Venice is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world which also makes for an incredible place for food lovers. This floating city allows you to enjoy the original taste of Venetian cuisine that’s more than just pizza and pasta.
If you like Italian ice cream, then gelato is something that you can’t miss in Venice. It’s basically the Italian version of traditional ice cream and one of the country’s greatest cultural contributions and perfect on a hot summer day!
There are countless options in the city where you can find this frozen Italian treat, making it a bit daunting to choose the best gelato. But fret not, I’ve got you covered with this list of the best gelato in Venice.
Gelateria Ca’ d’Oro
Gelateria Ca’ d’Oro has been serving the Venice community with its flavorful gelatos for more than 30 years. Located on Strada Nova, a busy “calle” that links the train station with the Rialto, this small gelateria offers some of the biggest gelato portions in the city.
Just stepping into Gelateria Ca’ d’Oro, you’ll see they only seasonal flavors and natural ingredients, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a vast array of flavors to choose from. From honey and sesame ricotta to salted caramel to green tea, plus all the main stays done to perfection. This small shop really one of the best gelato places in Venice.
I SCREAM FOR 😱🍨 : The fresh fruit flavors are killer. I had the pear sorbet – it’s other worldly!
- Address: Strada Nova, 4273/b, 30121
Bacaro del Gelato
Don’t love the hustle and bustle of Venice? Then head to Bacaro del Gelato! Located in the less-trafficked district of Cannaregio, on Fondamenta Misericordia, and a short walk from the Jewish Ghetto, the Bacaro del Gelato is all about a perfect balance of creaminess, flavor, and sweetness, making some really great gelato!
Here, you’ll find about 20 different flavors of this frozen dessert to choose from. But what I recommend you to try is Cremino al Pistacchio because it’s in a league of its own, served with pistachio cream and dark chocolate. It’s undoubtedly one of the best gelatos I’ve ever tried.
I SCREAM FOR 😱🍨 : Before visiting Bacaro del Gelato, consider going to Vino Vero, which is literally located right next door to enjoy some of the best cicchetti in Venice.
- Address: Fondamenta de la Misericordia, 2499, 30121
La Mela Verde
You might pass La Mela Verde, sitting right next to the Rio di San Provolo canal, if you didn’t see the line outside. If you enjoy creamy ice cream, this will be one of your favorite destinations in the Castello are of Venice.
The best thing about the place is that it creates a unique gelato blend using whole Italian milk. Some of the best flavors to try at La Mela Verde include seasonal sorbets like white peaches and strawberries and ricotta with Sicilian pistachio.
Get it piled into an ice cream sandwich, aka Panino gelato, or enjoy it on a cone, the taste at La Mela Verde never disappoints.
- Address: Fondamenta de l’Osmarin, 4977A, 30122
Gelateria il Doge
Unlike the name implies, Gelateria il Doge is nowhere near the Doge’s Palace. Instead, it’s located near the lively Campo Santa Margherita, one of the favorite spots for the city’s many university students.
I personally loved their signature flavor, Crema del Doge gelato flavor, which is covered in candied orange and chocolate orange sauce. The orange did remind me of the children’s aspirin of my childhood, but I loved it! Plus their special Modica chocolate flavor made with chili peppers!
You can enjoy their tasty gelato even if you follow a special diet as they offer gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free versions as well.
- Address: Dorsoduro, 3058/A, 30123
If you’re strolling around Rialto Bridge, don’t miss the chance to try Gelatoteca Suso, the most famous gelato in Venice thanks to TikTok. You can never witness this place without a long queue of locals and tourists waiting for their turn to serve their taste buds.
This gelateria will welcome you with its inviting and warming atmosphere and you can enjoy more than 20 different flavors for your sweet fix. The most popular flavor at Gelatoteca Suso is their signature Suso which is served with double caramel and toffee.
But if that doesn’t suit, you can go with Marosticana (served with black cherries, almonds, and pistachio), Opera (Piedmontese hazelnut), and Manet (mixture of hazelnuts and chocolate covered with salted pistachio). It’s worth the wait!
- Address: Sotoportego de la Bissa, 5453, 30124
Gelateria Nico is one of the oldest gelaterias in Venice and has been serving the Zattere since 1935. Unlike most gelaterias mentioned in this list, Gelateria Nico is one of the only gelato shops with a water view!
They serve gelato in parfait glasses harkening back to the pre-plastic cup era! If you’re lucky and find an empty spot on the terrace, grab it to eat your gelato while enjoying stunning views of the Redentore Church overlooking the Giudecca canal!
Frappé di Gelato is one of the most popular gelato flavors at Gelateria Nico. It’s made with whipped cream, gelato, and milk. You can also get it topped with seasonal items such as Amarena cherries in syrup!
I SCREAM FOR 😱🍨 : If you’re visiting Venice in summer, consider adding dipped popsicles to your order. It’s the gelateria’s specialty that you should never miss..
- Address: Fondamenta Zattere Al Ponte Lungo, 922, 30123
If you’re tired from visiting the Piazza San Marco or the Doge’s Palace and want to indulge in some really good gelato, there is no better option than Gelato Fantasy. While you can order any flavor at this place to enjoy great taste, some of the best flavors to try here include KitKat, Alps’ Yogurt, Oreo, Nutella, Sacher, and Cheesecake.
Gelato Fantasy also offers a wide range of dairy-free and vegan-friendly options for people following a special diet. Other than ice cream, this gelateria also offers great fruit centrifuges, smoothies, waffles, and crepes.
- Address: S. Marco, 929, 30124
If you’re strolling around the busy calle of the Castello district, consider visiting Gelateria Gallonetto. It’s a local favorite that offers more than 10 different flavors made with seasonal fruits and fresh milk. Unlike other gelaterias in the city, you won’t be able to see gelatos on the counter. That’s because they’re kept in canisters to keep the dessert soft by maintaining the temperature and letting in less air.
If you like the intensity and taste of pistachio, then go with simple pistachio gelato at this place. It’s made with a special type of pistachios, called Bronte Pistachio, which is transported from Sicily. Every gelato flavor at Gelateria Gallonetto feels extra creamy and rich and it’s one of the best in town.
I SCREAM FOR 😱🍨 : The chocolate sauce filled cones!!
- Address: Salizada S. Lio, 5727, 30122
Gelato di Natura
Established in 1982, Gelato di Natura has become one of the most popular local gelaterias in Venice. It’s a family-owned gelateria that now operates multiple locations in the city.
While all of their flavors are great, a couple of the best options that you must try include delectable figs and walnuts, and dark chocolate. You’ll also find a few vegan-friendly gelato flavors to choose from.
Also they use only fresh ingredients, plus Fabbri products in their Mint-Chocolate chip flavor and Amarena – not to be missed, making it one of the best gelato shops in the Santa Croce district.
- Address 1: Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio, Santa Croce, 1628, 30135
- Address 2: Cannaregio, 4454, 30121
Most people don’t expect to find a gelateria in Venice that’s called Alaska, as these destinations are about halfway around the globe from each other.
This gelateria is just as laid-back and relaxing as its surroundings. But don’t let the dressed-down appearance and mellow vibe of this place fool you.
Despite the cartoonish gelato statue and sun-bleached striped awning, the Gelateria Alaska has its own unique class of gelatos, served with generous scoops and bold flavors. Along with seasonal fruit options, this gelateria also offers vegetable flavors such as celery, ginger, artichoke, basil, fennel, avocado, and even turmeric.
The owner Carlo Pistacchi is daring enough to create sophisticated gelatos using these ingredients to serve their guests uniquely. Whether you follow a normal diet or are gluten intolerant or vegan, you’ll find a gelato flavor in Gelateria Alaska that suits your style.
- Address: Calle Larga dei Bari, 1159, 30135
The cherry on top!
No trip to Venice is complete without eating Italian gelato. Remember, original gelato doesn’t contain any artificial flavoring, coloring, or preservatives. So, steer clear of such varieties.
I hope this guide will help you with your noble quest to find the best gelateria in Venice!
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