Orientation and Transport:
The Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood is nestled between Gare du Nord and Republique in Northeastern Paris, in the 10th arrondissement. The canal feeds into the Seine River in the South and the Bassin de la Villete and the Canal de l'Ourq in the North.
Main streets around the canal: Quai de Valmy, Quai de Jemmapes, Rue Beaurepaire, Rue Bichat.
Nearby: Republique, Belleville.
- Gare de L'Est (Lines 4 & 7)
- Republique (Lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11)
- Goncourt (Line 11)
- Jacques-Bonsergent (Line 5).
In the 19th century, the area was mostly occupied by working-class laborers. Only recently has it started to attract well-to-do professionals eager to snag apartments with views of the canal.
The canal and its surroundings were entirely reconstructed on set for Marcel Carné's 1938 film, Hôtel du Nord.
Boat Tours of Canals and Waterways:
Consider taking a cruise of the Canal Saint-Martin and Paris' underground waterways for a memorable experience. Particularly intriguing are the canal's lock systems, which fill certain stretches of the canal up with water at record speeds to allow passage of boats through otherwise too-low areas.
Eating, Drinking, and Shopping around the Canal Saint-Martin:
- Hôtel du Nord
102 Quai de Jemmapes
Phone: +33(0)140 407 878
The filmmaker Marcel Carné immortalized the Hôtel du Nord by reproducing its facade for his 1938 movie of the same name. Originally built in 1885 as a hotel serving mostly manual laborers, the Hôtel du Nord is now a bar and restaurant.
Ambience: A zinc bar, velvet curtains, low lamplight, and an extensive upstairs library give the former hotel a distinctly 1930s charm.
Highlights: You can nurse a drink on the garden patio, play chess, browse the library, or enjoy a simple meal prepared with fresh ingredients and conceived by celebrated chef Pascal Brébant. Guaranteed nostalgia.
Lunch: around 15 Euros (approx. $19).
Dinner: Between 15-30 Euros (approx. $19-$39).
- Chez Prune
71 Quai de Valmy
Phone: +33(0)142 413 047
Ambiance: Chez Prune is where trendy young Parisians go to see and be seen. This cheerful plum-colored bar and restaurant is constantly abuzz with chatter and music. The oddball deco includes objects made from recycled junk. A large terrace outside offers top-notch views of the canal during the spring and summer.
To eat: Chez Prunes bistro-style fare, if a bit expensive, is always tasty and includes artful salads, quiches, cheese plates, and plats du jour.
Drinks: 4-9 Euros (approx. $5-$12)
Lunch: around 15-20 Euros (approx. $19-$26) per person.
- The Pink Flamingo
67 rue Bichat
Tel.: +33(0)142 023 170
Indulge in a favorite neighborhood treat: get your pizza delivered canalside! A Franco-American couple co-owns the Pink Flamingo, a stylish joint where the pizza is reminiscent of some of the best New York-style slices.
The bonus: You can order your pie to go, take a pink balloon as proof of purchase, and relax on the banks of the canal. The deliveryperson will find you via the balloon.
Prices: Around 8-15 Euros (approx. $10-$19) per person.
- Antoine et Lili
95 Quai de Valmy
Tel.: +33(0)142 374 155
This quirky fashion boutique's bright yellow and pink facade is now an icon. Don't miss Antoine et Lili for the latest in kitschy urban fashion and campy "ethnic" threads. The "village" also includes a restaurant, bakery, and tearoom.