I came across this article, which proves to be an excellent insider guide to Canal St. Martin in the 10th arrondissement. I actually got lost here my first week in Paris, but somehow managed to miss the amazing streets, stores, and restaurants . . . and I thought I was by the other side of the Seine. Um, let me just tell you, there is only one Seine running through Paris. So needless to say, I’m a moron.
Like the article suggests, definitely meander along Rue des Vinaigriers. There are tons of cute restaurants and stores (although many are closed for most, if not all, of August). We had just finished a giant lunch in Le Marais, so we weren’t really up for eating. We did, however, stop for a cappuccino at 10 Belles (on rue de la Grange aux Belles). The barista was probably as cute as the cappuccino was strong.
If you’re lucky, you will get to watch the canal fill up and the locks at work, and see a boat pass through.
© Sarah Milstein 2013