After wandering around Venice marveling at its canals and fantastic landmarks, the best way to relax is cooling down with some tasty gelato. Although it is similar to ice cream, gelato contains less butterfat and air; plus, it has no artificial flavorings or preservatives. With flavors ranging from the usual chocolate or vanilla, to the fancier tiramisú or stracciatella; it is difficult to get bored eating gelato.
When searching for the best gelaterias, look out for the artisan places. These shops normally make fresh gelato everyday. In Venice, you can find lots of places selling gelato; but you need to keep your eyes open to not fall for a tourist trap. For travelers looking for the perfect scoop, these are the top places to taste the best gelato in Venice.
Using only the freshest natural ingredients, this gelateria serves some of the most imaginative gelato flavors that you will find in Venice. Some of the most exotic varieties include ginger, artichoke, asparagus, and basil. The owner, Carlo Pistacchi, is passionate about his craft and proud of his homemade creations.
Gelateria Il Doge
Located in Campo Santa Margherita, this traditional gelateria stands out from its competitors. You will recognize it by the long line of people, both locals and travelers, waiting for service. Their signature flavor is the Crema de Doge, a sumptuous mixture of chocolate, cream, and oranges. Also, the staff is very friendly, and they are normally opened until late at night.
La Mela Verde
La Mela Verde is a small artisan gelateria not too far from Piazza San Marco that features great quality at reasonable prices. It has a small but outstanding choice of flavors made with fresh ingredients. If you visit this charming place try the giotto gelato, made with white chocolate, almonds, and coconut.
A relative newcomer in the local gelato scene, Grom is part of a growing international empire known for making consistently good gelato. Although they are more expensive than other gelaterie, they make their gelato with high quality organic ingredients, offer gluten-free options, and work with sustainable practices.
Boutique del Gelato
One of the most popular gelaterie in Venice, the Boutique del Gelato is a tiny artisanal outfit with a dedicated local following. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait a while for service; there is always a crowd at this standing room only gelateria. Just take it as proof of their commitment to making some of the creamiest and most delicious gelato that you can find in Venice.
Gelateria Da Nico
Another great option for gelato. If you take yours to go at the bar, it is half-priced. But if you are looking for a place to sit down while enjoying your sweet treat, Da Nico has a beautiful terrace overlooking the Gran Canal and Giudecca Island.
Do you have a favorite gelateria? Share your favorite spots for the best gelato in Venice in the comments section. And if you are looking for good accommodation options for your trip, check out Hipmunk’s Venice hotels guide.
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