At a glance
Pack a picnic for a scenic lunchtime boat ride
Stroll along the promenade and feel the fresh mountain air
Stop by Villa Carlotta and its botanical gardens in nearby Tremezzo
Destinations in Cadenabbia
Top things to See and Do in Cadenabbia
Lido di Cadenabbia Beach Bar
The Lido di Cadenabbia is a popular beach bar right on the lakefront, with spectacular views across Lake Como. With its large swimming pool and garden area, you’ll find it easy to unwind and soak up the sunshine. Bar service is available for refreshing drinks and cocktails, and the restaurant dishes up fantastic pasta, gnocchi and seafood.
Try the pools
Since Cadenabbia is a small communinty, it’s not known for having spacious beaches. That said, both the Hotel Grand Cadenabbia and the Britannia Excelsior have excellent outdoor swimming pools, surrounded by loungers and parasols for relaxing in the sunshine.
If you’re happy to go a little further afield for a great beach, Menaggio and Bellagio both have beach clubs that are worth the trip. With man-made beaches, sun loungers, bars, restaurants and music, along with stunning views of the lake, you'll find it easy to get into the holiday spirit.
There’s no weekly market in Cadenabbia, so head up the coast to Menaggio to pick up a holiday bargain. The market is held on the second and fourth Friday each month, from around 9am to 1pm. A craft market also runs each Friday from 6pm to 10pm. In Lenno, 4km south of Cadenabbia, the lake’s largest market is held each Tuesday morning.
Shops in Cadenabbia are limited to a few convenience stores, and a traditional gift shop on the front. For a wider variety of shops, head to a nearby town such as Menaggio or Bellagio. And since many shops close in the middle of the day for a siesta, they tend to stay open until later in the evening.
For a great selection of traditional shops, gifts and well-known designer brands, take a ferry to Como town. Or to treat yourself to something really special, head to Milan, where designers including Dior, Louis Vuitton and Prada line the streets. It's the fashion capital of Europe, so you'll be spoilt for choice.
There’s nothing more relaxing than an evening stroll along the waterfront. Get yourself an ice cream from the local gelateria and watch the lights twinkling on the lake. Looking for a base for the evening? The Britannia Excelsior’s lakefront bar is ideal for a few drinks next to the water, with a great atmosphere and refreshing cocktails
Villa Carlotta frequently holds events and festivals throughout the summer months, including concerts and opera recitals. The villa is right next to Cadenabbia, just a couple of minutes' walk from the Grand Hotel, and can make for a memorable evening. For a lively bar atmosphere, head to the Vecchia Torre Bar, which often hosts karaoke and live music on Friday evenings. Bisbino Café is near Villa Carlotta and offers live music, DJs and karaoke throughout the week.
The area around Cadenabbia is home to a few lovely restaurants that line the waterfront, with fresh fish and pasta in abundance - so it won't be hard to find the perfect spot to watch the sunset. If you want a bit more choice, you can scout out a few authentic Italians in the larger town of Griante, or wander down the promenade to Tremezzo.
Mouthwatering menu at Risto Bar Company Vecchia Maiolica
Next door to the Hotel Britannia Excelsior is Risto Bar Company Vecchia Maiolica, a small place with painted frescoes on the walls and outdoor seating overlooking the water. You can pick from a menu of risottos, pizzas and pastas and finish with some gorgeous gelato.
Tea and scones at Bar Victoria
For tea served in a tea pot and covered with a cosy, head to Bar Victoria. This retro café, full of fun decorations and bathroom walls covered in amusing quotes, juts out over the lake and serves up lunches and light snacks, their speciality being homemade English scones. The pistachio ice cream is also a good choice.
Charming chefs at La Cucina della Marianna
With a terrace overlooking the water, La Cucina della Marianna creates beautiful dishes from a choice of set menus, which focus on either meat, fish or generational recipes (called 'Grandma's Menu'). The chef greets and speaks to his guests about the ingredients of each dish, as well as recommending wines for each individual course.