A Paris Weekender: What To Do In Canal St-Martin

It was Canal St Martin’s colourfully cosmopolitan streets and cast-iron footbridges that stole viewers’ hearts in Amelie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 quirky Parisian blockbuster. These days the eclectic neighbourhood is a character unto itself – filled with shabby-chic bars, boutiques and hidden laneways. Take a stroll down the banks, devour some artisan cheese and watch the (extremely well-dressed) boho crowd walk by. Got 48 hours in Paris? Here’s some things to do in Canal St Martin.

Eat a renowned “escargot” pistachio and chocolate pastry at Du Pain Et Des Idees Boulangerie.
34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris, France
things to do in canal st martin Du Pain Et Des Idees Boulangerie

Pick up a fresh pineapple and mango juice at Bob’s Juice Bar.
15 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris, France

Buy some wine and cheese from Miam Miam and picnic along the banks of the canal.
6 Rue Thouin, 75005 Paris, France

Meander along the small footbridges like Amelie did in the film and gaze at all the canal love locks.
things to do in canal saint martin

Brunch and people watch at Chez Prune, an institution on the banks of the Canal.
36 Rue Beaurepaire, 75010 Paris, France

Get your caffeine buzz from Ten Belles or geek-chic Café Craft.
10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris, France
24 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris, France

Make a Dinner Reservation at charming Hotel du Nord and order the order something quintessentially French!
102 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris, France

Get some shut-eye at Le Citizen Hotel, Paris’ first “green” design hotel offering rooms with views overlooking the canal.
96 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris, France

Check your emails and collaborate with likeminded creatives at CRAFT co-working space.
24 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris, France
things to do in canal st martin paris craft co working space

Browse designer threads, handmade leather goods, books and jewelry at concept store Centre Commercial.
2 Rue de Marseille, 75010 Paris, France

Buy some vintage wares from the districts newest concept store, Babel.
55 Quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris, France

Pick some flowers for a friend at Bleuet Coquelicot, an elegant little florist on a cute canal side-street.
10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris, France
things to do in canal saint martin Bleuet Coquelicot paris

Salivate over the 27 euro lunch menu at Hai Kai, the canal’s coolest eatery created by popular tewenty-something chef Amelie Darvas.
104 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris, France

Stock-up on small-producer unrefined and unfiltered artisan olive oils at La Conservatoire de Cedric Casanova, a Sicilian epicerie which also accommodates five to eight lucky diners for a daily Sicilian picnic (reservations by email only).
casanova@latetedanslesolives.com (try to email in French)
14 Rue Sainte-Marthe, 75010 Paris, France

Reflect on the day and listen to some rock-n-roll over an original and innovating absinthe cocktail at Le Coq.
2 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75116 Paris, France
things to do in canal st martin le coq

AMW xx

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Featured photo by Pascal Benard Photographies