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“Detourism: La newsletter di Venezia”, the official Town of Venice Tourism Office Newsletter, takes us to discover the best cafés in Venice! Enjoy your reading!

Three cafés in Venice’s parks and gardens, perfect for art & culture lovers.

Venice is one of the world’s greatest destinations for art and culture: immerse yourself in the exceptional beauty of its palaces, museums and churches. If you prefer exploring the city in the open air, Venice’s got a load of green spaces, and set in these pretty city parks are some excellent places to meet, eat and drink. Here are three of the best spots to head to if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a coffee, a snack or a Venetian aperitivo, before, during and after an art exhibition, a guided tour or a theatre performance.

Biennale’s Gardens, created by Napoleon at the beginning of the 19th century, have been home of the International Art Exhibitions since 1895.

Set within the Central Pavilion, the Café was designed by the German sculptor Tobias Rehberger, who won the Golden Lion award at the 53rd International Venice Biennale. The black and white striped floor of the café is painted according to the principles of ‘Dazzle’ camouflage – bold shapes and violent contrasts of colour – a tecnique invented as a way of protecting warships during the First World War. Admission tickets are required for all visitors to enter the Café.
Originally known as Serra Margherita, the 19th-century Greenhouse is located at the end of Viale Garibaldi, a stone’s throw from the Biennale’s Gardens.

Carefully restored over the last few years, it was built in 1894 to protect over the winter the palms and other decorative plants which were used in the first International Art Exhibition.
Today the greenhouse regularly hosts cultural activities and events; inside the elegant building there is a flower shop and a café, serving up a health-focused menu of smoothies, salads, homemade cakes and snacks, made using locally sourced ingredients.

Overlooking the St Mark’s basin, the Royal Gardens in Venice, located just off St Mark’s Square, were created under Napoleonic and Austrian rule in the early 19th century. Here you can walk under the historic cast iron pergola, admire the greenhouse and the drawbridge, which on extraordinary occasions will connect the gardens to St. Mark’s Square. Set within the gardens, the Coffee House Pavilion, designed by Lorenzo Santi between 1816 and 1817, has recovered its former function as park’s Kaffeehaus. Given their important historic and environmental value, the Royal Gardens are a National Heritage Site.

Explore Venice’s gardens and green areas

[source: La newsletter di Venezia, N° 21/2021 del 29.10.2021]
[picture: TGS Eurogroup]

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