Canal Saint-Martin

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We always try to live like a local. You gain pleasure and knowledge by completing the small tasks of daily life in a Parisian neighbourhood, as opposed to residing in a cramped hotel room in the centre. Our top pick for family-friendly neighbourhood in Paris is Canal St.-Martin in the 10th arrondissement.

Canal St.-Martin is filled with artists and intellectuals, many of which have families. You don’t have drag your small folk to the Left Bank to stalk Hemingway, Joyce, and Sartre. This is the new Left Bank. You can live the dream here. Find a cool home to borrow via Airbnb. By booking through our family link you’ll get travel credit. Browse the apartment rentals on’s Paris page. Then start poking around your new hood.

Canal St.-Martin is stuffed with cool places to shop for children and parents, Paris’ best new-school boulangeries, picturesque Parisian cafes, and it-restaurants. Because of the canal, it’s one of the most gorgeous and most peaceful places to stroll in Paris. Re-watch Amelie. They filmed the bridges here. You’ll see lots of other families, groups of friends, and lovers doing the same. They’re probably not tourists.

While Canal St. Martin could easily fill your days, other adventures are at your fingertips. From Canal St.-Martin you can walk to good stuff like pony rides in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, classic steak frites at Au Boeuf Couronne, and the biggest open-air market in Paris: Marche Bastille. If you stretch your legs a little further, you’re 30 minutes on foot from the Marais and Place des Vosges, and 45-minutes walking distance from Jardin Tuileries and the big art museums. Otherwise, use our guide to Paris transportation with kids.

Read the full Small Folk Travel Paris Guide.

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Small Folk Travel

Small Folk Travel is a family travel site by mama and travel writer Taraneh Jerven. The Jerven family (two toddlers, one bun in the oven) travels incessantly. When researching our trips, we couldn't find the family travel coverage we were looking for. We did our own research. We wrote the family travel guides ourselves. Taraneh Jerven writes for international travel publishers including and DK Eyewitness Travel. We cover good stuff for discerning parents and their little ones. Often these overlap. If they don't, we take turns.

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