Located in Northeastern Paris, Canal St Martin is one of the most famous neighbourhoods in Paris. It is a magnificently peaceful, almost bohemian treasure in Paris, where people congregate to picnic, strum a guitar and enjoy the sense of community and relaxation which seems to cling to the canal. Canal St Martin is a really green area of Paris, and the looping footbridges which emerge from the trees on either side of the canal certainly do not detract from the romantic image of Paris!
Canal St Martin, Paris, is a place where smart Parisians retreat to for a spot of peace. Walking, cycling or rollerblading along the canal’s tow paths are almost national pastimes, and the combination of peaceful scenery and small city crowds are irresistible. On Sundays, the streets of Quai de Valmy and Quai de Jemmapes which run parallel to the canal are reserved for pedestrians and cyclists, making Canal St Martin even more agreeable. There are also some fantastic boat trips along the canal and further along the Seine which offer both a great way to spend an afternoon and a new perspective on the wonderful city of Paris. Embarkation points are usually found around the Musee d’Orsay.
Atmospheric cafes and highly social bars line the streets of Canal St Martin, and nothing is rushed. Whether you would like to mix with the smartest and most eligible young Parisians or nurse a cup of coffee over a game of chess, there will be your dream café somewhere along the streets of Canal St Martin. Mixed in-between the cafes and bars are a number of fabulous Paris fashion boutiques and shops, many selling Canal St Martin’s forte, fine china.
The Place de la Republic is a great place to visit in Canal St Martin. There is a building in the square which depicts the history of the French Republic. You cannot fail to miss it, as it is a monumental bronze building topped by a large statue!
It would be hard not to venture into Paris city centre from a self catering apartment in Canal St Martin. There are so many attractions in the centre of Paris, which is just a short walk from accommodation in Canal St Martin, that it would be hard to resist a quick trip to the Champs Elysees, the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower.
Paris is exceptionally well connected to the UK, especially London. There are regular flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Paris Orly (ORY) from across Britain, as well as regular trains through the Channel Tunnel. Once in Paris, there are four rail or Metro stations in Canal St Martin, La Gare de l’Est, La Gare du Nord, La Place de la Republic and Le Canal St Martin.