Where to Eat Cheap & Best Local Food in Venice | Solo Travel
As a solo traveller, one of the most exciting aspects of visiting a new place is trying the local cuisine. However, eating out every meal can quickly add up and blow your budget, especially in a city as popular and expensive as Venice.
So, if you’re wondering where to find the best local food in Venice on a budget, do not worry! With some exploration and gaining local knowledge, I have shared some of the best places in the city to eat local and cheap food.
Bacaro is a traditional Venetian wine bar that serves small plates of food called Cicchetti (finger foods). These are similar to tapas; you can order them individually or as a sampler platter. Prices may vary, but you can usually find Cicchetti for around €1-2 each (depending on the type). Some popular Cicchetti options include baccalà mantecato (whipped cod), polpette (meatballs), and crostini (toasted bread with toppings).
In addition to Cicchetti, Bacaro serves wine by the glass or carafe at reasonable prices. It’s a great place to grab a quick and cheap meal while exploring the city. And, frankly, I don’t think it’s possible to explore Venice like a true Italian without visiting any of its bacaro.
Some of my favourites include All’Arco (the go-to place for Cicchetti), Cantinone Gia Schiavi (closed on Sundays), and Salvmeria (the new one in the city, which remains closed on Mondays). On average, a wine and Cicchetti meal should not cost you more than €25 for an individual. Also, keep in mind to carry cash for payment. Most of the bacaros in Venice do not accept cards.
Pro-tip: To find the best budget-friendly bacaro in the city of lagoons, talk to the locals and walk around the neighbourhood you chose to stay in. You never know. You might end up finding the hidden eateries of the city.
2. Ristorante Al Giardinetto da Severino
If you’re looking for some traditional Venetian dishes at affordable prices, head to Ristorante Al Giardinetto da Severino. It is a family-run restaurant that welcomes travellers with a homely vibe.
Although their menu changes daily, you can expect pasta, risotto, seafood, and grilled meats. You can also find several gluten-free meals here (a bonus, isn’t it?).
However, one of the best things about this restaurant remains its outdoor seating area, which is set in a beautiful garden. It is the perfect spot for a leisurely meal and a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Prices for main dishes range from €10-20. And an average meal for one cost around €20-30.
Location: Salizada Zorzi, 4928, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy (a few minutes from Libreria Acqua Alta)
3. Osteria da Fiore
No trip to Venice is complete without trying the city’s famous seafood. If you want to sample some of the freshest, most delicious seafood in the city without breaking the bank, go to Osteria da Fiore. It is one of the hidden gems of the city.
This casual seafood spot in the San Polo neighbourhood is known for its delicious fritto misto (mixed fried seafood) and its affordable prices. In addition, do try out their spaghetti with truffle (a personal favourite).
Although the prices are a bit higher than other options on this list, the food is worth every penny you spend here. Besides, you also get a tiny view of the canal as you dine-in in this place. Every good thing comes with a price, right?
Cost for one meal: Above €50
Location: S. Polo, 2202, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
4. Trattoria Al Gatto Nero
Planning a day trip to Burano? Then, Trattoria al Gatto Nero is a must-see on the island. And even if you do not plan to visit Burano, I would still highly recommend visiting this restaurant. Right from the service, food quality, affordability, setting, and location, this place hits the brief in every aspect.
The restaurant is known for its seafood dishes, which are made with fresh catches of the day and prepared in traditional Venetian style. Besides, their menu also features a selection of other Italian dishes and a wide variety of wines. Do try them out!
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite on the go or a sit-down meal, this restaurant is worth a visit for authentic Venetian seafood in a picturesque setting.
Cost for one meal: €20-40
Location: Via Giudecca, 88, 30142 Venezia VE, Italy
A Tip: Book your seat in advance. They remain full most of the time.
5. Osteria Alle Testiere
Another place to eat local food at a reasonable price is Osteria Alle Testiere. It is a cosy, unassuming restaurant tucked away in the Castello neighbourhood. And once you are here, you will surely not be disappointed.
Besides good food, this place’s ambience and staff are top-notch (not exaggerating). The interior will also give you a vibe of cute cafés of Venice. That means you get to experience both here. Make sure to reserve a seat, as Venice is always full of people.
Cost for one meal: €40-50
Location: Calle del Mondo Novo, 5801, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
6. Vini da Gigio
Vini da Gigio is a popular restaurant and wine bar in the Cannaregio neighbourhood of Venice. You will be surprised by its selection of Italian wines and its menu of classic Venetian dishes.
Try their razor clam, octopus specials, and spaghetti with clams. And to end your meal on a sweet note, I would say opt for the light and gooey cookies.
Cost for one meal: €20-40
Location: Sestiere, Calle Stua Cannaregio, 3628A, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
7. Mercato di Rialto
If you’re looking to cook your meals or want to try local produce, the Mercato di Rialto (Rialto Market) is the place to go. Nestled near the famous Rialto Bridge, this market is great for finding fresh and affordable fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood. Oh, and do not forget to try local specialities, like baccalà (dried and salted cod) and sarde in saor (marinated sardines).
In addition to the stalls, you can also find several super-cheap tasty food stands and street vendors around the market. It is a great place to grab a quick and cheap meal as you explore the city.
Point to remember for budget travellers: One of the best ways to save money on food in Venice is to opt for take-out or street food rather than eating at sit-down restaurants. Many delicious options are available, from traditional Venetian sandwiches to fresh seafood and pizza.
With that, we have come to the end of this post. You can enjoy delicious local food at prices that won’t break the bank. So don’t be afraid to venture off the beaten path and discover the culinary delights of Venice. You can always book a local food tour to taste the flavours of Venice.
Until next time, happy travelling!
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