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This summer, head North East Paris for a bohemian outdoor experience.

Why? Welcome to the new gentrified 19th arrondissement of Paris. The Canal de l’Ourcq area is home of the latest trends when it comes to food, bars, cafes and art but also hosts most of the sunniest terraces in this part of the city. Locals from East Paris love these places (it’s usually very crowded but not in an annoying way, giving rather a very lively atmosphere). Let’s explore the various venues nested by the Canal (from South to North), the coolest place to be if you’re…

For whom? … in your 20s/30s (bobo, hipster, literary person, thinker, dreamer, don’t care) and like to play pétanque, drink beer on the go, enjoy the sun on a terrace, like good casual food (in a proper restaurant or on a picnic with your feet in the water), walk by the Canal or even sail a bit with your family.

canal de l'ourcq, by the tourist in paris

Where to start? Metro stops: Stalingrad (Line 2 & 5) or Jaurès (Lines 2 & 7). Then walk from here.

La Rotonde Stalingrad

A unique circular building and historical monument to start your tour of the Canal. Facing the Canal, la Rotonde is a restaurant, a terrace, a cultural center and a club at night. Worth seeing and visiting at least. Where? 6 place Bataille de Stalingrad 75019. More on the Facebook page.

rotonde stalingrad, by the tourist in paris

25 Degrés Est

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The hottest sun bathed terrace in East Paris. Located on top of the restaurant, the terrace overlooking the canal (from a South point of view) will allow you to catch rays from the middle of the day until the last glimpse of sun (8pm-ish in the Summer). Unbeatable 3€50 Stella pinte on happy hours. Where? Place de la Bataille Stalingrad, 75019. More on the Facebook page.

Bar Ourcq

The pétanque (what’s pétanque?) hotspot in front of this blue bar. They actually loan you some balls to play by the canal while drinking your beer. Hipster spot definitely. Where? 68 quai de la loire, 75019. More on the official website.

bar ourcq

Pavillon des Canaux

The artsy must-do place. Freshly renovated isolated house on the Canal, open for coffee, food and bar all day long. Great terrace, a few meter away from the Bar Ourcq. Can also play pétanque there. More here in our related article.

Le pavillon des canaux in pais

Paname Brewing Company

An artisanal beer bar and street food restaurant overlooking the Canal, right next to le Pavillon des Canaux. Following the local craft beer trend, the bar brews its own artisanal beers. Have a look at the beer list and our beer mapWhere? 41 Quai de la Loire 75019 Paris. When? Everyday from 10am to 2am. More on the Facebook page.

Paname brewing company, by the tourist in paris

Bastringue

On the other side of the Canal, a very bobo bistrot, less trendy but so Parisian (older population) and affordable. If during Fall and winter, it’s a great oyster spot on the weekends, it remains a very local bar that has kept its identity and didn’t follow the local gentrification of the district. Perfect stop for a glass of wine in the late afternoon. Where? 67, Quai de la Seine, 75019. More on the Facebook page.

Bancs Publics

The perfect lunch/brunch stop, opened last Spring 2014 by the owners of Le Bastringue, a bit up north compared to the rest of the previous spots. On your way North to La Villette, the futuristic park with the Geode, a place your kids will be instantly fund of. Very cosy and trendy place. Brunch food. Where? 2 rue de Nantes, 75019. More on the Facebook page.

Like sailing

Put on your captain hat and cruise with your family and kids on the Canal with the “Marin d’Eau Douce” electric boat. No permit needed. Where? 37 Quai de la Seine, 75019 Paris. Book here and cruise (20 kms of water) for a lovely afternoon on the water from the canal to the Bassin de la Villette, the futuristic park in North Paris.

sail on the canal, by the tourist in paris

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Where: Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad, Paris, France
Metro: Stalingrad (Lines 2 & 7)