bakery product/sweet in each stop. It will be up to you to choose what you prefer! 
    • Tip or gratuity

  6. FAQs

    Please Note:

    • The experience is private or in very small groups up to 8 participants. In case you wish a customized private experience, please let us know in advance!
    • Accessibility: the experience is meant to be inclusive and accessible: if you are a traveller with motor, sensorial or cognitive disabilities, please let us know in advance and we will make our best to meet your needs.
    • Not wheelchair accessible 
    • Accessible with strollers