From the moment I crossed the first bridge over Canal St. Martin, I knew it was love. This is where I wanted to live. From the romantic canal ways, the diverse, creative population, to the vibrant ever changing street art: it’s no surprise the Canal St. Martin is among the favorite neighborhoods in Paris. It attracts artists, Parisians, and tourists alike. Finally able to call the 10e arrondissement home, I find inpiration each day as the seemingly magical streets take on a life of their own. I’m pleased to share many of my findings with you.
Adding to our selection, I asked my friend and editor of Her Royal Majesty, Harriet Alida Lye to share a few of her favorite spots. Harriet, is a Canadian writer and has called the 10e home for several years. She always seems to have the skivvy on fresh, new addresses in Paris. Thanks Harriet!
The canal is home to many of the newest, hip coffee shops and bakeries in Paris. If you are coffee lover, there is no shortage of options. At Ten Belles (10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles) you’ll find two of the top barista’s in Paris, equally pleasing coffee and a wide array of organic, freshly made savory and sweet treats. The newly opened, cozy spot Tuck Shop (13 Rue Lucien Sampaix) also offers an organic menu as well as vegan/vegetarian options. Looking for a place to park with you laptop? Cafe Craft offers the perfect, quiet environment to plug in your laptop or share business ideas while enjoying an exquisite mug of Lomi joe. Or hop just up the street to Bob’s Juice Bar (15 Rue Lucien Sampaix) for a fresh juice. Cure your sweet tooth with a delicious, gluten free passionfruit/hazelnut tartlet at Helmut Newcake (36, rue Bichat). For a living room away from home, cozy up with a cappuccino and certainly taste one of their house made preserves at La chambre aux Oiseaux (48 Rue Bichat).
If shopping is on the agenda, then you’re in a for a treat. Dante & Maria‘s (3 Rue de la Grange aux Belles) selection of delicate semi-precious jewelry pairs exquisite window displays with the beautifully, romantic decor. Simply Breathtaking! Brought to you by the same owners, Pop Market (50 Rue Bichat) is packed full of novelties and is a perfect place to find gifts. Situated a stones throw from the canal, Loulou Les Ames Arts (104 Quai de Jemmapes) is a small vintage boutique with wonderfully chosen treasures. The collection of vintage hats, postcards and black and white photography will take you back in time. Lighten your carbon footprint at Bazar Éthic (25 Rue Beaurepaire), who’s soy candle collection will take you on a sensory journey. Behind the doors of Artazart (83 Quai de Valmy), you’ll find eye catching books, a gallery of art from local artists, and a unique selection of Lomo cameras. Careful, you may stay for hours!
The restaurant scene along the canal is an explosion of multicultural offerings. For an elegant night of exquisitely prepared French cuisine in a chic, yet friendly environment, Les Enfants Perdus (9 Rue des Récolletes) will surely please any palette. Another gem, Café Épicerie (38 Rue de Sambe et Meuse), choose from a selection of great beers and whiskeys, as well as a fresh, daily menu and hand made delicacies. If pizza is calling your name, fly over to Pink Flamingo (67 Rue Bichat). “L’Obama”, their grilled bacon and pineapple chutney pizza will rock your world. For a quick fix with out sacrificing quality, grab a mouthwatering takeout burrito at El Nopal (3 Rue Eugène Varlin). Or rather explore the holistic vibe of Sol Semilla (23 Rue des Vinaigriers). Buy some raw Cocoa or indulge in a superfood smoothie concoction. Need some ethnic flare? The Bobun at Le Petit Cambodge is off the chain! Mium!
For a little night life action, Chez Prune (36 Rue Beaurepaire) is a classic choice among locals for having an “apero” or cheese platter with friend before heading a late night spot. For a more exotic setting, walk across the bridge to Le Comptoir General (80 Quai de Jemmapes) to experience a delicious Secouse cocktail while searching through the shop of lost treasures. Walk up the street to Chez Adele (10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles) to enjoy live music and a setting that will have you thinking you’re in an episode of Twin Peaks! Try one of the amazing cocktails at Le Floréal (73 Rue du Faubourg du Temple) created by David, the Californian mixologist, who is a collector of artisanal spirits.
The list goes on. But surely this selection will take you on some unexpected adventures as you create your own memories along the Canal St. Martin. If you have any favorites that you’d like to add to the list, please let us know!!