Erbaria

Market / Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Plaza
Erbaria Produce and fish market by day and casual meeting place by night, the three squares that make up the Erbaria on the San Polo side of the Rialto Bridge create an informal meeting place for young locals and visitors alike. Venice Italy 45.4388043 12.3357094
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Erbaria - Market | Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Plaza in Venice.
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Party Earth Review Produce and fish market by day and casual meeting place by night, the three squares that make up the Erbaria on the San Polo side of the Rialto Bridge create an informal meeting place for young locals and visitors alike... ... read full review

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    24/7

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Erbaria Review

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Produce and fish market by day and casual meeting place by night, the three squares that make up the Erbaria on the San Polo side of the Rialto Bridge create an informal meeting place for young locals and visitors alike.

Produce and fish market by day and casual meeting place by night, the three squares that make up the Erbaria on the San Polo side of the Rialto Bridge create an informal meeting place for young locals and visitors alike.

At the center of the city’s daytime commercial and tourist activity, the bustling Erbaria begins to transform around twilight with the arrival of a gregarious pre-dinner crowd of young professionals.

In competition with Campo Santa Margherita as Venice’s prime social environment, the Erbaria may have one up on its “big sister” due to its more compact quarters that naturally create a denser and more inviting environment, especially in the evening when it fills with alternative and artsy students.

Most of the small bars and cozy restaurants in the area offer outdoor seating and serve delicious cicchetti (finger foods) and spirits, creating a vibrant atmosphere perfect for barhopping.

However, because the squares are so small – and there are rarely enough chairs to go around – the crowd often congregates on the piazza steps and around the closed market stands to chat, drink, and occasionally play music.

This festive yet laid-back vibe continues even in the colder months as tight huddles of friends pack the square to share laughter and body heat, ensuring the Erbaria is a lively gathering place year round.

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Tip from Emma:

Most of the action is outside, circulating among the handful of bars in the historical market setting, so it’s easy to sample the entire festive scene. Walk to the tip of the square by the Grand Canal for a stunning view of the Rialto Bridge glowing in the moonlight.

  • Crowd

    Predominately young professionals and artsy good-humored students, late teens to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Occasional music festivals in the square feature live bands, mostly local but with some appearances by national or European bands. Music tends to be alternative, indie rock, reggae, or ska.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Traditional Venetian cicchetti. Due to city regulations, bars are not allowed to serve bottled beer after 10pm, so all drinks are served in plastic cups.

  • Prices

    Cicchetti €1.20–€4. Beer €2–€4, wine €1.50–€3.50, Venetian spritz €2.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Best between 6 and 9pm for pre-dinner drinks and appetizers, or after 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

Erbaria User Reviews

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Tara R. Dec 9, 2012
I can’t speak to the nightlife here because most of my nights tended towards the Campo Santa Margherita direction, but I loved coming here during the day to set up shop outside the church and people-watch. There’s always a parade of interesting characters meandering through, whether tourists discharged from their hotels or muttering locals stomping across the square. One afternoon my traveling companion and I were introduced to an old, withered Venetian man who wanted to “show us” Venice. He ended up walking with us around the city for an hour, telling us about various historical events and little-known facts of some of the calles—just one of the quirky traveling experiences in Italy that keeps you coming back for more.
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