01 Feb A shopping guide to Venice
Once a collection of marshy islands, Venice rose from the ashes of the Roman Empire. By the dawn of the 12th century, it was the wealthiest city in Europe, with elegant architecture rising along a maze of canals.
Today, Venice is one of the most sought after destinations in Italy. Instead of Venetians, though, most buildings contain a fantastic assortment of restaurants and shops.
Where can the best shopping in Venice be found? Save yourself an evening of internet research – check out the following spots, and you’ll find the best quality goods that can be found here.
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet
Are you the type of shopper who only knows what they want when they see it? Bags, dresses, shoes – you can find it all at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet. From Armani to Prada, you’ll be able to find the most luxurious brands in the world, all under one roof.
Once you have bought as much as you can carry, take a break at one of its restaurants or bakeries. 32 Via dei Birrai, Bonetti, and Camelia Bakery are just a few of the choice spots this luxury shopping outlet has to offer.
Located close by the Omnia Hotel, you won’t have far to go to save on some of the most beautiful clothing and accessories in all of Venice.
Banco Lotto no. 10
Crafted as a rehabilitation product by Venice’s worst female offenders, Banco Lotto no. 10 sells some of this city’s best clothing. If you don’t have the budget to splurge on Louis Vuitton, Banco is a worthy alternative – many of its dresses sell from €80, and its scarves start at €30.
This intimate spot will keep you occupied for longer than you think – plan your day appropriately.
Want to treat your man to some quality duds? Include Kalimala in your Venetian shopping itinerary. An unassuming shop on Salizada San Lio, this cobbler will blow you away with the quality leather footwear they produce.
Even more impressive is the price – where in the UK can you find handmade leather shoes for €90? Unless you’re hunting for used pairs in consignment shops, not in many places. Not in the mood for shoes? They also do wallets, masculine handbags, and other accessories that will make him look sharp.
One of the best ways to mark your trip to Venice is to pick a locally-made piece of jewellery. At Attombri, you’ll find numerous examples of perline necklaces, which consist of glass beads threaded together with silver, metal, or copper.
Their black glass pieces are especially stunning, but if you can’t find what you are looking for, fear not – they have two locations: one in the Rialto Arcades and another in San Marco.
Arnoldo & Battois
Has your purse seen better days? There’s no better place in the world to replace your handbag than in Venice. Of the countless shops along its narrow streets, Arnoldo & Battois is one of the best. Employing fashion-savvy purchasers, this Venetian institution knows which artisans create the best bags in town.
Their shelves exhibit some of the best works that can be found in this city – combined with a few select pieces of women’s wear, you may walk out of this store with a new signature look.