Welcome to the city of the Doges ! Want to spice up your sad weekends in Paris this winter? Direction Venice with its panel of trendy spots: far from the Dolce Vita cliché of Capri and Napoli , here is the perfect getaway to enjoy Italy in low season . Between two gondolas and a few cicchetti , the city is also a haunt for connoisseurs of art and social events, such as the Biennale of contemporary art , cinema and the Winter Carnival . A short tour of the most arty addresses for a dream stay in La Serenissima .
Where to put your suitcases?
The most romantic: Ca Maria Adele
The place: the promise of a trip to the Far East between silks, carnal odalisques and incense. The theme ? Eastern Venice , that of spices and the Silk Road, with a flood of bed linen embroidered with gold threads and Marco Polo -inspired tapestries . The ultimate crush? The Moorish bedroom and the Doge's bedroom , hyper theatrical, and above all the perfect spots to make your vacation hot with your boyfriend. Cool: the possibility of renting an entire loft to house all your smala, too chic! The must ? Breakfast worthy of room service at Blair Waldorf , with sublime porcelain and an XL menu.
Ca Maria Adele , dorsoduro 111 - 30123 Venice. Rooms from €250 per night.
More info on +39 041 52 03 078 .
Le plus fashionista : The Experimental building
The place: nestled in a neo-Gothic building on the quays of Zattere , this 4-star hotel is living proof that you can enjoy a luxurious experience without breaking your PEL. It gives a wildly Instagrammable bohemian luxury decor that plays with the codes of the city. Special mention for the extraordinary marble bathrooms and the cupboards filled with little touches to simplify your stay. The must ? The best minibar of your life with amazing cocktails ready to enjoy from your room.
Il Palazzo Experimental , Dorsoduro 1410-1412, 30123, Venezia. Rooms from €140. More info on +39 041 0980200.
© Patrick Locqueneux
Le plus arty : Venice Venice Hotel
The place: this is one of the most secret spots in the city frequented by the cool kids of the hype. Opened by Golden Goose designers and their gang of pals a year ago, the hotel offers twenty ultra-conceptual rooms that the hotel defines in a post-Venetian style . Understand: the height of snobbery and a highly intellectual place, marked by the new generation of fashionable architects and artists, from Joseph Beuys to Jannis Kounellis . The must ? A boutique, a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery , but also a restaurant and a cocktail bar , M'Art , it's all gathered at the foot of the hotel in a passageway open to the public.
The Venice Venice Hotel , Cannaregio, 5631, 30121 Venice. Rooms from €500 per night. More info on +39 041 0970300.
Good tables to reserve
For coffee and brunches: don't miss Caffé Florian , the mythical address of Casanova , Rousseau and Proust . A big hunger? We love the tea time between tramezzini at the top and a thousand sweet delights.
For lovers: Antinoo raises the barometer with hot hot hot dishes such as sour langoustines (€39), coral sauce topped with crispy caviar and cognac (€39), raw Catalan-style prawns (€42) or a risotto nero di seppia- lobster and crusco (€34) that will spice up your evening.
For gourmets: Il Refettorio excels in the art and manner of entertaining directly from a highly designer setting. To be enjoyed without moderation: prawn chips with baccala cream (€20), wagyu tartare - cucumber mousse with kefir and teriyaki (€20) or even langoustine ravioli in an oyster soup with coconut milk (€20 €). A delight!
For partygoers: Il palazzo Experimental never ceases to attract the whole of Venice with its Adriatica table , in homage to the flavors of the Italian East Coast. And after ? We rush to the hotel's private club , an ultra-secret star spot that cultivates the magic of Venice in a half- festa , half-flirt atmosphere between dimmed lights, a tailor-made playlist and crazy potions to drink until at the end of the night.
© Patrick Locqueneux
At the time of the aperitivo
Vino Vero , the spot for Biennale gallery owners: opened in 2014 by Mara, also a contemporary art curator, and her husband, Vino Vero renews the spirit of the typical Venetian tavern : a wow wine cellar and cicchetti , tapas delicious Venetian dishes with country ham, cod or octopus cream (€2.50 each). Cool: the window next door, which hides its club reserved for prestigious subscribers.
M'art, the table of the stars: with its terrace right on Canale Grande , M'art has one of the most stylish views of Venice to enjoy its Americano , the house's signature cocktail (€21) accompanied a nice platter (€29) and a lot of fritelle , the Carnival donuts to taste without hunger.
Harry's Bar for the more traditional: This is the social hotspot par excellence that cultivates a glam way of life between iconic cocktails and retro decor. Created in 1931 by restaurant magnate Giuseppe Cipriani , Harry's bar claims the invention of carpaccio and Bellini, a cocktail made with peaches and bubbles (€21).
The most cutting-edge cultural spots
Pinault Foundation : for its canonissime program spread over two exceptional sites, the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana which have marked the history of the city.
© Palazzo Grassi © Marlene Dumas
Palazzo Fortuny : Mario Fortuny is to Venetians what Paul Poiret is to Parisians: an early 20th century couturier with an exciting life marked by eccentric parties and oriental theater outfits. Immersion in the couturier's workshop but also his apartments where he lived a century ago in a crazy scene. Cool: the moodboard tables with all the samples of the collections still in perfect condition.
© Massimo Listri
Prada Foundation : Milan doesn't have a monopoly on stylish art foundations . And the Fondazione Prada proves it brilliantly in its Venetian headquarters and its insane exhibitions. Special mention for the palazzo and its Renaissance decor which is clearly worth the detour.
Shopping addresses to trust
Impossible to go back to Paris without his pair of furlanes. On your way to the Ponte dell'Accademia , take the time to visit the new flagship in Campo Santo Stefano of the historic brand of velvet shoes Piedàterre Venezia . We fell in love with the more refined pointed-toe models (€89), but also the new cashmere collection (€260), a must-have that everyone is snapping up. Here you are in the theme for Venetian olé-olé evenings. Piedàterre Venezia , Campo Santo Stefano, 2806, 30124 Venezia.
On the textile side, decoration enthusiasts can rush to Made in Italy household linen by Chiarastella Cattana . Timeless and refined nuggets like the wavy placemats in homage to Venetian architecture (€32) or the embroidered linen bath towels (from €18). An ode to the fascinating Venetian art of living and pieces to collect urgently in your wardrobe.
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Want to make the fun last? We extend our trip with a trip to Murano , to meet a lot of glass blowers and shop for tailor-made nuggets: glasses , carafes but also colorful jewelry or even on the island of Burano , just next door, famous for its historic lace making . The must ? The Wine Resort Venissa for a maximum of calm in a timeless place that cultivates well-being and local good food.
How to get there ?
Arriving at Marco Polo Airport , you will be spoiled for choice: taxi, train or bus. The most chic option remains the water taxi, a large gondola converted into a collective taxi which will drop you off at the nearest station to your hotel directly from the airport for the modest sum of €15. More info online .
Not to mention the option of the train with the direct Paris-Venice line for a slow travel style trip with the SNCF or Trenitalia of your choice.