Psst—I’ve got a secret. Exactly how I felt strolling around the Canal Saint-Martin, a 19th century waterway that has quietly transformed from a Napoleon-era industrial channel into the most hip and happening hood in Paris.
Far away from the city center is a charming universe where today’s true Paris happens, completely off the tourist radar. You will not find kitschy shops with miniatures of the Eiffel Tower here. Instead of this You will feel the smell of fresh bread, which brings you to pure Parisian bakery like this one ;
For the first time this secret part of Paris showed me long time ago my friend Romeo who knows all the secret addresses of Paris and has motor – the best transport in the Parisian traffic jams.We spent the whole afternoon in Le Comptoir Général, a place reminiscent of some enchanted art garden. You can see a cool exhibition here, to read something interesting, to watch an film, to dance.The list is long.
For further explore the Canal Saint-Martin area I went alone. I started it from the cafe LE PONT TOURNANT which is a great vantage point for the whole area. The best knows it cat Suzi which is a queen of this old French cafe. Thanks to her I peered here. I don’t regret! The owner of this bar lives in this district of Paris from 50 years; He is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge!
I like to stay ahead of the curve and this tour is no exception.