The Canal St Martin is a very pleasant neighborhood in Paris. Located just north of the Marais, it is an unpretentious area, and a beautiful place to walk along the canal, with tree-lined boulevard, walkways, footbridges.
Take a boat trip and discover an underground section of the canal. Looking for saving some euros on the hotel cost, the area of 10th and 11th arrondissement offer attractive and cheaper hotels.
The canal is 4.5 km long between Bastille and Republique. You see 9 locks and 2 swing bridges.
Napoleon I has ordered to build the canal specially to bring fresh water from the Seine river.
Discover the Canal by boat is romantic, peaceful and very interesting. There are few companies that offer cruises. Tours are also available in English. Canauxrama: 13 Quai de la Loire. Two piers Bassin de la Villette (metro Jaures) and Port de l'Arsenal (metro Bastille). Paris Canal: 21 quai de la Loire. Offer different kinds of cruises.
The Printemps des Rues is a street art festival in May near the Canal Saint-Martin. Street art, magic, theatre, dance...
Voix sur Berges in June. Choirs and singers festival.
Le P'tit Troquet 28 Rue de l'Exposition. Metro Ecole Militaire. Close to the Canal authentic little neighborhood restaurant offers very good menu 32€. Taste also the foie gras and the lamb. Sunday is closed. Reservation could be a good idea.
La Billebaude 29 Rue Exposition Paris 7th. Metro Ecole Militaire. Fantastic restaurant authentic Parisian Bistro.
Chez L'Ami Jean 27 Rue Malar Paris 7th. Open Tue-Sat 12pm-12am. Excellent Basque specialties.