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The Perfect Weekend Along Paris’ Canal St-Martin

Canal St Martin and Quai de la Seine Paris

Quai de la Seine

Every Sunday the city of Paris inhales deeply, taking a short break to live life at a different rhythm as shops close and entire neighborhoods are labeled pedestrian zones. Museums and monuments become a refuge for art lovers and sight-seeing tourists, while many Parisians head for the greener pastures of local parks.

A weekend along Paris' Canal Saint-Martin, an upcoming neighborhood with markets, boutiques, cafes, and more

A weekend along Paris' Canal Saint-Martin, an upcoming neighborhood with markets, boutiques, cafes, and more

Hôtel du Nord; Le Comptoir Général

The 15th-century canals in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, Canal St-Martin and Canal de l’Ourcq, are great areas to slowly drift into the relaxing weekend beat. Start your day at the Marché de Joinville, where vendors announce prices for perfect picnic pickings. If the day has promised sunshine, rent an electric boat from Marin d’Eau Douce and head north, swans to port and cormorant starboard as you savor your market fare and take in the display of the local street art scene unfolding in this urban countryside.

A weekend along Paris' Canal Saint-Martin, an upcoming neighborhood with markets, boutiques, cafes, and more

Quai de Seine; Le CENTQUATRE

Back on land, take advantage of the area’s pedestrian zone and walk south from the Quai de la Seine to the Quai de Valmy, crossing the awe-inspiring half-moon bridges featured in the movie Amélie. Barges still ply these waters and crowds form to watch the bucolic drama as the locks go into action. By 2pm the area is packed with stroller-pushing parents and shops are allowed to open, including Artazart, one of the world’s best design book shops, the trendy outlet shops on the rue de Marseilles, and the arty cinema store, Potemkine, on rue Beaurepaire.

A weekend along Paris' Canal Saint-Martin, an upcoming neighborhood with markets, boutiques, cafes, and more

A weekend along Paris' Canal Saint-Martin, an upcoming neighborhood with markets, boutiques, cafes, and more

Artazart; Quai de la Seine, Le CENTQUATRE

If clouds threaten to rain out the day, enjoy your lunch on a park bench in Le CENTQUATRE, safe from the elements. Once the city’s morgue, this industrial space is now a dynamic art-themed community center where the city’s youth come to practice their hip-hop moves. Libraries pop up, vintage shops roll in, and amazing events just seem to happen. After your rainy-day picnic, catch a movie at the MK2 cinema, using the free water taxi to make your way across the canal.

A weekend along Paris' Canal Saint-Martin, an upcoming neighborhood with markets, boutiques, cafes, and more

Le CENTQUATRE

End your afternoon with an apéro at the Hôtel du Nord, the setting of the eponymous 1938 classic film, or grab a bar stool at the Ghetto museum of hip Le Comptoir Général.

A weekend along Paris' Canal Saint-Martin, an upcoming neighborhood with markets, boutiques, cafes, and more

Hôtel du N0rd

Marché Joinville – Place de Joinville 75019. Tel: +33 (0)1 43 24 74 39

Marin d’Eau Douce – 37 Quai de la Seine, 75019. Tel: +33 (0)1 42 09 54 10

Artazart – 83 Quai de Valmy, 75010. Tel: +33 (0)1 40 40 24 00

Potemkine – 30 Rue Beaurepaire, 75010. Tel: +33 (0)1 40 18 01 81

Le CENTQUATRE – 5 Rue Curial, 75019. Tel: +33 (0)1 53 35 50 00

Hôtel du Nord – 102 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010. Tel: +33 (0)1 40 40 78 78

Le Comptoir Général – 80 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010. Tel: +33 (0)1 44 88 24 48

A weekend along Paris' Canal Saint-Martin, an upcoming neighborhood with markets, boutiques, cafes, and more

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Artazart; Canal St-Martin

Related links:

  • Check out Haven in Paris’ newest three-bedroom property in the fabulous Canal St-Martin neighborhood.
  • Another great place to head on weekends is the Bois de Boulogne, filled with gardens, walking paths, and lakes on Paris’ western side.
  • Emma takes a more in-depth look at Le Comptoir General, the Ghetto Museum along Canal St-Martin.

Written by Sylvia Sabes for the HiP Paris Blog. All images by Palmyre Roigt. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Written by Sylvia Sabes

Sylvia SabesSylvia is thrilled to be a French citizen, living in Paris where she writes ad copy for brands like Cartier, Hermès and L'Oréal while raising two teens and learning to share life with a Frenchman. You can read more of her adventures in Paris and across the globe on her website, Only In Paris.

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3 Responses to “The Perfect Weekend Along Paris’ Canal St-Martin”

  • Genia says:

    Love your post on Canal St-Martin and especially in love with Artazart book store. Any ideas on a library in Paris where I would be able to find some design books to borrow? Thanks!

  • priyanka says:

    Such a splendid post , and the pictures the stunning .

  • Matt says:

    Canal St.Martin is one of my favorite spots. Also read about it on the noworriesparis.com site. Some interesting new restaurants (kind to the pocketbook) are in the area too.

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