Peony Lim – My Venice


London-based blogger Peony Lim travels the world sourcing unique pieces for her online boutique and blog. Just in time for the Venice Biennale – that started in June and goes on until October – we asked Peony where she loves recommending people to travel & she picked Venice, so read on for Peony’s guide to Venice.

What inspired you to visit Venice?
I have always loved the city and have been visiting there since I was a child. I feel sad now if I don’t make it there every year.

Describe what makes it special in a sentence?
It has so much history. Everywhere you look is beautiful and unique. The food is amazing and so is the shopping! The more you visit the more you fall in love with the backstreet cafes and boutiques.

What is Venice best for?
There is something in Venice for everyone. Family can do all the tourist stop, there are enough museums, galleries and cultural events to entertain everyone. Equally in the summer stay in a hotel with a pool and enjoy the sun and the shopping.

Peony’s Venice Packing List

Peony’s Little Black Book

Where Best to Stay: The Gritti for pure Venetian luxury. If you can – have the pool suite, otherwise an apartment is great too, and make sure to have dinner or an aperitivo with a stunning Grand Canal view.

The Bauer Il Palazzo is more traditional and has the most amazing views across to Santa Maria Della Salute, through traditional Venetian glass windows or on the terrace is the weather’s working in your favour.

Baglioni Hotel Luna Venice has the perfect location – just off San Marco Square, with views across one of Venice’s few parks and the lagoon. The food is delicious, particularly the home-made pasta.

The Gritti Palace. Credit: Condé Nast Traveler

Where’s Best for Daytime Eating: Harry’s Bar is famous but it lives up to the hype. Take a seat in the corner and soak in the locales lunching.

I’m obsessed with the sandwiches at the Bar Rialto da Lollo, I try and eat there at least twice when I’m in town!  They wrap them into swirls of soft white bread, or you can build your own from the selection of vast meats etc in the glass counter. Don’t be fooled by the basic look of this place, it’s heaven. (Not to mention there is one of the few public loos nearby).

Have breakfast at the Cafe Florian – it’s empty and fabulous.

Guggenheim Venice. Credit:

Where to Go for Dinner: The Terrace of the Gritti Its view over the canal is unmatched. The food at The Baglioni is good too

Where best for a sun-downer cocktail: Stop in to one of the many cafes and join the locals for an aperol

Where to go for a culture hit: I love the Guggenheim

Best place for outdoor downtime: The Cipriani Hotel

Where to go for a day trip: The Lido

One experience you can’t miss while you’re there: The Vaperetto, its simple but take one trip down the Grand Canal and let me know if it doesnt leave you speechless!

For a view you’ll never forget (to Instagram!) head to… The Rialto bridge

Rialto bridge. Credits: