Nuit Blanche • Canal Saint-Martin



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  • 'The Model in Paris', sculpture participative - Palle Nielsen, Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad
    Palle Nielsen, Modellen - En modell för ett kvalitativt samhälle (détail), 1968. MACBA Collection. Don de l’artiste. © Palle Nielsen, ADAGP, Paris, 2013.

  • Comptoir Général
    © Time Out Paris / C.Griffoulières

  • 'A Day in May', projection vidéo - Robin Rhode - Pont de la rue Louis Blanc
    Robin Rhode, A Day in May (capture vidéo), 2013. Courtesy de l’artiste


  • Time Out Paris

    Point Ephémère
    © Time Out Paris 

  • 'Fosse d'orchestre', installation sonore sous-marine - Rosa Barba - Ecluse des Récollets
    Rosa Barba, Simulation de l'œuvre Fosse d'orchestre, 2013. Courtesy de l’artiste et Frac Franche-Comté.

  • Café Craft
    © Time Out Paris / Emmanuel Chirache 

  • La Rotonde

  • Café Bonnie
    © Time out Paris / Chloé Chester

Nuit Blanche: Our choice of artworks

Robin Rhode – 'A Day in May'

At a mere 37 years of age, Robin Rhode has already exhibited his distinctive mash-up of street, contemporary and performance art in Berlin, New York and his native... Find out more.

Palle Nielsen – 'The Model in Paris'

In 1968 Palle Nielsen transformed the entire Moderna Museet in Stockholm into a giant temporary playground - a stunt that drew crowds and made the artist’s name... Find out more.

Rosa Barba – 'Fosse d'orchestre'

Go for a stroll along the Canal Saint-Martin at some point during the night: amid the croaking of frogs and the lapping of plastic bottles against the quay, you’ll be sure to hear snatches of... Find out more.

Michael Portnoy – 'THRILLOCHROMES'

What at first sight looks like a series of monochrome beige canvases turns out, on closer inspection, to be a mad collage of shredded trench coats. Artist Michael Portnoy turns the Gare de l’Est... Find out more.

Where to eat

L'Epicerie Musicale

  • Rated as: 4/5

Ideally situated on the Canal Saint-Martin, L’Epicerie Musicale is a delightful hybrid of café-bar-restaurant...

  1. 55 bis quai de Valmy, 10e
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Le Cambodge

  • Rated as: 3/5

The system at Le Cambodge is simple: you write your order on a piece of paper, including preferences such as...

  1. 10 avenue Richerand, 10e
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La Taverne de Zhao

  • Rated as: 3/5

You risk burnt fingers and tongues trying to get into your hotpot too soon at La Taverne de Zhao, with its wonderful casseroles...

  1. 49 rue des Vinaigriers, 10e
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American Kitchen

  • Rated as: 3/5

Opposite the Hôpital Saint-Louis, a handful of restaurants cluster in a charming collective that’s well-known to residents...

  1. 49 rue Bichat, 10e
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The Sunken Chip

  • Rated as: 4/5

The idea of a fish and chip shop in Paris carries with it overtones of the dreaded Irish bar abroad, all stale spilled Guinness...

  1. 39 rue des Vinaigriers, 10e
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Sol Semilla

  • Rated as: 3/5

If ‘veganism’ sounds like a bland and tasteless proposition to you, beware: Sol Semilla, the Bar des Artisans, may just change...

  1. 23 rue des Vinaigriers, 10e
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Le Bellerive

  • Rated as: 3/5

This nice little spot by the Canal Saint-Martin is friendly without being overbearing, good quality without being expensive...

  1. 71 quai de la Seine, 19e
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Le Petit Carillon

  • Rated as: 3/5

Like its sister bar Le Carillon, this canalside bar revels in a tastefully vintage aesthetic. But if the decorative film reels...

  1. 167 quai de Valmy, 10e
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Where to go out

La Rotonde

  • Rated as: 4/5

Transformed into a bar-restaurant, the magnificent ancient Rotonde on Place Stalingrad has become...

  1. Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad, 19e
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Point Ephémère

  • Rated as: 5/5

Housed in a former warehouse for art deco construction materials, Point Ephémère capitilises on its position...

  1. 200 quai de Valmy, 10e
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Comptoir Général

  • Rated as: 5/5

Eclectic, easy-going venues like this are more common in Barcelona than in Paris, but here in an old 600 square-metre barn...

  1. 80 quai de Jemmapes, 10e
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Café Craft

  • Rated as: 4/5

Paris is seeing a positive nouvelle vague of creative freelance Parisians keen to escape the confines of their apartments...

  1. 24, rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
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Le Carillon

  • Rated as: 4/5

A run-down, rustic aesthetic rules in this canal-side café-bar. Simple wooden tables sit alongside dilapidated sofas...

  1. 18 rue Alibert, 10e
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Café Bonnie

  • Rated as: 4/5

A café as sweet as a cupcake, whose walls also pay homage to cult films from the golden age of Hollywood...

  1. 9 rue Récollets, 10e
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Café A

  • Rated as: 5/5

Located in the 18th-century former convent of Les Récollets, Café A is unique, nestling as it does into one of the corners...

  1. 148 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 10e
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Chez Adel

  • Rated as: 4/5

The owner Adel is probably the most renowned chanson café owner in Paris, and this fine den of kitsch attracts countless...

  1. 10 rue de la Grange aux Belles, 10e
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