A Place for Parisian Hipsters – Canal Saint-Martin

This is the place in Paris that the so-called “bobos”(hipsters) call their home: the Canal Saint-Martin. With a length of 4.5 kilometers, it meanders through 4 arrondissements. Its construction took place in the beginning of the 19th century. Nowadays, it is popular amongst the local population and tourists alike, thanks to the many bistrots, restaurants and cinema theatres. Unfortunately, it also attracts lots of refugees and homeless people as well.

After our visit to Père Lachaise, Lars and I took the metro to Stalingrad (which refers to the nearby place Stalingrad) and walked towards the Bassin de la Villette. We sat on a bench for a while and observed people and their canine companions, one of our favourite pastimes.

The Bassin itself is actually the biggest artificial lake of Paris: more than 600 meters long and 70 meters wide. In summer, this is the place to be!

At the end (or beginning, depending on your point of view) of this lake, you can see the Rotonde de la Villette, a monument constructed in the second half of the 18th century.

Lars and I wanted to do some more exploring, but it started to rain and we became hungry as well. We stopped at a lock (one of the nine in total along the canal) to take our last pictures and then went back to the metro.

In our next post, you will read how we realised one of our biggest dreams in Paris! Or should I say nightmare?


  • pedmar10 November 27, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    ah La Rotonde is nice, old hangout, and cross over the canal to St Christopher hostal and Belushi’s Bar; same owners as Rotonde. Good memories cheers from afar traveling ::)

    • Ingrid D. November 27, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      Cheers! Paris is one of my favourite cities!

  • GP Cox November 27, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Beautiful as always. Thanks!!

  • Robert November 29, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Never been to Paris, I read almost as much negative costwise as positive and have never spent my few tourist dollars there. Maybe you’ll convince me with your posts.

    • Ingrid D. December 3, 2016 at 12:02 am

      You could say the same of London and Brussels for that matter, I think. In Paris it is best to eat something in a “bistrot”, very good good at reasonable prices.


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