From now until the end of time, I will continue to get lost in the Grand Canal Shoppes; which is alright, because the consequences are as dire as getting lost in Venice itself: ultimately, you will find a delightful “al fresco” dining opportunity beneath the trompe l’oeil sky (whose lighting conveniently changes over the course of the day so you do feel you’re outside). My favorite is Mario Batali’s Otto, where I will make entire meals from antipasti verdure and watch the crowds. Go to the Palazzo side, and you’ll love the two-story Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens and bright natural lighting. Along with all the usual high-end fashion suspects, I love to take a gander inside Bauman Rare Books, which carries books as old as the 15th century.
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