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Restaurants by Canal Saint-Martin Paris abound. There are plenty of restaurants, bistros, boulangeries and cafés that can meet both your budget and your tasty desires. Here is a list of restaurants in Canal St Martin to try as you explore the trendy, hip Canal Saint-Martin district in Paris 10.
Canal St Martin Restaurants
1. Restaurant Canal Saint Martin: Chez Prune
36 rue Beaurepaire
A visit to Canal Saint-Martin is not complete without at least a coffee or glass of wine sitting on the sidewalk terrace at Chez Prune. This café/ restaurant on Quai de Valmy is a hotspot all day long. Bring your journal or computer in the morning and stick around for a traditional French lunch (the fish is delicious) which sees Chez Prune fill with locals. Alternately, pop by for an apéro.
2. Canal St Martin Restaurants: La Cidrerie
51 Quai de Valmy
If you love cider, as I do, stop by La Cidrerie for a French cider from Normandie or peruse the drink menu and savour a cold cider from further afield. Sit facing the canal and enjoy something delicious, like the kashi bowl, from the small menu.
3. Le Comptoir Général
80 Quai de Jemmapes
At this restaurant, Le Comptoir Général, by Canal Saint-Martin, there’s something for everyone. The unique venue is a coffee shop, restaurant, space for screening documentaries, and a bar with a hopping, popular dance floor. Le Comptoir Général is tucked away in a former barn. Don’t be intimidated by the huge black doorway and guard at the entranceway, nor the lineup to get in. Day or evening, this African themed space has to be seen with its foliage swaying to the African beat. Find a vintage couch by the window to sit and visit with friends or hit up the dance floor. A little something for everyone!
4. Canal St Martin Restaurants: Les Vinaigriers
42 rue des Vinaigriers
Restaurants Canal St Martin. Do they get any better than this one? From the moment we talked to the server as he was opening Les Vinaigriers we knew we were in good hands. My sister-in-laws birthday celebration was held here and every single minute of the evening was perfect. The food was exquisite and the service matched it. Just imagine an appetizer of trout tartare, endive, crème fraîche or soft creamy cheese, pomegranate seeds, hazelnuts and a touch of grapefruit. It made for a memorable evening and a restaurant I look forward to returning to.
5. Chambre des Oiseaux
48 rue Bichat
Chambre des Oiseaux tops the list as a quirky café full of antique furniture (is that an old sewing machine I see?) and floral wallpaper making it the perfect place to sit with pen in hand. Bring your journal, a book to read or a friend.
6. Du Pain et Des Idées
34 rue Yves Toudic
The line up out the door says it all. As does the scent wafting out the front door. Everything I’ve tried at this traditional boulangerie, Du Pain et Des Idées, is delicious. Perhaps that’s why it is known as one of the best in Paris. The croissants are the best I have ever tasted with just the right amount of outside crunchiness and softness inside. The flavour is like none other. The baker Christophe Vanneur is known for his bread-making especially his trademark loaf “Pain des Amis.” Don’t miss the Tarte aux Pommes either.
It’s closed on the weekend so stock up on a Friday or swing by to fill your picnic basket.
7. Canal St Martin Restaurants: El Guacamole
37 rue Yves Toudic
For me, a Mexican taqueria always hits the spot and, this restaurant by Canal Saint Martin, El Guacamole, has all the ingredients for a perfect Mexican food fiesta! The atmosphere, a loyal clientele, a busy sidewalk terrace and shared tables in the interior. Did I mention the delicious Mexican tacos? If you love Mexican, El Guacamole will put a smile on your face!
8. Hôtel du Nord
102 Quai de Jemmapes
Hotel du Nord is not just a restaurant on Quai de Jemmapes but a movie set for the 1938 movie of the same name. The elegant Hôtel du Nord is a charming and tranquil place to dine, have a coffee, a nightcap or a drink in the garden. On a recent visit, the bartender, stationed behind the zinc counter, recounted how Eugène Dabit, son of the owners of the Hotel du Nord, wrote the original story in 1929.
9. Maison Nomade
140 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin
If you looking for plentiful, healthy cuisine la Maison Nomade is the restaurant for you. This restaurant by Canal St Martin has a menu that will appease vegetarians and vegans. Maison Nomade is a bright and welcoming space perfect to grab a coffee, work a little, and meet with friends over a meal… and it’s also perfect for dining solo.
If you have a bit of time to spend before catching a train from the Gare de l’Est, Maison Nomade is a two-minute walk from the station.
10. Canal St Martin Restaurants: Marcel
90 Quai de Jemmapes
Marcel offers authentic, tasty Indian cuisine with some French flair. Enter this Canal St Martin restaurant, sink into an armchair and soak up the cosy and welcoming vibe. The Indian classics are all on the menu and served in generous portions. It’s a great night out! And the name which doesn’t have an Indian ring to it? A tribute to Marcel Carné, director of the movie Hôtel du Nord!
11. Canal St Martin Restaurants: Pizzeria Alberto
55 rue de Lancry
Stop by Alberto’s and pick up a pizza on your way to the Canal. Better still pop by in the evening, pull up a table and enjoy your pizza with a glass of red. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be dining on an evening when there is live music. The owner is a character and great fun to chat to. His only regret in life is not moving to Montreal, Quebec when he had the chance. Being Canadian, this, as you can only imagine was a lively conversation while the pizza was cooking!
12. Sain Boulangerie: Bakery Canal Saint Martin
15 rue Marie et Louise
My hairdresser was raving about the desserts at Sain. So I went in search of Sain. A small window facing the sidewalk is lined with treats and the bread sits in behind. The artisanal baking area is perfectly visible. What I love about being in France are places like this. The baker, Anthony Courteille, uses pre-1950s varieties of local flours. The gluten content is much lower in these flours. Sain translated means healthy. No wonder I can eat bread in France and rarely tolerate it in North America. Everything I devoured here was just perfect – bread, croissants and ginger-chocolate cookies.
13. Ten Belles
10 rue de la Grange aux Belles
I love rue de la Grange aux Belles by Canal Saint-Martin. It is lined with tiny, adorable cafés and shops and Ten Belles is right in the midst of it all. Ten Belles is the place for you if you are looking for alternative milk options. Oat milk and almond milk complete your coffee order. Sit up top in the tiny loft area or grab a seat outside. Ten Belles is small. Get there early if you want a table.
14. Le Verre Volé
67 rue de Lancry
This Canal St Martin restaurant, Le Verre Volé, came highly recommended by my French teacher as a truly French neighbourhood bistro. Le Verre Volé, both a bistro and wine cellar, has been open for twenty years. The evening I went with a friend, we had a less than wonderful experience. The service was poor, although the food was rather delicious. I am hoping we just happened by on a bad evening. It is a tiny restaurant and the tables are incredibly close together. Make a reservation if you plan to give it a whirl or better still pop by and buy a bottle of your favourite wine!
15. Yann Couvreur Pâtisserie
Exit the Goncourt métro and there staring you in the face is Yann Couvreur. Heck. You’re right there. Pop in and indulge. Once again, every delectable choice I made was melt-in-my-mouth delicious. However, I have not yet indulged in the pièce de resistance – the vanilla millefeuille. Layers of tuile biscuits are stacked with delectable cream in between. Only to be eaten on the premises. I need a partner in crime to share with me!
Other Locations: 23 bis rue des Rosiers; Galeries Lafayette Gourmet
I hope you enjoy these Canal St Martin restaurants as much as I have! Here’s to explore even more of what’s on offer by Canal St Martin!
Until next time,
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