By Monica Cesarato in Venice—
Have you ever wandered around Venice after realizing that, say, you’ve run out of toothpaste, shampoo or body lotion? It can actually be a bit tricky to locate a supermarket amidst the winding alleys of the old city.
Well, even if you haven’t run out of toothpaste, I’m pretty sure that it’s helpful to make a list of supermarkets located in all the main tourist areas of Venice to use as a reference. These major grocery stores provide not only the basics, but also a wide range of typical Italian products (like pasta, oil and cakes) that can make an excellent cheapo souvenir!
The COOP is a very large Italian grocery chain that seems to emphasize quality over profits. I find their items to be reliably good. Several locations can be found in central Venice, among them these four:
Fondamenta Santa Chiara (Near Piazzale Roma)
Sestiere Santa Croce, 1493 (telephone: 041 275 0218)
Cannaregio, 1976 (telephone: 041 720 374)
Sestiere Giudecca, 484 (telephone: 041 241 3381)
There are, of course, other supermarkets in Venice. These include:
I Tre Mercanti srl
Campo della Guerra
041 522 2901
041 241 8820
Supermercato Punto Sma City
Sestiere Castello, 5065
Moving away from supermarkets, I’d like to focus now on some of my favorite food shops in Venice. These include typical old Venetian delicatessens and bakeries. Here you will be able to enjoy some of the best food Venice can offer!
San Polo 654
Ruga Rialto/Ruga Vecchia San Giovanni
Vaporetto: Rialto Mercato or San Silvestro
This is my favorite food shop of them all in Venice. It’s a traditional delicatessen which stocks a very large selection of cold meats and cheeses from every part of Italy and a very large range of prepared dishes and roasted meats (try the baccala mantecato). It is run by Davide Aliani and his lovely mother.
Casa del Parmigiano
San Polo 214/215
This cheese and meat shop has been selling a wide variety of delicious products for over 65 years! With a location just next to Rialto bridge, it’s a must-visit!
San Polo 2307, near Rialto
Santa Croce 1630
Dorsoduro 3108/D (near Campo Santa Margherita)
Panifici Majer is a small chain of Venetian bakeries. Aside from typical food items, it also sells cakes, wines and more.
I hope this reference list will be of use to you out there, in your moment of supermarket need! Have fun!