The area around the Canal St Martin in the 10th arrondissement is a fantastic place to wander around on a sunny day. The canal, with it’s 4.5km of water shaded by 100 year old trees and overlooked by locks and iron bridges, was inaugurated in 1825 and used for maritime transport, but is now quiet and peaceful. Over the past few years it has become one of the more fashionable areas of the city – try a cold pressed juice at Bob’s Juice Bar, enjoy delicious British fish and chips at The Sunken Chip, feast on good food and great coffee at Holybelly and Ten Belles, or browse for gorgeous art and design books at Artazart. If you’re there in the early evening, enjoy an aperitif and some people watching on the terrace at Chez Prune. Or if you fancy a taste of the country life in the heart of the city, pick up some amazing bread and pastries at Du Pain et des Idees or bring a picnic and relax by the side of the canal.
- Canal St Martin, between metros République and Jaures, 75010 Paris