As with many places in Italy, Venice has rich cafe culture that the locals take very seriously. There are thousands of coffee shops in the city – from trendy hipster joints to extravagant century-old cafes. But with so many different places to choose from, it’s hard to know if you’ve discovered a true gem or if you’ve walked straight into a tourist trap. As a coffee aficionado myself, I’ve spent a fair amount of time in different cafes in the City of Canals. So, whether you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up or a spot to kick back and relax, you’ll find some of the best coffee shops in Venice on this list.
What is the Best Coffee Shop in Venice, Italy?
There are many factors to consider when choosing the best coffee shop in Venice. If you’re going strictly by the quality of coffee, then you’ll want to visit Torrefazione Cannaregio or Pasticceria Rio Marin. For a laid-back hangout, I can also recommend Rosa Salva or Caffé Rosso. And if you’re craving something sweet, then places like Marchini Time and Pasticceria Rio Marin serve a variety of delicious cakes and pastries.
A fan favorite amongst students and young travelers, Torrefazione Cannaregio is a hip cafe near the quaint Ormesini canal. Unlike other coffee shops in the area, this cafe serves beans from all around the world, including Guatemala, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua.
Grab an espresso or a cappuccino and snag a seat in the back or by the window. If you like what you taste (and I bet you will), you can always get a bag of beans to take home with you as a souvenir.
Bar Da Fiore
If you want to hang out where the locals do, then make your way to Bar Da Fiore. Although it’s one of the more touristy neighborhoods of Venice, you won’t be gauged by touristy prices.
In fact, this might be one of the cheapest cafes and bars in the city! After all, this no-frills spot is great for a morning cappuccino, an afternoon espresso, or a mid-day Aperol. And the tables outside are perfect for people watching.
Fujiyama B&B Tea room
Don’t be fooled by the name! Fujiyama B&B Tea room is an adorable guesthouse a stone’s throw from Ca’ Rezzonico and Accademia. However, they also have a small cafe and a picturesque outdoor garden lined with flowers, vines, and plants.
They do have a huge tea selection, but also a great coffee menu as well. On a nice summer day, it’s one of the coziest and most secluded spots to enjoy a refreshing beverage.
A good cup of coffee is great on its own – but it’s even better when you have a delectable, sweet treat to eat with it! Marchini Time is a small, narrow cafe selling some of the best cakes and pastries in Venice.
Grab your morning croissant, a cream-filled cannoli,
or a light and fluffy spumiglie meringue.
While there’s not much room inside, we recommend ordering an espresso and drinking it at the bar (the true Italian way). Due to its prime location near Campo San Luca, it can be quite busy, although it’s definitely worth the wait.
Pasticceria Rio Marin
Pasticceria Rio Marin is also considered by many to have some of the tastiest pastries in all of Venice! It’s tucked away on a small street overlooking one of the canals, so it’s a bit off the tourist route (which means affordable prices!).
The cappuccino is out of this world, but it’s nothing compared to the oversized sweets.
You can’t go wrong with anything you order here, but the tiramisu and the dolce de casa are two of the most popular items. Plus, there are a couple of tables outside where you can indulge in peace and quiet.
Sure – Caffè Florian is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Venice.
But once you step foot inside the oldest cafe in the world, you’ll see why it is a bucket list destination for many travelers. Located right on San Marco Square, Caffè Florian opened in 1720, and not much has really changed since then.
The walls and ceilings are lined with antique gold mirrors and elaborate frescos, while the booths and furnishes are covered in lush velvet velour. You can imagine Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, and Claude Monet sitting in the booths working on their latest masterpiece (which they did).
The food and drinks are expensive, and the quality may not be the best, but at Caffè Florian, you’re paying for the atmosphere.
Rosa Salva is a staple in the Venetian coffee scene. Although they started over 150 years ago as a mobile catering service, they’ve now expanded to several different locations around the city.
Their busiest location is right in the middle of San Marco, which makes it easy to reach after visiting Venice’s top sights.
On a nice day, snag one of the outdoor tables and watch as life unfolds around you. In addition to the coffee, they also serve light snacks for breakfast, lunch, or a mid-day Aperitivo.
Working cafes are few and far between in Venice. But CheBon in the Castello neighborhood is an exception. This modern cafe has an extensive coffee and pastry menu as well as lightning-fast WIFI.
For this reason, it’s not uncommon to see students or digital nomads working tirelessly away on their laptops (as such, it might be hard to find a seat during peak hours). And if you find yourself working into the early evening, you can also order a glass of wine to help you focus.
If you’re in Campo Santa Margarita and in dire need of an energy boost, stop by Caffé Rosso.
At all hours of the day, you can find students gathering here for an espresso, spritz, or quick bite to eat.
The cafe may not look like much on the inside, but its central location right on the piazza makes it a worthwhile stop if you’re in the area. Just look for the red antique signage out front – you can’t miss it.
As one of the more unusual coffee shops in Venice, Sallaluna might take you a while to find. With a canal-facing view in the Cannaregio neighborhood, this little place is actually a bookstore! But they also happen to have a wonderful cafe and restaurant inside too.
After picking up a new read, you can order an espresso or light lunch (they are known for their vegetarian sandwiches and organic cakes).
While the inside tables are very cozy, the outdoor ones allow you to soak in the sun, watching the gondolas pass by.
When it comes to good beans, tasty treats, and a laid-back Italian atmosphere, any of these cafes is guaranteed to please even the toughest of coffee critics.
But Venice is a big place, and there are thousands of cafes on all the different islands just waiting to be discovered.
By getting lost in the narrow alleys and canals, it’s easy to stumble upon a quaint cafe or historic coffee shop that you’ll fall in love with.