How to survive Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 in style

With 61 national pavilions exhibiting as part of this year’s  15th Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, you are invited to a fest of creativity. The theme of his exhibition, Reporting From The Front, aims to shine a light on global issues that architects have the power to influence or solve yet, Venice which is known as La Serenissima – the most serene one is a city of marvelous beauty.“Put The Gritti Palace on speed dial, as this ritzy flopspot hits the art target with suites honouring and inspired by aesthetic icons including patron Peggy Guggenheim, art historian John Ruskin and interior designer Angelo Donghi” writes Luxe City Guides. “Occupying a perf Grand Canal posi, the Gritti offers direct agacqua access with its tricked-out Riva Yacht, ideal for a spot of creative exploration. Zip over to the Arsenale or cruise the canals to see Venice’s gorgeous churches.

When it’s time to refuel, Jules, Venezia’s answer to finger-licking canapés, chicheti, is calling. Nip down a narrow alley behind San Marco in search of Osteria da Carla for fabby bar-side bites like bacalà mantecato, creamed cod on a bed of polenta – yumsome.

Appetite and whistle whetted, make tracks for Corta Sconta, where you’ve had the good sense to reserve a table in the vibey, vine-covered courtyard. The seafood antipasti go-to for those in the know, this tiny Castello trat also serves up a mean vongole allo zenzero (clams with ginger).


Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little more glam, strap on those Rene Caovillas and stiletto-step over to the city’s prima piazza. Nope, no orchestra dining for you; head inside Caffe Quadri to the Mich-spangled FROW resto-with-a-view. Helmed by the Alajmo brothers of Padova’s tri-star Le Calandre, Quadri offers four spectac tasting menus executed by cucina capo Silvio Giavedoni, but keep your eyes on the Laguna menu that features flip-fresh fish sourced straight from the sea. Finally, reward yourself with a post-prandi at Starck’s sultry PalazzinaG” suggests Luxe. So park your Valentino and order a Martinez.


“Didn’t you do well, darling?”

For more info & photos check out the LUXE Venice guide.

La Serenissima’s Address Book

The Gritti Palace, Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, San Marco, Venice, +39 041 794 611,

Osteria da Carla, Calle Corte Contarina 1535, San Marco, Venice, +39 041 523 7855,

Corta Sconta, Calle del Pestrin 3886, Castello, Venice, +39 041 522 7024,

Quadri, Piazza San Marco 120, San Marco, Venice, +39 041 0522 2105,

PalazzinaG, Ramo Grassi 3247, San Marco, Venice, +39 041 528 4644,