How to make New Nordic Cocktails in Copenhagen – video

New Nordic is a bit of a buzzword in Copenhagen, a style of cuisine that’s all about looking at what’s in your back garden and presenting it in new ways. It might mean taking the best from the forest and the sea and adding a twist of the unexpected. Or using the ingredients your granny served up to you during your childhood and combining them in an unusual way. It’s fresh, it’s local and it’s very Danish.

But what about New Nordic Cocktails?

Heather and Sophie Anne enjoy a cocktail at Kurhotel Skodsborg Photo:

Heather and Sophie Anne enjoy a cocktail at Kurhotel Skodsborg

While I was staying at the delightful Kurhotel Skodsborg just outside Copenhagen, I had the pleasure of tasting a few New Nordic cocktails that had been created by leading Copenhagen bartender, Gromit Eduardsen. Gromit has been my go-to cocktail guy ever since I met him mixing his award-winning Copenhagen cocktail at TBEX a few years ago. He now runs a cocktail place at Copenhagen Street Food as well as working with a number of leading hotels to create their cocktails.

Gromit Eduardson has designed the cocktail menu at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen Photo: Kurhotel Skodsborg

Gromit Eduardson has designed the cocktail menu at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen

My daughter, Sophie-Anne is also a fan of the well-mixed cocktail and together we enjoyed tasting a few of the popular cocktails that Gromit had created at Kurhotel Skodsborg. Just in case you’d like to taste along at home, Gromit kindly shared the recipes to the ones that we tried as well as the inspiration that went into them.

I hope you enjoy the video below on how to make a New Nordic Whiskey Sour

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Clover-Club Cocktail

Sophie-Anne’s choice was a Clover Club cocktail; pink, frothy and totally feminine, garnished with a fresh raspberry. Although it looks like a woman’s drink, Gromit told me how this classic cocktail from the 1900s actually originated in a Philadelphia Gentleman’s Club. At that time, the gin imported from London was considered a luxury and the fresh lemon juice and raspberry syrup made this a cocktail that would be enjoyed on a sunny summer afternoon by those who had little care or need to return to the office.

Ingredients: 50ml Tanqueray Gin, 30 ml fresh lemon juice, 20 ml raspberry syrup, 10 ml sugar syrup, 1 egg white

Put ice in your cocktail shaker, add the gin, lemon juice, raspberry syrup, sugar syrup and egg white & shake as hard as possible to create a foam with the egg white. Strain into a chilled champagne coupe and garnish with a fresh raspberry.

Clover Club and Grapefruit Smash cocktails at Kurhotel Skodsborg Photo:

Clover Club and Grapefruit Smash cocktails at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen

Grapefruit Smash Cocktail

My choice was the Grapefruit Smash, another classic cocktail that takes the best parts of a Mojito cocktail and gives it a refreshing grapefruit twist. While Gromit is the first to admit that most bartenders would rather invent something new, the customers love the classics, so he is always looking for ways to make them a little different.

Ingredients: 50 ml Diplimatico Blanco rum (or any crisp white rum), 15 ml sugar syrup, 30 ml ginger ale, a dash of Peychaud’s bitters 3 slices pink grapefruit, 2 lime wedges, 4 fresh mint sprigs

Put the fresh mint in bottom of glass with the lime & grapefruit wedges and muddle to release the juice and aromatics. Fill the glass with crushed ice, add the rum, sugar syrup and bitters then stir and top up with ginger ale.

New Nordic Whiskey Sour at Kurhotel Skodsborg in Copenhagen Photo:

New Nordic Whiskey Sour at Kurhotel Skodsborg in Copenhagen

New Nordic Whiskey Sour

Both Sophie-Anne and I enjoyed tasting one of the most popular cocktails on the menu, a New Nordic Whiskey Sour. This classic cocktail was invented in the 1850s but in the 1990s was modernised by cocktail makers who included red wine as their new ingredient. The Nordic twist in the Whiskey Sour is a cherry wine from Frederiksdal, on the island of Lolland, where the cherries grow in the orchard of a castle, are picked, mascerated and the wine left to mature in oak barrels. The oak flavours of the wine partner perfectly with the smoky bourbon whiskey. Cherries are a popular summer fruit in Denmark and families would traditionally make their own cherry wine or bottle the fruit steeped in alcohol. Apparently the Frederiksdal cherry wine is going down a storm in Hong Kong, where cherries are a symbol of wealth for the Chinese.

Ingredients: 50ml bourbon (Maker’s Mark) whiskey, 30ml fresh lemon juice, 30ml sugar syrup, 1 egg white, Frederiksdal cherry wine, 1 maraschino cherry and lemon rind to garnish

Put the liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and drain into a glass, garnish with a zest of lemon and maraschino cherry and drizzle Frederiksdal cherry wine on top.

The Lounge at Kurhotel Skodsborg Photo:

The Lounge at Kurhotel Skodsborg

Tasting cocktails and more at Kurhotel Skodsborg

I highly recommend a stay at Kurhotel Skodsborg where we tried the New Nordic Cocktails. The hotel is a leading Nordic spa hotel, overlooking the sea and with outstanding health and fitness facilities. We loved hanging out in the stylish lounge, relaxing in the different pools of the spa and jumping off the private jetty to cool off after a sauna. The hotel is just a 30 minute train ride from central Copenhagen and a relaxing base to explore the beautiful coastline north of Copenhagen.

Thanks to Kurhotel Skodsborg for inviting us to stay and enjoy their New Nordic cocktails

The coastline by Kurhotel Skodsborg Photo:

The coastline by Kurhotel Skodsborg

Gromit and the Nordic Bar Syndicate

Gromit Eduardsen is a leading figure in the cocktail scene in Denmark and you can find out more on his Nordic Bar Syndicate website, including the hotels where you can taste his cocktails and his cocktail stand at Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island.

Visiting Copenhagen

For more information about things to do in and around Copenhagen, check out the Visit Copenhagen website as well as the Visit Denmark website for other parts of Denmark.

Heather and Sophie-Anne flew with Scandinavian Airlines from London Heathrow to Copenhagen. SAS fly several times a day to and from London to Copenhagen giving you a choice of times to make the most of your time in Copenhagen. On arrival take the train direct to the centre of Copenhagen or to Kurhotel Skodsborg on the coastal line stopping at Skodsborg.

Heather and Sophie-Anne used the Copenhagen Card which covers free public transport around Copenhagen as well as free or reduced price entry to many of the attractions in and around Copenhagen.

More things to do in Copenhagen

Light, Air, Water – finding a healthy holiday in Copenhagen – healthy tips for rest and relaxation on your spa break by the sea in Copenhagen

10 summertime cool things to do in Copenhagen – rent an apartment to live like a local and enjoy the summer in Copenhagen

Like Mother Like Daughter – What we loved on our trip to Copenhagen – Sophie-Anne suggests some things to do in Copenhagen that mothers and daughters will both enjoy.

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A gourmet walking tour of Luxembourg old town

Our weekend break in Luxembourg was full of surprises; a city that’s unexpectedly small and walkable, packed with history and culture. And then there was the food! This tiny Europan capital combines the elegance of France, the gourmet delights of Belgium and the efficiency of Germany into one easy going package. As we walked around the old town, I was struck by the number of tempting places to stop for a taste of this or a glass of that, so I’ve decided to take you on a gastronomic walking tour. History and culture are always more fun with a bite to eat or a cup of hot chocolate thrown in!

Heather and Guy Overlooking the Petrusse Valley Luxembourg City Photo:

Heather and Guy in Luxembourg City

Place d’Armes at the heart of the city

Let’s start in Place d’Armes in the centre of Luxembourg old town, a tree-filled square with plenty of cafe terraces and a bandstand where you’ll often find live music in summer. The elegant Palais Municipal stands at one end and since its renovation in the last few years, is now used as a cultural centre, although it served as the Nazi headquarters during WW2. On the Saturday that we visited there was a flea market full of granny’s best china and some more unusual items, like antique bird cages and piles of deer antlers. Who doesn’t need a set of deer antlers these days?

Flea Market in Luxembourg City Photo:

Flea Market at Place d’Armes in Luxembourg City

Elegant patisserie at Oberweis by the Sheep fountain

Let’s walk down the cobbled street at the side of the Palais Municipal until we reach another Luxembourg landmark, the charming fountain known as Hammelsmarsch or the March of the Sheep. The bronze fountain, by sculptor Will Lofy, depicts the shepherds who would bring their sheep into town once a year to attend the annual Schueberfour market, accompanied by a troupe of musicians. The cute children shelter from the dripping water under an umbrella and the accordion player is a self-portrait of the sculptor himself.

The Sheep Fountain Outside Oberweis in Luxembourg Photo:

The Sheep Fountain Outside Oberweis in Luxembourg

Gastro-stop #1 – Oberweis for elegant patisserie

Once you’ve admired the fountain, be sure to pop into Oberweis, a family business established over 50 years ago that produces some of the best patisserie, chocolates and marzipan in town. There are five branches around the city but we’ll stop for a coffee or light lunch at the flagship store at 16 Grand-Rue. Take your time to feast your eyes on the beautifully decorated tarts and cakes as you enter, with chocolates and marzipan towards the back of the store.

If the weather’s fine, take a seat at one of the tables outside or climb to the first floor for waitress service. Should the long list of patisserie on the menu be too perplexing, simply pop downstairs again to make your selection from the cakes on display, then you’ll be handed a ticket to give to your waitress telling her which to serve. We loved the seasonal marzipan – in September there were horse chestnuts with glowing brown nut and spiky green shell. Just the place to stock up with gastronomic gifts for the chocoholics back home.

Oberwis, 16 Grand-Rue, Luxembourg

Patisserie at Oberweis in Luxembourg Photo:

Patisserie at Oberweis in Luxembourg

Place Guillaume II– the food market and restaurants

From Oberwis let’s take a right down Rue du Fosse which will bring us to Place Guillaume II, the largest square in the old city. The square is named after William II, King of the Netherlands who ruled Luxembourg from 1840-1849, but locals also know it as Knuedler after the knots in the belt of the Franciscan friars whose monastery once stood on this spot. Here you’ll find the town hall, tourist office and a if you’re lucky enough to be there on a Saturday or Wednesday, the market selling fresh produce will be in full swing.

Vegetable Market in Place Guillaume II in Luxembourg Photo:

Vegetable Market in Place Guillaume II in Luxembourg

Gastro-stop #2 – buy a picnic in the market

We wandered around the Saturday market which was truly a feast for the eyes, with one end devoted to flowers and plants and other areas a mixture of fresh fruit and vegetables with stalls of cheese, bread and deli produce thrown in. The aroma of freshly roasted rotisserie chicken wafted from at least three stalls and the picnic possibilities were plentiful. At one stall baskets of dried sausages, at another rosy strings of garlic, while vegetables were beautifully laid out as if awaiting a prize at the village show. We treated ourselves to pretty pastel slices of nougat in pistachio, raspberry and almond and sat at the foot of King William’s statue eating the lunch we bought at the deli van.

Fresh Produce in the Market at Luxembourg Photo:

Fresh Produce in the Market at Luxembourg

Gastro-stop #3 – restaurants to try in Place Guillaume II

If you are not there on market day, fear not, as there are a number of other cafes and restaurants that we spotted in the square. Try one of these;

Kaempff-Kohler at 18 Place Guillaume II – have a look in their deli-shop specialising in cheese and wine and then find a table inside or on the outdoor terrace to order one of their cheese plates for lunch with a glass of local wine.

Brasserie Guillaume at 12 Place Guillaume II – right next door to Kaempff-Kohler, this brasserie is a fishmonger and fish restaurant combined. After you’ve admired their colourful window displays of seafood, take a seat and order the freshest of fish. They serve other things in the brasserie, but fish is the main event.

Beet at 32 Place Guillaume II serves vegetarian and vegan food in a trendy but informal cafe with a terrace on the square. Mostly organic and locally sourced, this is the less traditional but still delicious choice for a healthy lunch or dinner.

An alternative to walking – the Veloh! bike scheme

If you need to work off your delicious lunch you may spot the bright blue veloh! bikes in the square and at bike stations around the city. They cost practically nothing – €1 for a day so long as you can use your credit card to register at the machine and leave a deposit from your card. Sadly the system was not working when we tried it and our card was not accepted but we think it’s a great idea! Now, let’s continue with our gastro-walk around the old town.

The Velo Bike Scheme in Luxembourg Photo:

The Velo Bike Scheme in Luxembourg

The Grand Ducal Palace and the Chocolate House

A few steps from the Place Guillaume II is the Palais Grand-Ducal, official residence of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and the royal family. In fact the family spend most of their time outside the city but you’ll know if Grand Duke Henri is at home by the flag flying. Apart from the mellow stone facade and the balcony where the royal family appear on special occasions, there’s not much to see from outside. The palace is open in July and August (information here) but other times you’ll have to just content yourself with watching the tourists having their photo taken next to the good humoured sentries.

The Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg Photo:

The Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg

Gastro stop #4 – The Chocolate House

Just opposite the sentry post is our next gastro-stop at Chocolate House, famed for the hot chocolate and other sweet treats you’ll find inside. As soon as I heard about the chocolate spoons that are served with hot milk to make the hot chocolate of your choice on The Amateur Traveller Podcast about Luxembourg (thanks Rosie) I knew I had to give this place a try! Luckily Jennifer from Luxe Adventure Traveler had already bagged a prime spot when Guy and I passed by, so we joined her to order our hot chocolate and watch the world go by.

The Chocolate House in Luxembourg Photo:

The Chocolate House in Luxembourg

Those chocolate spoons come in over 40 flavours but they also serve enormous slices of cake and sell very pretty chocolates and marzipan inside too. It was tough choosing between all the chocolate spoon flavours like lavender, hot chilli orange, almond raspberry and a few naughty alcoholic versions too, so I brought a few home in my suitcase.

Chocolate House, 20, rue du marché aux herbes

Chocolates and Marzipan at the Chocolate House Luxembourg Photo:

Chocolates and Marzipan at the Chocolate House Luxembourg

The Statue of Grand Duchess Charlotte

Just around the corner in Clairefontaine square, you’ll find the bronze statue of Grand Duchess Charlotte. It was designed by the Parisian sculptor Jean Cardot and inaugurated in 1990 to commemorate the Grand Duchess, grandmother of the present Grand Duke Henri, who ruled Luxembourg from 1919 to 1964. After WW1 her sister Marie-Adelaide had to abdicate in favour of her sister, Charlotte and during WW2 the Grand Duchess and her family had to flee as Germany occupied Luxembourg, creating a focus for resistance in England and America.

Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg Photo:

Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg

Now we are just a short walk from the cobbled path known as the Corniche that runs along the top of the cliff overlooking the lower part of the old town in the Petrusse valley. This is the place to take your photographs from the “Balcony of Europe” looking down on the church of St Jean-Baptiste in the valley which is now an arts venue and the green terraces and gardens that line the river banks.

View of the Petrusse Valley Luxembourg Photo:

View of the Petrusse Valley Luxembourg

The Casmates

At the end of the Corniche you’ll get a view of the Casmates, the complex of tunnels and storage rooms that were built into the rockface providing gun emplacements overlooking the valley to defend the Rocher du Bock fortress that stood at this point. It’s easy to see why the fortress was such a key stronghold, with steep cliffs on both sides until it was dismantled at the end of the 19th century. The casmates were at various times used as munition stores, workshops, stables and garrisons and you can visit them and look out from the different openings down into the valley. Casemates are open daily March to November.

Casmates in Luxembourg Photo:

Casmates in Luxembourg

Unfortunately, the Casemates were just closing when we passed by so let’s continue along the road with views across the other valley to some of the museums that stand on the opposite plateau of Kirchberg. As we walk down the hill it is tempting to stop at the Beim Siggy brasserie with a sunny terrace bar overlooking the valley. Keen to get to the bottom of the valley for a river walk, we’ll continue, pausing briefly to investigate;

Gastro-stop #5 – Rives de Clausen

The old Mousel Brewery by the river has been repurposed to make a lively nightlife scene where 9 different themed bars and restaurants crowd into the old brick buildings overshadowed by the tall chimney. All is quiet as we pass by in the afternoon but later on you can eat, drink and be merry with live music and anything from Brazilian to gourmet dishes and Belgian beer to sophisticated cocktails. Rives de Clausen: 2, rue Emile Mousel

Rives de Clausen in Luxembourg Photo:

Rives de Clausen – the nightlife of Luxembourg

We continue our walk along the river over the arched stone bridge and through the lower part of the old town, known as the Grund. In these old buildings you’ll find a number of bars and cafes and although we don’t have time to stop at any of them on our walk, you might look out for;

Gastro-stop #6 – the cafes and restaurants of the Grund

Michelin star at Mosconi – If fine dining is your thing, you may like to reserve a table at Mosconi restaurant where the 8 course, Italian inspired set menu is served in an elegant dining room beside the river. Mosconi: 13 rue Münster

Café Des Artistes – If you’re after something more informal, try the cosy Cafe des Artistes nearby with vintage posters covering the walls and a piano where you’re invited to tinkle the keys and sing along. Café Des Artistes: 22 Montée du Grund

 Petrusse Valley in Luxembourg Photo:

Petrusse Valley in Luxembourg

Crossing the old arched bridge, we find the elevator that takes us back up to the upper level of the old town at the top of the cliff. If we decide to come back here in the evening, it runs until the early hours. After our walking tour of Luxembourg’s old city, there’s one further gastro-stop later in the evening when we’re off for dinner at;

Gastro-stop #7 – Chiggeri

In an old townhouse, down one of the narrow cobbled streets of the old town, you’ll find Chiggeri with dining experiences depending on your mood and budget. On the ground floor is a Moroccan style winter garden and cafe, serving ‘cuisine bourgeoise’ with plates of charcuterie and cheeses, tartiflette and steak tartare. We, however, climb the steep wooden stairs to the top floor with painted walls that seemed inspired by Maori tribal markings, combined with a sophisticated four course menu and accompanying wines. The restaurant boasts an entry in the Guiness book of records for its selection of over 2000 fine wines.

Restaurant in Luxembourg Photo:

Chiggeri Restaurant in Luxembourg

Today’s menu includes a skewer of grilled scampi garnished with black olive oil and crispy strips of onion, a main course of grilled red mullet on a bed of risotto and a desert of strawberries in a sweet crispy pastry shell. All quite delicious and with carefully matched wines recommended by our sommelier. This is the place to come if you want the fine food and wine in an informal setting without all the fanfare.

Chiggeri, 15, rue du Nord, Luxembourg

Restaurant in Luxembourg Photo:

Chiggeri Restaurant in Luxembourg

Where to sleep in Luxembourg

We stayed at Hotel Le Chatelet, in a smart residential area that was a 15 minute walk from the heart of the old town. The hotel is a large townhouse with a restaurant and panelled bar on the ground floor, a handy car park and 32 bedrooms on the two upper floors. The decor has a dark and trendy feel, with black walls combined with white and grey finishes and modern, industrial touches. The dark scheme was a bit love it or hate it and at times I felt I was in a night-club on the morning after the night before.

Hotel Le Chatelet in Luxembourg Photo:

Hotel Le Chatelet in Luxembourg

Our room on the second floor was perfectly comfortable, with the same dark colour scheme, warmed a little by the aubergine carpet. The bathroom was large with industrial looking plastic flooring and those mirror lights you see in theatre dressing rooms. With a curtained enclosure for a wardrobe, the room felt a little low budget compared to the elegant chandeliers and panelling in the public areas. The hotel will suit stylish city-break couples looking for a quiet and convenient base that’s an easy walk from the old centre.

Hotel Le Chatelet, 2 Boulevard de la Pétrusse.
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For more information to plan your visit to Luxembourg, head for the Visit Luxembourg website

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Hotel Le Chatelet in Luxembourg Photo:

Hotel Le Chatelet in Luxembourg

Our thanks to Visit Luxembourg who hosted our weekend stay and Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) who provided our airport parking.

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How not to eat badly in Venice

There’s a saying that if you eat badly in Italy you must be in Venice. Being something of a foodie myself, on my long weekend in Venice, I was determined to search out the best of Venetian food. I’m afraid to report, however, that my food experiences ranged from the average to the mediocre. Since Venice is such a tourist hotspot, and so many of the visitors are there for such a short time, it is all too easy for many businesses not to try too hard. Still with a little research and planning I think that you can find the best that Venice has to offer, so here are my tips to ensure that you don’t eat too badly in Venice.

Get well away from San Marco

The San Marco district and especially the area around St Mark’s Square is the tourist hub of Venice and is always packed with visitors. Many come for the day from a cruise ship or coach tour and just have time for the tick list sights of the Doge’s palace, San Marco Cathedral, climb the campenile and then a quick gondola tour or foray to the Rialto Bridge. I’m not saying it’s not possible to find a good restaurant in this area, but you are just as likely to stumble into one with a multi-lingual menu designed to service tourists only.

Seafood Pasta in Venice Photo:

Seafood Pasta in Venice

Better to venture into the less touristy districts such as Cannaregio, Arsenale or Dorsoduro where you will find more authentic wine bars and restaurants. The area around the Rialto market is good and has a number of good bacari (wine bars) plus it’s a feast for the eyes. Arrive in the morning when the fish is on sale to see the market in full flow; by lunchtime the market is winding down and stalls are packing up, although the fruit and veg stalls will be there for a little longer.

Linguine alle Vongole in Venice Photo:

Linguine alle Vongole in Venice

What to eat in Venice

If you’re not sure what to order we found that it was difficult to go wrong with a seafood pasta or pizza. It’s not terribly adventurous but tends to be the least expensive things on the menu if you’re on a budget. Local specialities to look out for are linguine alle vongole, the hot antipasti of mussels and clams and a risotto with black squid ink. The meat dishes that we eat at home such as lasagne and ravioli we found were disappointing.

If you are offered fresh fish, it may be priced by weight and you should take care to establish the cost in advance or you may find yourself landed with an unexpectedly large bill. This is a bit of a scam in the San Marco tourist restaurants where a big show is made of a whole fish cooked in salt which you discover later has a hefty price tag.

Pizza in Venice Photo:

Pizza in Venice

Other things to check are the cover charge which may add a few euros per person and a service charge which may be added on to the bill. Of course if you’d like to have that coffee at Florian in St Mark’s Square while listening to the musicians, you should do so knowing that it has a tourist price tag (the prices are clearly shown on the menu outside). Venice is a great place to try local Italian wines by the glass in a side-street wine bar and in the early evening you can join the locals in a bright orange Aperol Spritz, a Bellini or a glass of Prosecco.

Try the cicchetti or bar snacks in Venice Photo:

Try the cicchetti or bar snacks in Venice

Eat standing up

A custom that takes us Brits by surprise, but is quite the done thing, is to stand up or perch on a bar stool while having a drink and a snack with friends. Don’t be put off in the wine bars if there are only a few small tables and you have to rest your drink on a shelf along the wall. This is where you can order cicchetti, or small bar snacks which range from miniature sandwiches to dishes of salad and cold seafood. The ideas is to order a glass of wine and point at whatever dish looks tempting, then stay for another or move on to the next bar.

Artizan gelato in Venice Photo:

Artizan gelato in Venice

The stand up principle also applies to gelateria. Look for those that are artizan, which indicates the gelato is made on the premises, where you will often find a few small tables or stool to sit inside. The same stand-up approach can also apply at the Pasticceria where you can grab a coffee at the bar with a sweet pastry or cake. Generally eating or drinking standing up means that the price is cheaper since table service is not required.

Eat Venice food app

Before I visited Venice I downloaded the Eat Venice app onto my phone in the hope that I could find some more authentic places to eat. The app is by Elizabeth Minchelli whose blog about Italian food is also a great source of information about eating in Venice. I loved reading about all the great places to eat on this app but found that once we were there we invariably couldn’t find them or were too hungry to hunt around.

It’s certainly worth using the app to find out good food places in your neighbourhood, but don’t get too worried if you don’t find them, it’s better to use your eyes to judge whether a place looks authentic. If it’s busy, packed, full of Italians chatting with their friends, then it’s worth waiting for a table.

Rialto market in venice Photo:

The Rialto market in venice

Self catering in Venice

While there are plenty of apartments in Venice and indeed we stayed in one of them, although it seems to be a bit sad to always be eating in when you are in the midst of a living postcard. There are a few supermarkets in Venice but not really the convenience stores that you find in other cities. The culture is to eat out in a bar or restaurant and picnics are discouraged, in fact there seems to be a rule that they are not allowed. Still an apartment does mean you have the flexibility to make yourself the breakfast or lunch that you want, while perhaps eating out in the evening.

Food Tours in Venice

Another great way to get the feel of the local food culture is to take a food tour like the Rialto Market and Cicchetti wine bar tour with Walks of Italy. This tour takes you around the Rialto fish market and into the artizan food shops with a stop at three different local bars to taste the cicchetti as well as restaurant recommendations from the local guide. I wish that we had been able to take this tour as I feel sure that our food experience in Venice would have been improved had we been armed with some insider knowledge.

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Some more Venice recommendations

The Go with Oh apartment we stayed in was one that I won through Murissa’s blog at The Wanderful Traveller in the Passports with Purpose fundraiser. Murissa knows Venice well and kindly made me some recommendations of where to eat in Venice;

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
If you don’t mind your kids drinking a bit of prossecco and toasting to what an amazing city you’ve all traveled to then head up to the top of this hotel. There is a bar that has a picturesque pool and overlooks the entire city of Venice. Take the Zattere water bus stop over to Stucky.

Osteria Enoteca ai Artisti
You’ll find this recommendation in your Eat Venice app. Delicious and not too pricey food in a quaint location not far from where we stayed.

Al Mercà (Rialto market area)
One of my favourite cicchetti bars – cheap and amazing sandwiches (the prosciutto is my favourite!), delicious prossecco, and a view of the hustle of the market/canal. Standing room only.

All’Arco (Rialto market area)
Family run cicchetti bar where you can eat local foods for very cheap. Cicchetti are Venetian snacks for cheap and have been served for hundreds of years. I personally love the deep fried mozzarella with fresh sardines but stuffed zucchinni flowers are divine as well. Good for lunch – mostly standing room only when you visit cicchetti bars.

Do Spade (Rialto Market area)
Where Casanova frequented in the mid 1700s. Delicious cicchetti, wine and beer. Locals and tourists alike. Just go up to the counter order and find a spot. Not far from the Rialto Bridge/Market.

Book a tour of Venice

We highly recommend Walks of Italy who offer a number of different tours in  Venice and other parts of Italy, which are ideal if you are only visiting for a short time. You’ll have an expert local guide to show you around and can often skip the queues at key sites. We took the 2 hour Venice Boat Tour which took us down the Grand Canal and many of the smaller canals with views of the key sites of Venice including a visit to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore where we climbed the bell tower with amazing views of Venice. Read my review of the Walks of Italy Boat Tour here.

Where to stay in Venice

For our 3 day stay in Venice I rented an apartment with Go with Oh and was able to use the €250 voucher that I won with Passports with Purpose blogger fundraiser. We chose this apartment in the San Marco district since it was so well located for all the main sites.

Thanks to Murissa from The Wonderful Traveller who hosted this prize contributed by Go with Oh and and for her tips on what to see in Venice. Passports with Purpose is a really worthwhile organisation which supports a different cause each year and you can win some really fabulous prizes so it’s definitely participating.

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