Who hasn't seen Amelie? If you have seen it you probably have romanticised visions of Montmartre and recall the big iron bridges that cross the Canal Saint-Martin. The Canal-Saint-Martin is a superb location, now popular amongst students who like to come here to drink and picnic along the canal in the summer months, it's still not a spot that is often packed with tourists so it is worth exploring the neighbourhood if you're looking for another side of Paris. The location makes it perfect for students and fans of nightlife, and of course those who love strolling.
For a very laid-back picnic spot I recommend Canal Saint-Martin. Starting at metro République level and moving northwards, you will cross many cafés and take-away lunch spots, at least one person playing acoustic guitar and Jardin Villemin (for those who prefer a grassy enclosed area that is safer for kids). Further along, the Canal turns into Bassin de la Villette. This is where everyone plays “pétanque” in the evening and where I gather with friends for picnics before heading to one of the bars or nightclubs nearby.
A charming ancient but renovated facility. A very hip area.
The Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood in northeastern Paris is one of the most tranquil and picturesque spots the city has to offer. It also has some excellent shops, restaurants and coffee bars - head to any of Kraft, Ten Belles, Bob's Juice, The Sunken Chip and make sure you head to the best bakery in Paris, Du Pains et Des Idées (n.b. it's shut at the weekend).
This lovely canal is often overlooked by visitors. An atmospheric place for a stroll. Lined with shops and green space in the area near Republique.
Trendy neighborhood in Paris with lots of outdoor cafes, cool boutiques, young people and wonderful restaurants.
Urban waterway fans delight! This north-south extension of the Seine offers a bucolic setting, curbside fishing, and actual working lock system to allow boats and barges to pass through. If you aren't dazzled by this unique sight, you might just spot one of Paris' famous "bo-bo's" (short for bohemian bourgeious) who have gentrified this neighborhood in recent years.
Late Spring, all summer and early Fall this is a popular hangout for all Parisians. Great place to walk, or even run, if you wish.
Whether it is for a stroll along the canal, a picnic with some friends or to sit at a terrace and admire the view; discover this Bohemian charm in north east Paris. The Canal Saint Martin attracts a trendy crowd and offers a picturesque backdrop for a perfect night out for any time of the year.