Paris Walking Guide 2: Canal Saint Martin to Luxembourg Gardens via Le Marais.

Here is my second walking guide to Paris with some more points of interest, streets and areas that you can pin on your map to make sure you see as much as possible! This time it’s focusing on the East side of the city walking from around the Canal Saint Martin to the very pretty Luxembourg Gardens.

Estimated time: 2-4 hours

First off, spend some time enjoying the canal. The first time i stayed in Paris in 2015 I stayed near here and I loved walking down it, there are lots of restaurants and cafes down here, perfect for a morning coffee, you can also get a boat tour if you wish!

 

The next stop is Republique, as Place de la République is one of the largest squares in the city. This is also a great metro station to arrive at if you’re not staying in this area as its well-connected to the rest of the city so you can start your walk from here.

 

Now this is where it gets interesting and very pretty! From Republique you want to head South into an area called Le Marais. Le Marais is a historic district of the city and is often referred to as the Old Paris. It has quaint little streets with lots of boutique style shops as well as an endless amount of cafes where you can sit outside and watch the world go by and it has some nice green squares too.

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We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Camille where we felt very French and its a place I would recommend going. Also, a very popular place is Au Petit Fer à Chevel which is a small cafe/bar, it translates as The Horse shoe as its bar is in a huge Horseshoe shape! We managed to get a seat outside and were able to watch the world go by with a €5.00 glass of red wine.. Perfect!

Spend some time in this area relaxing and taking any little street that takes your fancy. Unfortunately it was raining on the day I was there so i didn’t get to take too many photos but it just means you’ll have to see it for yourself!

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Once you have walked through this neighbourhood then start heading South towards the river but before you get to the river be sure to check out the Hotel De Ville to admire its beautiful architecture. In this summer there is a hive of activity in this area however when we visited (in the rain) it was very quiet but still worth seeing and taking a picture of!

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Rue de Rivoli is also very close by here which is one of the main commercial shopping streets in the city with all the highstreet stores so if you need go shopping then this street is where you should head!

Next up is the Cathedral of Notre Dame on Île de la Cité island, where the famous film The Hunchback of Notre Dame is based and this is another beautiful building although it can get very busy directly in front of it so you’re best bet is to appreciate it from a bridge like I am below! You can also go right to the top and get an amazing view of Paris but both times I have been the line has been very big so be sure to get there early if you want to go to the top!

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The Island that you’ll be on is one of two natural islands left in the river Seine within Paris and is the location where the medieval city was refounded so be sure to explore this island too before heading fully over the other side of the river.

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After crossing the river and the main road after it you’ll probably sense that you’re in a different part of the city as you would have found yourself in the Latin Quarter and in St Michel. Some of the streets in this area are incredibly touristy with restaurants selling every cuisine that you could ever want which are more than likely very overpriced. It’s certainly aimed at tourists over locals with its bright lights and waiters trying to get you in their restaurant but its part of the city so its worth seeing.

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Then make your way down the streets to the station Odéon and be sure to keep an eye out for cute side streets here, again with plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops.

Your final stop is the lovely Luxembourg Gardens, again due to the weather I didn’t get to see these properly during my visit in November but when I visited in the summer they were a lovely place to walk around, relax in and enjoy the sun. (see blue sky picture below!) They feel a million miles away from the city and a great place to recharge your batteries before exploring the next part of the city!

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Tip – I have an app called Maps.me on my phone which I love as it’s really easy to pin all the points of interest, plus it has hotels, restaurants, shops etc detailed on it so consider downloading this! (This is not sponsored, I just love this app and its been saving my life since April 2014!)

Did you see my first & third walking guide for the Gare Du Nord to the Eiffel Tower & Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower via The Louvre?

To SEE my trip to Paris then check out my Paris Vlog here!

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