Italian breakfast is straightforward and rather simple – something interesting I learned during our trip. Many Airbnb hosts were telling us that a typical Italian breakfast usually comes with a drink (coffee, milk or juice), a pastry, biscuits or cereal – sounds like a quick breakfast we’d do in Singapore! And surprisingly, a cooked breakfast isn’t the norm.
So after a few disappointing and unbelievably expensive breakfasts at local hotels (typically below 5 stars), when we were in Venice, we decided to stop paying for those uninspiring hotel breakfasts and explore the city early in the morning. During our morning photography session in Venice with Luka, we discovered Farini.
I remembered it was rather early in the morning, perhaps around 730 AM. And the store was filled with the scent of freshly brewed coffee and the enchanting buttery aroma of baked pastries was so inviting. Listening to my instinct, we made a stop and it was the best decision ever!
The racks and glass display counters were filled to the brim, with a wide array of artisanal bread, sweet pies and pastries. I couldn’t hide my excitement and quickly ordered something simple – as we still have a few more locations to shoot before crowds of visitors flocked to the nearby Rialto bridge. (by the way, it is only 3 mins. away from the cafe!)
It turns out to be super satisfying! Their warm, buttery croissant has a flaky exterior and is soft and pillowy inside. Their coffee was divine. You can taste the natural sweetness of the beans – Order their espresso if you’re a fan of this mini cup of gold liquid! I enjoyed it very much.
Coffee time in the morning is one of my favourite moments of the day. Be it a quiet morning all to myself, or a morning coffee session, just the two of us. Though we’d love to do slow morning coffee sessions every single day, the truth is we don’t have the luxury to do this as much as we can. Crazy mornings, working late, or house chores… you name it.
And I was glad that Luka managed to capture the wonderful serenity of our morning coffee time in Venice. The moments of contentment, happiness, and joy that are fully available to us but usually left unnoticed as we get busy, tired and depressed by the mundane daily routine. The photos would serve as a constant reminder that happiness is a daily choice in the time to come.
By the time we completed our photoshoot and walked passed Farini again, it was already 1130am. The cafe was bustling! Trays of freshly baked pizza filled the racks, and they look really appetizing. As we had plans at the 300-year-old Caffè Florian, we gave Farini’s pizza a miss. But according to our local photographer Luka, Farini’s pizzas are amazing and judging from our breakfast experience in the morning, you should totally give it a try!
Calle Seconda de la Fava, 5602, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 9pm