I remember those days when shopping in another city was so amazing. You could walk down any street and could buy things that you would never find at home. A side-effect of our world becoming more global is also that increasingly we find the same shops and brands in any city. It actually does not matter anymore where you go, the same things have basically become available to us anywhere. I look back with some sentimental feeling when I came home from a trip with all the treasures I found. I am still searching for unique pieces (I actually really do not like it when I see somebody with the same outfit or when people know where I got it 😉 ).
Even though it has become more of a challenge to find unique places, on every trip, I dedicate some time to this quest. Today I am going to share the hidden shopping gems of Venice with you. Whether you come to Venice for the Art Biennale this year, these recommendations by locals and myself will help you find unique memories of your Italy trip.
As mentioned in my Ultimate Guide for the Venice Art Biennale 2017, the Fortuny showroom at Giudecca has gorgeous fabrics. I got a really nice notebook for my travel experiences. (Giudecca, 805)
In the middle of the tourist area in Calle della Mandola, there is this small shop which looks like all the other tourist traps in this street. However, Shary has a beautiful selection of jewellery and accessories at great prices and the owner is extremely courteous. (Calle della Mandola, S. Marco, 3720/B)
The building dates back to the early 13th century (!) and was rebuilt after fires in the 16th century. On the one hand, it is a reminder of Venice’s importance as a merchant city, on the other, it shows how this importance has decreased over time.
The Benetton family has renovated this beautiful building and it is a beautiful mix of old and new. The red elevators are a real eye catcher. If you have big pockets for shopping, this is the place to be with all the luxury brands available and beautifully displayed. (Calle del Fontego dei Tedeschi, Rialto Bridge)
If you would like to invest in jewellery that is unique and nobody else will have, Palwer is the place to go. Absolutely gorgeous pieces! (Salizada San Samuele 3151)
I love the sneakers – they are similar to the Converse Chucks but have a waterproof fabric with really cool prints, such as Italian tiles or flowers. It was quite tough to find the exact location of the shop online again, because it seems that they are quite new. But it is on your way to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum from Accademia Bridge on your right side. And you cannot miss the colourful shop window 😉 (Dorsoduro 860/A)
At this beautiful jewellery boutique near the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, all the jewellery is handmade and you can watch the designer at the store.
I think the ribbon necklace and bracelet are so beautiful! (Dorsoduro, 188; unfortunately, their website is not online at the moment)
The tops and dresses at this boutique are all handmade in Italy and have one thing in common: a hole between below the arms.
While the pieces look unusual on the hanger, they look very lovely when worn and will be a timeless addition to your wardrobe. (Santa Croce, Calle del Tentor 1840-1842)
I passed by the shop in the Dorsoduro area at night and the lamps immediately caught my attention.
Unfortunately, they are in the premium price segment, but it is definitely something you should need to see, even if you do not have the big pockets to spend on these beautiful lamps and interior decoration. (S.Marco 2425)