The ultimate travel destination for couples and romantics, Venice is nicknamed “the serene” for a reason. With beautiful and quintessential architecture built upon canals and small lanes and streets to explore and get lost in for hours, Venice represents a burst of culture and history unlike any other. Instead of exploring the all-too-typical tourist spots that are often overcrowded and hyped, walk down the quaint cobblestone streets and you will encounter the very best that Venice has to offer. From amazing street food to unique attractions that only locals know about, there is a special charm to exploring hidden gems in a new city. If you wish to indulge in some gastronomical delights without having to visit the hyped and crowded restaurants, why not get a taste of the awesome street food markets here that sell a variety of great meals that are easy on the wallet? For accommodation, you will find plenty of budget hotels to cater to your needs. Prefer a homey experience? An affordable Airbnb vacation rental is your best bet. Now that we have the places to stay sorted for you, scroll down for a list of the best food markets in Venice, Italy.
1. Lido Farmer's Market
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This farmer’s market in Venice, Italy, is located in the bustling neighbourhood of Riva di Corinto. The Friday farmer’s market sells fresh greens at the Vignole stall and bread and jam at Tarcisio.
The market has several shops that sell fruits and vegetables along with meat and herbs. The waterfront market is steps away from the beach and you can dip your toes in the water after you have picked up essentials for the Sunday cookout.
Lido Farmer's Market
Address: Riva di Corinto, 7, 30126 Lido VE, Italy
Opening hours: Tue: 7am - 1pm (closed on other days)
2. Santa Margherita Market
This famous marketplace in Venice is in one of the most iconic and famous squares of Campo Santa Margherita. The happening square is surrounded by some of the best bars and has great nightlife. It also has benches and you can unwind and relax on one of them by savouring a cup of coffee and reading your favourite book.
People throng the many shops in the morning to pick up fresh vegetables, fish, and flowers among other food and household items. Most of the shops sell fresh seafood and you mustn’t miss out on buying fresh fish when you are here.
Santa Margherita Market
Address: Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro, 30100
Website: Santa Margherita Market
Opening hours: 8am - 1pm (daily)
Located close to Rialto Bridge, this street food market is popular for serving traditional Italian snacks such as Cicchetti (bite-sized snacks), proseccos, homemade wines to go with the snacks, or some special tiramisu (coffee-flavored cake dessert). This is a perfect place to visit if you wish to stop for some mid-meal snacks or sample true Italian delights. You can also go for some affogato (freshly brewed coffee poured over vanilla ice-cream) as a dessert. Another popular item you will find here is delicious fresh-caught seafood cooked to perfection in a variety of spices and marinades. However, do not worry if you are a vegetarian as there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options available in this street food market. This tour takes you along the most highlighted popular spots of Rialto Market, and it includes a lot of unique historical attractions sprinkled in between your snack-time as well. If you are a light eater, it is best to come on an empty stomach as the tour is filled with delicious food that you won’t be able to get enough of!
The Rialto Market is famous for having some of the freshest fish. If you rent a place with a kitchen in Murano, you can indulge in a simple yet cherished experience of local Venetian life. Just buy the fish at the market, cross the Grand Canal on a gondola, and cook yourself a delicious fish recipe while enjoying the beautiful canal views.
Duration: 4.0 hour
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4. Floating market on Campo San Barnaba
We all have encountered shops along the side of a busy street, but have you ever seen a shop floating in a canal lining a street? Check out the floating market at Campo San Barnaba for a spectacular sight that has become a must-see destination for tourists in recent times. Campo San Barnaba originally became a popular place because the movie, Indiana Jones, was shot at a church here. Because of this, this floating market skyrocketed to international fame overnight. One of the boats has been operational for years now, selling delicious fruits and vegetables to tourists and locals alike. This is such a quintessential Venice concept that you may rarely find it outside of Venice, if at all. So, head on over to the floating market and you are sure to find some amazing Instagram-worthy pictures here. The area surrounding this floating market is extremely serene and quiet, and you can spend a comfortable few hours exploring.
Campo San Barnaba
Address: Campo San Barnaba, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
5. Mercato Biologico Solidale Aeres
Unlike its Western counterparts, Italy prides itself on producing fresh food on a daily basis. While it is a lot more effort for people to buy and make food from fresh ingredients, it is considered a healthier and traditional approach that emphasizes on the quality of food above all else. Mercato Biologico Solidale Aeres is situated on Rio Tera Dei Pensieri, and it sells clean, fresh and organic food produced using environmentally conscious methods. Unlike the food you may get in other places, this market focuses on producing and delivering fruits and vegetables on a smaller scale, so that there is more weight placed on the quality of each fruit or vegetable. You can be assured that everything you get here is premium in quality, so pay a visit to this market if you are cooking for someone at your place, or if you wish to buy ethically sourced ingredients that are organic and fresh.
Mercato Biologico Solidale Aeres
Address: Rio Tera dei Pensieri, Venice, Italy
Website: Mercato Biologico Solidale Aeres
Opening hours: Thu: 9am - 3:30pm (closed from Fri - Wed)
6. Mestre Market
Open on Wednesdays and Fridays, this market is situated near the Piazza Barche area, around Via Fapanni. This is a huge market where a wide variety of food items, both ready-to-eat meals and fruits and vegetables, are sold. In addition, you can also get general things to shop for, such as clothing and accessories. A lot of the products you find here are what the Italians call rionali market products, meaning neighborhood markets. You will find a lot of the usual goods at great prices and a wide variety, from bedsheets, cookware, fruits and vegetables, clothing and apparel, shoes and more, but do not expect the markets to be too fancy. In addition, you can also find a wide variety of beverages, including local wines and homemade beers. Lastly, if you get hungry, this area is also home to a number of traditional Italian restaurants where you can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine. You can settle down at the outdoor seating of a cafe and just people-watch for a while, and let the day go by.
Address: Piazza E. Ferretto, 30170, Mestre, Italy
Opening hours: Wed & Fri: 7am - 1pm (closed on Thu & Sat - Tue)
7. Santa Marta Monday Farmers Market
Last but not the least, Santa Marta Public Market is one of the most popular street food markets in Venice, frequented by tourists and locals alike. While the market itself is open every day, you can take advantage of the special farmers’ market that is open on Mondays to get incredibly fresh food grown organically in small batches on a small scale, and you can be assured that this is the best quality of fruits and vegetables you can find. In addition, you can also find a great catch of seafood that’s freshly caught for the day, as well as other types of meat including cured meats. However, because this market is not very tourist-friendly, you may have to be a little cautious when it comes to haggling for prices.
Santa Marta Monday Farmers Market
Address: Cra. 9, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
Opening hours: 2am - 7pm (daily)
Explore the streets of Venice
From delicious savoury snacks to enjoy between meals or entire portions of food fit for a king, the popular foods in Venice, Italy, deserve a special place in the hearts of locals and tourists alike. Enjoy paninis and pasta, cured meats served on a cheese charcuterie, or a delicious serving of homemade wine, the choice is yours. So book your tickets to Venice today.
Frequently asked questions about food markets in Venice, Italy
1. Which food markets in Venice are open daily?
If you would like to ditch some of the upscale restaurants for the best street food markets in Venice, you can visit the ones that are open daily such as Campo San Barnaba.
2. Which food markets in Venice offer a wide variety of fresh goods and delicacies?
If you are craving fresh produce and savoury delicacies during your stay in Venice, you can visit some of the food markets such as The Rialto Market, Mercato Biologico Solidale Aeres, or Santa Marta Monday Farmers Market.
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