Secret Channel Saint Martin

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.

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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.





  • SAM_0241Whenever when I climb through the labyrinth of stairs on the Montmartre hill I feel like  in a fairy tale. Before this district has become the cultural epicenter of nineteenth and twentieth-century Paris it was just a small village.


    I like to walk north side of the hill which is a behind the back of the basilica Sacre Coeur. In this way you don’t have to do the slalom between tourists, street performers and all kinds of kitschy souvenir shoops. Instead, you may look like growing wine in Paris vineyard – Clos Montmartre.



    You can also discover hidden  Cimetière Saint-Vincent where Berlioz, Zola, Dalida, Truffaut are buried with astonishing views on Paris and the basilica Sacre-Coeur. What is interesting -This white  church which quickly became the symbol of Paris is not so old, was only bouilt a century ago, after the French were embarrassed by a brief but successful occupation by the Germans in 1870.


    Whenever  I walk here, I realized  that creation of the film  Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, eighty of the best French films in history was the easiest thing n’a world.

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet didn’t have to exert  to much. The screenplay of this film had turned himself. People and places from this movie you pass everyday walking after Montmartre.


    When you  tired of climbing all the stairs Montmartre, you can stop for a moment and enjoy the view of Paris from here.


    Or take a break for coffee. Even Starbuck’s looks like from a fairy tale here.


    Then you absolutely must visit  Dalí!



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