Le Canal Saint Martin

  • Canal Saint Martin Paris

 Walk along the canal like Amélie Poulain

Le Canal St Martin has a bohemian vibe that attracts hipsters and trendsetters, students and models.

Sit in one of the shabby–chic bars and eateries emerging along its banks, or just park yourself on its quay walls and unpack a picnic. It’s very nice during the day, with the sparkling water and picturesque pedestrian bridges. When weather permits, it gets lively at night, attracting crowds that love to party at impromptu music and dance events.

Start from the rue Léon Jouhaux, near, the Place de la République and stroll towards the Point Ephémère (1,5km walk), a former Berlin style artists’ squat now turned into art and dance studios that host frequent exhibitions and concerts. In summer, its rooftop terrace opens, where you can enjoy a drink and lovely canal views.

The route is littered with interesting places to eat, relax and even sleep, including:

  • Café Craft (co-working space), which is also a great place to work. Grab a coffee and get online!
  • Ten-Belles for coffee and tasty sandwiches
  • Le Verre Volé for “charcuterie” (delicatessen) or a ceviche and good wine
  • Le Comptoir Général bills itself as a “temple to exoticism”, a fun and creative place where you can catch an alternative to mainstream music and performance. Just pop in and let it surprise you!
  • Le Citizen, a cute hotel with a tiny Japanese restaurant (see our tip)

You’ll be near to the rue de Marseille where you can take in some shopping at Centre Commercial, Agnes B., and A.P.C. (see our tips). Or drop into the best bakery in Paris (and that is saying a lot!) at Du Pain et des Idées. The bread and the escargots are to die for!

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