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Ten Top Attractions Around St Christopher's Canal

Staying with us? Here's ten top things to see and do around St Christopher's Canal, Paris.

There's much more to your Paris neighbourhood at St Christopher's Canal than the waterways where they shot Amelie (although these are pretty cool too)! From free open air cinemas and music museums, to petangue and park days, the 19th arrondissment has something for everyone.

Parc de Buttes-Chaumont

If you like the great sunny Parisian outdoors with greenery (and a bar during daylight hours) then take a short walk from the hostel to the Parc de Buttes-Chaumont. Famous among Parisians as the largest, most hilly and least touristic park in the city, the Rosa Bonheur bar here is renowned for table top dancing against awesome city backdrops. There's even a waterfall, a bubbling brook, a lake and a temple, up top.

South of France Style Villas

You wanna live fancy and party in France? You better walk around the neighbourhood and check out what the locals call the countryside in Paris - also known as the villas with grand gardens, built in the early 20th century, around rue de la Mouzaia. These make for some super awesome Instagram pics, plus you can prove to Mom and Dad you're staying in a classy part of town.

The Markets of Belleville and Place Saint Pierre

Up at the top of the hill in the super close 20th arrondissement, you'll find the ace Place des Fetes markets in Belleville. Also and even closer, you lucky things can simply cross the Canal to the stalls and vendors who set up shop in Place Saint Pierre.

French Food and Fromage Aplenty

If you're stepping out of the Canal hostel in search of traditional French fair, then take the few short steps to the Restaurant des Arts et Sciences, on Ave. Jean Jaures, found on the corner of rue des Ardennes. It's one of many top traditional restaurants in this neighbourhood - known as the real Paris because of the awesome multicultural mix.

Free Open Air Cinema at Parc de la Villette

The oh so epic open-air cinema in Parc de Vilette is a tiny walk from the St Christopher's Canal hostel, with free outdoor films kicking off here from July onwards. Head along the canal to reach this outdoor repository of blockbusters and classic crooners. Take a picnic blanket, a baguette and some nice French red to really make the most of these classic Parisian evenings.

Cite de la Musique

This wonderful museum spans five floors and pretty much every musical instrument, ever invented. Better yet, there's often live musicians playing in their open floor areas to help make everything here more interactive and far less stuffy than your average, dusty glass case exhibit hall.

Petangue on the Canal

Also known as Boules, Petangue is the game of choice along the banks of the hostel canal, so rock up, bowl those balls and get involved. If that's not your cup of sporting tea, there's ping pong on offer too, plus pop up coffee stands (and ‘vin' vendors) to boot!

Canal Boating

If you feel like bobbing along the quai de la seine on a boat between St Christopher's Canal and La Rotonde, you can hire a smart little electric boat. Big enough for you and five of your mates, these petit bateaus clock in at 40 euros per hour, and you can bring your own picnic, avec vin rouge!

The 25' Est Terrace Bar

If you feel like a little live music, be it rock, blues or jazz, take yourself to 25' Est in the early evening, just above La Rotonde. A short walk along the canal from St Christopher's, this bar serves up great tunes, awesome views of the water and backpacker-budget-friendly drinks.

Electro DJ Concerts

For great value, hipster musical get togethers, check out the website for Point Ephemere. Super close to the canal hostel, this joint rocks out concerts nightly. It's mostly electro-DJ tunes but you often find gems here and tickets are cheap, starting at just 12 euros per person. Alternatively, you can also head to the nearby BizzArt, just up the road from Point Ephemere.

- Rob Savage

Posted on 20 Mar 2015

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