Canal Saint-Martin

In this casually hip neighborhood, all you need to enjoy a long evening is a tall glass of wine.

Canal Saint-Martin attracts sundry crowds. Model-types pose along the canal’s banks while unshaven philosophers ruminate waterside and demure couples dine at brightly colored boulangeries. Canal Saint-Martin’s conspicuous lifestyle contrasts its residential attributes—simple rectangular windows scale the neighborhood’s utilitarian apartment buildings. As a place to see and be seen, Canal Saint-Martin is especially popular with angst-ridden university students—it’s the perfect setting for finding oneself while watching others.

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On the Map

Canal Saint-Martin is within X Arrondissement and bordered by Opéra - Grands Boulevards, Gare du Nord - Gare de I'Est, République, La Villette, XI Arrondissement, and Buttes-Chaumont - Belleville

Charles-De-Gaulle Airport: About 50 min by Subway (40 min by taxi)
Orly Airport: About 40 min by Subway
Châtelet-Les-Halles: About 15 min by Subway
Eiffel Tower: About 35 min by Subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

See and Be Seen Along Paris' Coolest Canal

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The Canal St Martin attracts more Parisians than tourists to its arched bridges and concrete banks.

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Stylish university students and well-read bohemians dangle their feet as they watch the day pass.

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The Canal St Martin serves as Paris' runway outside of Fashion Week.

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Despite its constant influx of visitors, the canal remains charmingly calm.

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Its shaded spaces and hidden enclaves are best suited to quiet contemplation.

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Nightfall along the Canal St Martin redefines The City of Light.

Canal Saint Martin is very vibrant, it has so many cute cafés, bars, and shops... It felt just like the Brooklyn of Paris!"
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Isabelle

Visited in 2013

A Local Atmosphere Around the Canal

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High-fashion boutiques, scholarly book shops, and casual cafes speckle the banks along Canal St Martin.

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Depending on the weather and the time of day, Canal St Martin can get crowded.

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When you're seeking solace away from the noise, head to one of the local haunts on Quai Valmy.

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The neighborhood is remarkably situated, just a stone's throw from the bustling city center and sites."

Street Art, Parties, and Festivals

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The canal's banks are more than walls to keep the water in.

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Artists, performers, and protesters utilize its banks as canvases, stages, and platforms for public expression.

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Le Point Ephémère is a popular spot to host exhibitions, concerts, and public parties.

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We're waiting on the invite.

The Canal area is one of the most sought-after quarters of Paris and over the past 5 years it has become the trendiest place to live for all the creative professionals. During the warm period (June to September) it is definitely one of the best places to enjoy lovely sunny afternoons and evening picnics."

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Oliver Knight

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Oliver Knight is a freelance photographer who divides his time between two bases in Paris and London. Upon graduation from Camberwell College of the Arts he began shooting for a number of editorial clients. A decade later he has harboured numerous long standing professional relationships regularly shooting editorial features for magazines, travel guides and inflight publications. When not behind the camera he enjoys cycles along the French coast and watching the world go by from his favourite cafe terraces with a cup of tea close at hand.