Canal Saint-Martin
Canal Saint-Martin
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This picturesque canal, an extension of the River Seine, is a pleasant place for a boat ride or a summer stroll.
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Neighbourhood: Canal Saint-Martin
The tree-lined Canal Saint-Martin is the focal point of one of the most romantic and hip areas of Paris. Watch boats travel along the canal while lovers and friends take in the atmosphere from the banks or the bridges. Evenings see hoards fill the embankments to drink wine and enjoy good company. The colder days lead people to hipster bars, cozy restaurants, and concert spaces. Those who are more adventurous may explore hidden gems down nearby streets, from local bars to futuristic architecture. With its enriching mix of people of all ages and backgrounds, this neighbourhood has a dynamic, inspiring vibe.
How to get there
  • République • 4 min walk
  • Goncourt • 4 min walk
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  • unclelouie
    New Ulm, Minnesota1,325 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We finally got to the Canal Saint-Martin
    We've been lucky to have been in Paris a few times but for no particular reason we never made it to this canal. On a recent trip we decided to find a place to stay that was close to the canal. We spent one day just walking along side the canal and enjoyed it so much. We were in that part of Paris for a week and walked next to the canal four times in all. Once was in the Parc de la Villette and on one other occasion we walked along the canal from the Opera Bastille to the Seine. We loved each of these walks.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Neilpsn
    Perth, Australia15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Canal Saint Martin boat trip
    Took a boat from the jetty opposite Musee d'Orsay along the Seine and into the Canal Saint Martin and the first of its multiple lock gates. Views along the river are always great, but I'd never been along the canal. Great commentary added to this wonderfully interesting trip. The covered sections of the canal and the history behind this were fascinating. The later sections of the boat ride (I took the 1 way trip) were through parts of Paris I hadn't visited before, so a few hours after getting off of the boat led to more happy wandering and exploring. I would recommend this trip.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Carolyn S
    Greenfield, Indiana110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boat Ride on the Canal
    I took a boat ride down the canal with my aunt and uncle. We went through several locks which lowered us enough to go underground through the covered part of the canal. We eventually made it to the Seine. I highly recommend taking a boat ride on the canal. There also were several interesting bridges that moved out of the way of the boats. Even if you can't take a boat ride, it would be worth coming to see the moving bridges and watch a boat go through the locks.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 September 2023
  • John K
    Perth, Australia332 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating work of engineering and construction.
    We really enjoyed this experience. We chose a morning booking and on reflection think this is the best time of day to make this trip. Fascinating engineering and construction for its time. Very enjoyable and relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of Paris. We started this trip from Paris and finished at the Palais Des Glaces which is a very interesting community hub and worth taking some time to stroll around. All things considered, a very stimulating and relaxing half day experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • Denise
    Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom413 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did an amazing boat tour with Paris canal boat .
    This was such a pleasurable experience with all ages and Bruno's commentary in English and French excellent . Very reasonable for 2.5 hours and finishing at pont neuf . Going through 9 locks and seeing a historic side of Paris life . Excellent value for money . Paris canal is the company . And they give discount for seniors too.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 April 2024
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LT Infrequent Travelling
New York City, NY65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We arrived at the metro station Republic on Thursday evening after 8 p.m. Once we exited the station, we heard police sirens. Then, we saw several police cars and many uniformed police on the streets.

There are crowds everywhere near the metro station, but it is reassuring to see many police as well.

There are many fascinating underground historic sites in Paris. The Catacomb is one, 50 meters below ground level, and the Canal Saint-Martin is another.

The Canal was built to provide fresh water for the Parisiens in the past. On the day we walked along the Canal, a boat with a banquet event was on it. It seems that there is an interesting cruise arrangement, but I did not have sufficient time to find out more.

Along the canals, lots of young people gather for drinks, chats, and laughter. The district is very lively. There are also homeless people, and we saw scattered camps at the far end of the Canal.

I wonder if it will be quieter if we visit the Canal during office and school hours. But whatever hour it is, it's always amazing to learn that people before us spent a great deal of effort improving the well-being of the community.
Written 19 June 2024
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,935 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is one of our favourite parts to come for a peaceful walk, we love the grittiness of the surrounds, there are many places to sit and enjoy the tranquility, we also love the sparkling water dispensers scattered around.
Written 26 May 2024
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Denise
Stockton-on-Tees, UK413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was such a pleasurable experience with all ages and Bruno's commentary in English and French excellent . Very reasonable for 2.5 hours and finishing at pont neuf . Going through 9 locks and seeing a historic side of Paris life . Excellent value for money .
Paris canal is the company . And they give discount for seniors too.
Written 18 April 2024
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John K
Perth, Australia332 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed this experience. We chose a morning booking and on reflection think this is the best time of day to make this trip.
Fascinating engineering and construction for its time.
Very enjoyable and relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of Paris.
We started this trip from Paris and finished at the Palais Des Glaces which is a very interesting community hub and worth taking some time to stroll around. All things considered, a very stimulating and relaxing half day experience.
Written 13 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Carolyn S
Greenfield, IN110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I took a boat ride down the canal with my aunt and uncle. We went through several locks which lowered us enough to go underground through the covered part of the canal. We eventually made it to the Seine. I highly recommend taking a boat ride on the canal. There also were several interesting bridges that moved out of the way of the boats. Even if you can't take a boat ride, it would be worth coming to see the moving bridges and watch a boat go through the locks.
Written 25 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Neilpsn
Perth, Australia15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Took a boat from the jetty opposite Musee d'Orsay along the Seine and into the Canal Saint Martin and the first of its multiple lock gates. Views along the river are always great, but I'd never been along the canal. Great commentary added to this wonderfully interesting trip. The covered sections of the canal and the history behind this were fascinating. The later sections of the boat ride (I took the 1 way trip) were through parts of Paris I hadn't visited before, so a few hours after getting off of the boat led to more happy wandering and exploring. I would recommend this trip.
Written 18 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alan B
Norwich, UK29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
A lovely area to stroll through on a Sunday morning. Lots of cafes to sit and watch the world go by. Families and group out on bicycles.
Written 5 September 2023
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unclelouie
New Ulm, MN1,325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We've been lucky to have been in Paris a few times but for no particular reason
we never made it to this canal. On a recent trip we decided to find a place to
stay that was close to the canal. We spent one day just walking along side the
canal and enjoyed it so much. We were in that part of Paris for a week and walked
next to the canal four times in all. Once was in the Parc de la Villette and on one
other occasion we walked along the canal from the Opera Bastille to the Seine.
We loved each of these walks.
Written 5 August 2023
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dancing-freak
Tel Aviv, Israel1,257 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
A boat ride on the Saint Martin canal is a nice thing to do in case you have some extra free hours. The trip runs either way from the Vuilettes to Arsenal or v.v., passes through neighborhoods that definitely are a part of Paris, but are much less crowded. The boat goes through 8 locks that take care of the difference in height at both ends of the canal. The boat also passes through two tunnels underneath streets. At its southern end the tunnel has wide holes in the ceiling through which light and fresh air enter. This is where the canal passes underneath the Place de la Bastille.
Written 25 June 2023
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LondonFamily88
London, UK1,172 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
In the morning, it is quiet, and you can sit on the edge with your croissant and café, or walk along the canal window-shopping. In the evenings, it is buzzing.. so many people just hanging out, and lots of bars and eateries.

The area is rather so-so, and generally is rundown (broken glass, graffiti and trash) which detracts from what could be nice (this is certainly not as nice as the Grand Union Canal or Amsterdam).
Written 31 May 2023
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