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Canal Saint-Martin Tours

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Canal Saint-Martin
The streets of Paris are filled with romance and excitement, but for travelers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, a wander along the scenic 2.8-mile-long (4.6-kilometer-long) Canal Saint-Martin, the canal connecting the Canal de l'Ourcq to the river Seine, offers a welcome respite from the city’s urban energy.

The Basics
Visitors can stroll along the picturesque waterway, where quaint storefronts and tiny homes nod to another era. Relax at one of the numerous café tables and sip a glass of fine wine, or float along the canal on one of the city’s famous riverboats. Some of the best shopping in Paris is along Canal Saint-Martin, making it an ideal place to spend a late afternoon in the open air. 

Tour options for visiting the canal area include dinner cruises and food tours. Themed off-the-beaten-track tours also often visit the area.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Canal Saint-Martin is one of Paris’ trending neighborhoods and has a bohemian vibe. 
  • The streets spreading east and west of the canal are your best bet for a wide choice of cafés and restaurants.
  • There are numerous entertainment options in the area, from dance halls to cultural centers, and large venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Bataclan, and Cabaret Sauvage.

How to Get There
Canal Saint-Martin is in northeastern Paris’ 10th arrondissement, between the neighborhoods of Republique and Gare du Nord. The closest subway stations are Gare de l'Est (served by lines 4 and 7), Republique (lines 3, 5, 8, 9, and 11), Goncourt (line 11), and Jacques-Bonsergent (line 5).

When to Get There
Canal Saint-Martin is an attractive spot any day of the week, but especially appealing on sunny weekend afternoons and long summer evenings, when picnicking families and strolling flâneurs linger around the streets, soaking up the sun and atmosphere.

St. Martin Covered Market (Marché Couvert Saint-Martin)
Established in 1859, Marché Couvert Saint-Martin is one of only five covered markets remaining in Paris. Open from morning until evening Tuesday to Saturday and on Sunday mornings, it’s a great place to stock up on everything you need for a picnic along the canal, such as cheese, ham, sausage, and fresh fruit and vegetables.
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13 Tours and Activities to Experience Canal Saint-Martin

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Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

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See Paris’s iconic landmarks and lesser-known gems from the water on this 2.5-hour combo cruise down the River Seine and Canal Saint Martin. Glide past riverside monuments like Notre Dame and the Louvre, and then explore a side of Paris many tourists miss as you float through the tunnels, bridges and locks of the city’s historic canal system. Live onboard commentary from your guide illuminates the story of these picturesque waterways built by Napoleon. Choose from several daily departures to suit your sightseeing schedule.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Hidden Paris: Discover Canal Saint-Martin

Hidden Paris: Discover Canal Saint-Martin

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Spend a leisurely afternoon or evening exploring the Canal Saint Martin with a local host. A respite in the city, the public spaces along the canal are popular with artists, students, and bohemians. Dip into a wine or espresso bar and people-watch for a bit, or grab the makings for a small picnic to enjoy on the river bank. You’ll feel like a native Parisian in no time.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.14
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Canal Saint Martin Food Tour including Tastings

Canal Saint Martin Food Tour including Tastings

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Embark on a 3-hour foodie fantasy with this tour of Canal Saint Martin. As you make your way through this scenic Paris neighborhood, stops include a hidden indoor market and beloved bakery. Enjoy tastings of fresh organic produce, cured meats, bread, pastries, and more. End your tour with a delicious wine and cheese pairing in a local bar.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.58
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Paris Off The Beaten Track Private Walking Tour

Paris Off The Beaten Track Private Walking Tour

See Paris from an rare and intimate perspective on this private walking tour through the 2nd and 9th arrondissements. The full-day itinerary showcases an array of hidden gems often overlooked by visitors—from the quiet side streets of Montmartre to the grassy knolls of Buttes-Chaumont, a park loved by locals. Metro tickets and hotel pick-up are included for your convenience.
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  • 8 hours
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$343.60
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Spend a Day Like A Parisian: Customized Walking Tour

Spend a Day Like A Parisian: Customized Walking Tour

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Find out what it's like to be a Parisian on this private tour with a guide who introduces you to hip districts and discover places where locals hang out. Starting in the Latin Quarter, walk across the Seine to the Canal St. Martin and Village Saint Paul neighborhoods, and checkout vintage shopping, a bakery, a trendy home store, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.66
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The Paris (almost) no one knows about

The Paris (almost) no one knows about

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Enjoy a night on the town with a local in the French capital’s Mouffetard district on this 2.5-hour Paris experience. Meet your host, a local Parisian, and discuss your venue tastes and preferences. Then, head to some of the bars and restaurants that fit the bill in the bustling Mouffetard district. Choose from classic wine cellars and buzzing bars, laid-back cafes or chic cocktail joints. During your evening, visit at least four different venues and enjoy personal attention from your host on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$63.82
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Guided walk in an electric scooter out of Paris tourist routes

Guided walk in an electric scooter out of Paris tourist routes

I am a true Parisian who loves Paris and likes to tell his story. This circuit is unique because it does not exist in electric scooters, he is off the beaten track. It is the mix of old Paris with its suburbs and its parks far from the bustling tumult of the city center. See the most beautiful panoramic view of Paris, Learn the evolution of the 19 th industrial district of the canal St Martin and Canal de l'Ourcq, Discover the Belleville Park, the Buttes Chaumont, the Parc de la Villette. Unique experience with a real guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Walking Tour Of Le Quartier d’Aligre With A Local

Walking Tour Of Le Quartier d’Aligre With A Local

Located just southeast of Bastille is the bustling Le Quartier d'Aligre. You'll journey to this historic and pocket of Paris which boasts a number of markets and quality boulangeries. Explore the Marché d’Aligre - an authentic outdoor Parisian market and foodie hotspot. Here you'll grab a warm croissant, some freshly brewed Arabic coffee and explore the market's selection of exceptional cheeses, meats, fresh produce and vintage treasures. The market itself is nestled among quaint shops, charming boutiques and characterful cafes. Along the the rue d’Aligre you'll find a variety of boulangeries, each with its own tempting selection of specialty baguettes or pains au chocolat. Your host will lead you on a breathtaking walk through the Coulée verte - the world's first elevated park walk-way. Here, it will feel like you have stumbled upon a magical green oasis, shielding you from the city's hustle and bustle and offering mesmerising views is one of the most scenic walks in Paris.
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  • 3 hours
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$66.79
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The Best Photo Spots In Paris With A Local: Montmartre, Belleville, Rue Deperré

The Best Photo Spots In Paris With A Local: Montmartre, Belleville, Rue Deperré

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With iconic landmarks and beautiful riverside scenery, Paris is a photographer’s dream destination—but knowing where to find the best angles requires local knowledge. On this tour, explore Paris with your guide to lead the way, and head straight to the vantage points with the finest views. Customise your itinerary to capture must-see sites like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, and capture the best of Paris on camera.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.14
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The Local Paris Experience: an off-the-beaten-track adventure!

The Local Paris Experience: an off-the-beaten-track adventure!

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Discover Paris far from the tourist crowds on a private full-day tour with a local guide. Go off the beaten track in distinctive neighborhoods such as Le Quartier de la Butte Aux Cailles and Belleville, stopping at cafes and shops that locals love. Your guide shares details about life in the French capital and passes by landmarks like Palais Garnier, Canal Saint-Martin, and Bassin de la Villette.
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  • 7 hours
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$326.59
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1 Day Private Walking Tour Of Paris: Montmartre, Latin Quarter, Champs Élysées

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1 Day Private Walking Tour Of Paris: Montmartre, Latin Quarter, Champs Élysées

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Skip the run-of-the-mill group sightseeing tours and explore Paris the way you want. This private guided tour is tailored to your own interests and led by a like-minded host. With a fully flexible itinerary, you can choose to see the top landmarks as well as the off-the-beaten-path places that locals love.
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  • 8 hours
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$170.97
$34.20 savings
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Discover the best of street art around the Canal St Martin!

Discover the best of street art around the Canal St Martin!

SPECIAL FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST: !! THIS OUTPUT WILL TAKE PLACE AT 10AM FROM FRIDAY TO FRIDAY !! During this fascinating tour, discover the artists who bring the walls of Paris to life, often illegally! Fred le Chevalier, Heart Craft, Abraham Clet, M. Chat, Invader, Dark Snoopy and dozens of others have placed their ephemeral works here, which sometimes stay ... for a long time! It is a real open-air museum that will allow you, in just two hours, to touch the very essence of street-art with your finger. I can speak in english too! Posso anche parlare in italiano! ¡Puedo también hablar en español!
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  • 2 hours
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Dinner cruise Seine & Canal St Martin from Bassin de la Villette : Guinguette

Dinner cruise Seine & Canal St Martin from Bassin de la Villette : Guinguette

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If dinner in Paris isn't romantic enough as it is, simply throw a dinner cruise on the Canal Saint Martin and the River Seine into the mix. This cruise will take you through Paris's beautiful waterways as you dine on a three-course meal, complete with a delectable dessert. Live commentary along the way adds local flavor and education to this fabulous evening activity.
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  • 3 hours
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$83.32
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