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Canal Saint-Martin

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This picturesque canal, an extension of the River Seine, is a pleasant...

This picturesque canal, an extension of the River Seine, is a pleasant place for a boat ride or a summer stroll.

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Wandered up from la Marais to csm, took some nice pics with good reflections. Had a really good coffee at 10 belles. Certainly worth a look.

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wandered up from la Marais to csm, took some nice pics with good reflections. Had a really good coffee at 10 belles. Certainly worth a look.

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you've seen Canal St Martin from 20 years ago, today's is a vast improvement. Even the northern parts near Stalingrad and Jaures seem safer though I can't vouch for what happens late at night. The southern part (approached from Republique or Jacques Bonsergent metro stations) are worth a nice afternoon or evening stroll. What are you going to see?... More 

Thank Alex W
Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw a long stretch of the canal from the locks at Rue Ailbert to the pedestrian street and parks along down to Place de la Bastille. On a warm spring day it was lovely and bustling with people playing games, having picnics, reading, stakeboarding and enjoying drinks in the sun. There appeared to be many shops and cafes along... More 

Thank Lynd21
New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and were planning to take a walk along the canal. We took the Metro out to Stalingrad to start the walk. The area of was so seedy that we quickly turned around and went back. The next day we decided to take the boat tour. We took the the Metro out to Jaures and even though it was... More 

Thank Peripatetic_Engineer
Lyon, France
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Canal Saint-Martin is a true Parisian must-do attraction. Just come around for a nice picnic along the quays or to chill with your friends and you will have a great time. People around there are making the most of this inspiring place where locals play music, catch up on a sunny day or simply go for drinks.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a few hours here walking along the canal and stopping at a couple of coffee shops along the way. It was nice to get away from the usual tourist attractions of Paris and see somewhere more quiet and relaxed. I sat by the canal people watching and it was a nice way to while away a couple of hours!... More 

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

I always return to this neighborhood on each visit to Paris. It has a unique character. The bridges over the canal, the views along it are all superb. Good place for picnic. A few restaurants and cafes. I highly recommend the very slow barge tour that passes through the locks and eventually travels underground! Leisurely way to see the area.

Thank Thomas V
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

For a leisurely walk with lots of people-watching and other interesting sites, strolling along the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin on a sunny day can't be best. Stating just a bit east of the Place de Republique, where it emerges from underground, the canal goes through some rough and funky neighbourhoods, where graffiti is more predominant than street signage. With... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

Maybe we weren't at the right place along the canal. We decided to go to the canal because I had read some good reviews as a nice place to go see. But the water was filthy and stagnent, Bird poop everywhere. And rubbish and broken glass everywhere. Smelt like urine. Wouldn't recommend it and we won't be going back

Thank MrsElfa
Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

September 2016 . Take a walk at the Canal Saint-Martin , it is interesting . You can see how the Locals live .There are not so many Tourist like in other Places . If you like to have a Drink . here are plenty of Brasseries and Restaurants .

Thank Elmar R

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The tree-lined Canal Saint-Martin is the focal point of one of the most romantic and hip areas of Paris. Watch boats travel along the canal while lovers and friends take in the atmosphere from the banks or the bridges. Evenings see hoards fill the embankments to drink wine and enjoy good company. The colder days lead people to hipster bars, cozy restaurants, and concert spaces. Those who are more adventurous may explore hidden gems down nearby streets, from local bars to futuristic architecture. With its enriching mix of people of all ages and backgrounds, this neighbourhood has a dynamic, inspiring vibe.
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