Canal Saint-Martin, Ourcq and Villette Guide
The walk from Canal Saint-Martin along the canal, via Ourcq village through to Villette, takes less than one hour and 30 minutes. However, you will want to stop and sit under the trees alongside the canals; visit shops, bistros, bars and generally linger along the way! Many public toilets exist along both sides of the canal and these are FREE and self-cleaning.
How to get there: Take the Paris metro from anywhere in the city and make any changes to arrive at Republique station. Then it is a flat and easy 10 minute walk to Canal Saint-Martin. There are a few pedestrian overpasses, giving access to both sides of the canals. These are steps only. Cyclists will have to carry their bike up and over – or better still – ride to the next junction and across the street bridge. Quite leisurely.
When to visit: During the day is really best, to take it all in.
Sunday brunch at Nola, contemporary cajun cuisine.
Nola is a great discovery situated on the Canal. A wonderful interior and ambience (piano on Sundays during brunch), with friendly, efficient and attentive staff. The menu is casual (think burgers and traditional cajun favourites); and the quality of the food is very good (pulled pork was a little too salty): fresh, delicious and plentiful, thanks to chef Rachel Moeller and her team.
Winelovers are taken care of too! Why not enjoy a glass of Gnarly Head, Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 – a very smooth, velour, rich and deeply satisfying drop! And for dessert, you ought to try their cheesecake garnished with succulent fresh fruit, pecan and pistachio nuts.
Overall rating based on Food – Ambience (Sunday brunches feature piano performances!) – Service
Nola restaurant, 72 quai de Jemmapes, Paris 75010. Tel. +33 (0) 1 53 16 17 88. Read Restaurant Review
Gustav Klimt at L’Atelier des Lumieres, Paris 75011
L’Atelier des Lumieres, 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris. Tel. 01 80 98 46 00.
Gustav Klimt huge multimedia show at L’Atelier des Lumieres.
Superb Espresso at The Beans on Fire, Paris 75011
Along Canal Saint-Martin to Villette via Ourcq