Looking for the best places to eat in Venice? Italians adore children, and although famously a city for lovers, Venice is no different. SO you can be assured that your little one will be welcomed with open arms, even in the fanciest of restaurants.
What’s more, Venetian cuisine is perfect for kids. Most children love pizza, pasta and panini, plus the popular small plates (chicchetti) of delicious morsels are perfect for tiny tummies.
So that’s the good news… now the hard bit is choosing where to eat, in a city with so much choice! BabyBreaks has listed five places to eat in Venice, from laid back bacari to fine dining by the water.
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1. Birraria la Corte
This one gets many great reviews from families, as it’s located on one of the largest squares of the city, so there’s plenty of space for wayward toddlers to run about. There are often local families eating here, kids playing football in the square and parents relaxing over a glass of wine. Athough the restaurant has lots of tables, the service is quick and efficient. Pizza is the thing to order here, although there are also great pasta and fish dishes. Great for a low key dinner.
Phone: +39 041 275 0570
2. Ristorante Terrazza dei Nobili
Located right on the water’s edge, this elegant restaurant serves up stunning views and great food. It is certainly ne of the most picturesque places to eat in Venice. It is popular with local families – they love the patient, friendly staff who are great with kids. In addition to the welcoming atmosphere, there is plenty for kids to look at on the water while they wait for their food.
Phone: +39 041 520 6895
3. Cantina Do Spade
One of the city’s oldest osterie (wine bars), this gem is just moments from the Rialto Bridge. So, it’s perfect for a pitstop to keep you going during a busy morning sightseeing. Serving chicchetti and wine to locals since 1448, its small plates are authentic and delicious, using the freshest ingredients from the Rialto market. Most importantly, don’t miss the most famous Venetian chicchetti, baccala mantecato – whipped creamy salt cod served on polenta.
BabyBreaks Tip: These style of bars are often noisy and crowded, so don’t expect a sit-down lunch. However, they are perfect for snacks on the go.
Phone: +39 041 521 0583
4. Grom Gelato
Although not traditionally Venetian, gelato can still be found in all corners of the city, and it’s almost impossible to resist on a hot afternoon! The kids will love the amazing flavours and colours on offer, and it’s a great excuse to stop for a rest in a pretty square. Grom is indeed one of the best places to eat in Venice, winning great reviews for its natural ingredients and unusual flavours like pear & ricotta.
Address: Various locations
5. Spaghetteria 6342 A Le Tole Pizzeria
Rated as one of the best pasta restaurants in Venice, this laid back spot is sure to be a hit with all ages. Adults can indulge in delicious lobster spaghetti or fettucine with duck, whilst the kids might enjoy a hand stretched pizza with authentic toppings. However, the small venue does get busy, so it’s advisable to eat early if you don’t want to queue. (Note, 8pm is early by Italian standards!)
Phone: +39 041 476 8410
6. Trattoria Sempione
This tucked-away venue was recommended to us by the wonderful travelling family bloggers at weatherlytravels.com. Family owned for six generations, this historic restaurant is right on the water. So if you’re lucky enough to get a canal-view table, you can watch graceful gondolas glide by as you wait for your food. Pop in for a plate of fritto misto (lightly fried seafood), or a heartier meal of cuttlefish risotto and decadent tiramisu. Then go follow weatherlyfamtravels for more inspiring family travel photos!
Phone: +39 041 522 6022
Visiting Venice with your kids is the perfect opportunity for a fantastic Family Holiday.
Which of these restaurants in Venice will you choose for your next holiday?
Venice has lots of things to do which welcome children, a host of outdoor family activities and great family friendly hotels.
So if you are looking to visit Venice on your next family break, check out our different pages to find what this beautiful city has to offer.
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