Exploring the Canal St-Martin

Bordered by shaded towpaths and criss-crossed with iron footbridges, Canal St-Martin wends through the city’s northern neighbourhoods. You can float by on a canal cruise, but strolling among this rejuvenated quartier’s cool cafes, one-off boutiques and hip bars lets you see why it’s beloved by Parisians of all ages, especially young creatives.

Rock 'n' Roll Fashion

Kick off on the boutique-lined rue Beaurepaire. One of the first designers to open up a store here was Liza Korn, whose collections range from rock 'n' roll fashion to a children's line.

Go Retro

Across the street, flip through colour-coded racks of brand-name cast-offs at vintage boutique Frivoli – among the best deals you'll find in the neighbourhood.

Culture Vulture

Local artwork is often on display at Espace Beaurepaire, a gallery and cultural centre that also hosts events such as book signings, pop-up concept stores and dance performances.

Canalside Cafes

Watch the passing boats from Chez Prune, the vibrant vintage cafe that put Canal St-Martin on the map.

Alternative Médecine

On rue de Marseille you'll find a clutch of famous Parisian brands but don't overlook Medecine Douce, a studio-showroom displaying gorgeous jewellery handmade on site.

L'Heure du Gôuter

Kids from the neighbouring school pour into the belle époque bakery Du Pain et Des Ideés at snack time, seeking out the lemon and blackberry escargots ('snails', so called because of the shape of the pastry), croissants and naturally leavened bread.

Say Cheese

If you're in need of supplies for a picnic on the canal quays, pop into local deli La Crèmerie for heavenly cheeses, cured hams, saucisson (dried cured sausage) and housemade jams.

Designer Books & Looks

Artazart is the leading design bookshop in Paris and, along with a fabulous collection of design and photography books in French and English, it stocks quirky collector's items such as pinhole cameras, sleek kitchen utensils and sunflowers from a bag.

Historic Hotel & Cafe

Hôtel du Nord is the setting for Marcel Carné’s 1938 film of the same name, which depicted the intersecting lives of the hotel's residents. The film was based on the stories of author Eugène Dabit, who once lived here. Today it's a cafe.

Key Features

  • Cool cafes
  • Vintage boutiques

Getting There

Metro Take lines 3, 5, 8, 9 or 11 to République.