Canal Saint Martin

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Pop out at M: République. Back-to-back with the statue, cross and zip left to the end, then right up rue Beau­re­paire. First stop, style sal­va­tion is nigh for the old grum­bler at #8 Sau­ver Le Monde des Hommes / 09 83 84 60 88, while ladies go gaga for de­signer-chic vin­tage at Frivoli #26 / 42 38 21 20, next door to con­tem­po­rary art gallery #28 Es­pace Beau­re­paire. Take a quick cock­tail on the ter­race at #36 Chez Prune / 42 41 30 47, or turn left onto quai de Valmy. Art tomes abound at #83 Ar­tazat / 40 40 24 00, then #95 An­toine & Lili / 04 37 41 55 / is a hip­pie haven with togs for tots too. Gal­lop across the bridge, turn­ing right onto quai de Jemmapes to find more vin­tage at #104 Loulou Les Ames Arts / 42 00 91 39. Exit and left onto ro­man­tic rue de la Grange aux Belles, with plenty of shab-fab shop­por­tu­nity, then right onto rue Bichart, right again for rue Richerand, and at the cor­ner you're back on the canal. The in­dus­trial gate #80 on your right leads to a de­serted look­ing yard, but don't be fooled – here hides the mag­i­cal, mys­ti­cal Le Comp­toir Général / 44 88 24 48, caff/resto-cum-ghetto mu­seum. End here, or for more cross an­other pic­tureper­fect bridge to rue de Mar­seille, then veer right for mod menswear at #14 Bal­ibaris / 42 41 52 44; boho-chic baubles at #10 Medicine Douce / 82 83 11 53; es­sen­tial Parisianchic m/w wear at #5 A.P.C / 42 39 84 46, and multi­brand life­style con­cept Cen­tre Com­mer­cial at #2. Oh look! Tasty treats await at Du Pain et Des Idées on the cor­ner, or skip back to Comp­toir Général for af­ter-dark de­bauch­ery...

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