Travel Germany. A coffee date in Dresden

I had never been to Dresden before and went there to meet a friend from Canada for coffee and cake. Dresden is the capital of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. The city is standing on the River Elbe, some kilometers from the Czech border and the fear of floods is always present. Not sure whether I have ever seen people in the streets with such a grim expression. It is a sunny Friday afternoon, the weekend is nigh, and people should have been dancing in the streets out of sheer joy (to be alive). The waitress also gave a comedic performance while serving our coffees. She probably does not realize how brilliant she is at being cold and uncommunicative.

Dresden - prefabricated slab construction

After having coffee and cake we went for a little walk on the deserted high street (Hauptstrasse in German). The shopping strip consists of mainly five-story residential buildings, in prefabricated slab construction with shop fronts on the ground floor. I was totally captivated by this building below. Its architecture is dreadful I readily admit to that ... but also eerily interesting at the same time. 

What really caught my attention was the name on the neon sign over the shop. To me it feels like in the past most ice-cream parlours in Germany were named Venezia. Were there even places without one?

Dresden. Germany. Architecture. Ice-Cream parlour, Plattenbau, brutalist architecture

Have you ever been to an ice-cream parlour named Venezia? What is the most popular name for ice-cream parlours in your part of the world? Even better, do you run an ice-cream place named Venezia? Why is that? Please explain.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

From Berlin with love