Over the last five years the area of Canal Saint-Martin has become one of the trendiest places to live for creative professionals in Paris. The walk along the canal is very scenic and offers a selection of eclectic boutiques, bars, bistros, restaurants, and impromptu acoustic concerts in the summer months. Whether you are after a casual meal, a take-away, or some fine dining, Canal Saint-Martin will have something to cater for your taste buds.
This 600-square-meter barn is a unique bar and restaurant tucked away in Canal Saint-Martin. This is not the sort of venue that you can ‘stumble’ upon, and finding the place can be quite tricky as it is hidden from the main street. To find Le Comptoir Général you first have to pass through a dark little alley that will eventually lead you to a majestic black door hiding a long passageway. Le Comptoir Général is not only known for its wide variety of cocktails, beers, and snacks, but also for it multi-functionality. Aside from being a restaurant and bar with a dance floor, this is an art museum dedicated to ghetto culture, a vintage book and clothing shop on the second floor.
A Bar-Tabac 20 years ago, today Chez Prune is not only one of the most charming places to enjoy a lunch on a sunny day on Canal Saint-Martin, but also somewhere you can spend an excellent evening. This cafe -bar is traditionally French in its design, with high ceilings and low lighting. Chez Prune offers something for everyone, whether you are looking for a moderately priced cheese or meat platter, an apéro before heading to a late night venue in the area, or an early morning spot for coffee and croissants. The menu is seasonal, so entrees are different every week. If you are heading out for lunch remember that many lunchtime menus sell out quite quickly, so don’t leave it too late.
This is a snug little Mexican take-away restaurant tucked away behind the Canal Saint-Martin. There is a range of street food dishes being served such as gorditas (cornflour doughnuts) for €3.50, tortillas stuffed with cacti for €7.50, or flatbreads with meat and vegetables for €8.90. Some of the favorites include quesadilla with chorizo or the campechana (seafood cocktail usually made of oysters, baby octopus, mussels, shrimp, squid, and scallops). Make sure to try Alejandro’s delicious salsa, made with fresh chilies.
The interior of Les Enfants Perdus is a light and airy room filled with comfortable benches and white cushions — a perfect place to spend a weekend morning or afternoon. The menu is unique and changes every few months. If you are going for the Sunday brunch ‘formule’ (served from 11-4 p.m.) make sure you come with an appetite. For €26 you will receive three platters: the first consisting of mini-viennoiseries, house orange juice, and hot drinks of your choosing, and the second featuring an oeuf cocotte, smoked salmon, cucumber salad, and an olive muffin. The final platter includes a vegetable soup, grapes, ham, and cheese.
At a first glance Le Verre Volé may seem like a simple wine shop with a couple of tables and plastic chairs squeezed into one room, but venture out for a meal to understand why it’s one of the best bistros in the French capital. The cuisine is mainly made up of creative French dishes with a modern twist and the menu changes on a weekly basis. The meals are homemade, and there is normally a choice of eight to ten dishes. Make sure you try the boudin noir, monkfish beignets with sea urchin mayonnaise, or veal salitombocca, to name just a few. Aside from delicious food, another one of of the biggest bonuses of this place is the wide choice of wines. The friendly staff will help you chose something in your price range, whether you are after a fancy dinner party or a cheaper number to accompany your meat and cheese platters.
If you are looking for a fusion of Cambodian-Asian cuisine in Paris, this is the place you need to visit. Perfect for a casual meal, Le Cambodge offers reasonably priced meals and really friendly service. The restaurant’s favorites include bobuns, which you can choose to have with meat, prawns, both, or just vegetables, spring rolls, and chicken curry with sticky rice, which is accompanied by Cambodian beer. Portions are quite big, so make sure you bring an appetite. To top off the fresh flavors, the tables are fully stocked with sauces that are very frequently used in south-east Asian cuisine: rice vinegar with crushed peanuts floating on the surface, fish sauce flecked with fresh red chilies, and toxic-orange chili paste. This place doesn’t offer reservations so if you are looking to have dinner make sure you get there before 8 p.m.
Located on the Canal Saint-Martin, The Mme Shawn is an authentic Thai restaurant with reasonable prices. Mme Shawn started out as a humble French cafe that was later transformed into the sophisticated Thai restaurant that it is today. Serving one of the best pad thai dishes and spicy beef (also known as tiger’s tears) accompanied with specialty mango sticky rice, Mme Shawn is recommended to anyone looking for a change from French cuisine whilst in Paris.
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