Restaurants near Canal St-Martin, Ourcq and Villette

Our recommendations for the best restaurants near Canal St-Martin, Ourcq and Villette



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  • Photo tour: Villette eats

    Canal St-Martin, Ourcq and Villette is undergoing a renaissance, and there are always treny new places to eat and drnk opening. Click on the arrow above to start exploring some of our favourites. Think we've missed a great restaurant near Canal St-Martin, Ourcq and Villette? Let us know in the comment box below.


    Photo tour: Villette eats
  • A la Bière

    A la Bière looks like one of those non-descript corner brasseries with noisy pop music, but what makes it stand out is an amazingly good-value prix fixe full fine bistro favourites: home-made rabbit terrine, charcoal-grilled entrecôte with hand-cut chips, juicy Lyonnais sausages with potatoes drenched in olive oil, garlic and parsley. This is one of the few bargains left in Paris.

    For more info, please click here.

    A la Bière
  • Bar Ourcq

    If chilling on a deckchair on the banks of a canal or playing pétanque gets you going, head to Bar Ourcq of an evening, where a flip-flop wearing, shorts-sporting clientele is welcomed with open arms. On summer days, crowds gather for open-air guitar jamming sessions or to picnic on the banks of the canal, refuelling at Bar Ourcq with plastic goblets of cold beer or bottles of wine. Things get pretty boozy as the day wears on, leading many a pétanque player to squint uncertainly at their target, and every throw draws ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the audience of fellow drinkers.

    It’s much less busy here than on the Canal Saint-Martin, with no passing cars to pollute the tranquil atmosphere. What’s more, you can eat and drink for next to nothing, with drinks from €2.5 and savoury snacks from €1.5. Apart from the busy summer terrace, the winter months offer many cosy corners in a cosy, pouf-strewn bar area where those in the know come to spend afternoons indulging in books, board games and free Wi-Fi. In sunnier months, DJs play electro from 5pm, the perfect soundtrack to celebratory after-work drinks in front of the sunset – and they spin on until midnight during the week, 2am at the weekends.

    For more info, please click here.

    Bar Ourcq
  • L'Epicerie musicale

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    Ideally situated on the Canal Saint-Martin, L’Epicerie Musicale is a delightful hybrid of café-bar-restaurant-delicatessen-music store. The retro furniture gives the interior all the charm of an old Sicilian café, offset by graffiti art on the walls, a deli section with fish, wine, oils, hams fresh cheeses and more imported from Italy, and a jazz, soul, funk, tropical and retro-latino soundtrack from hundreds of vinyl records. Highly recommended.

    For more info, click here.


    L'Epicerie musicale
  • Brunch at 104

    Every month Paris’s alternative arts centre, 104 (set in a reconverted 19th-century funeral parlour), opens its doors to Omnivore, a dynamic culinary movement that supports and promotes France’s most exciting young chefs across the world. Heading the association are star chefs Thierry Marx and Jean-François Piège – themselves famous for knocking up some of the most luscious and creative cooking in town. At the 104, Omnivore selects two chefs each month to concoct themed food nights for around a hundred hungry punters. It’s a fabulous way for you to sample contemporary French cooking and get to grips with the emerging talent on Paris’s culinary scene. It also won’t break the bank: four courses and an apéro of natural sparkling wine cost just €39. Reservations open 3-weeks before the dinner; dates are announced online so check the website.

    For more info, click here.


    Brunch at 104
  • Chez Casimir

    Thierry Breton, owner of Chez Michel and of this bistrot next door, takes the idea of generous servings to extremes. Here, this doesn’t mean an American brunch experience – instead Chez Casimir lays on ‘le Traou Mad’ (meaning ‘good things’ in Breton), served continually from 10am to 7pm. You can fill your plate with delicious fare from Brittany and elsewhere, starting in simple fashion, with salted butter on exceptional country bread, and moving on to just about everything else: charcuterie, seafood, boudin, smoked salmon, salads, omelettes… Then come the casseroles of flaked cod, the beef bourguignon or similarly hearty dishes. Still hungry? Head towards the ‘grandmother-style’ dessert buffet. The atmosphere is noisy but convivial and the price (€26) is incredible in light of the quality. Not hard, then, to understand the place’s success.

    For more info, click here.

    Chez Casimir
  • Urfa Dürüm

    Hidden away in the heart of Strasbourg Saint-Denis, Urfa Dürüm is a tiny wood-panelled venue where you are greeted at the entrance by the owner, flour and rolling pin in hand, busily preparing the flatbread dough. Further inside, meat grills in the stone oven. On the chalkboard menu, there are two choices of house speciality: Lahmacun or Dürüm. Lahmacun is a small wrap prepared like a pizza with minced meat, tomatoes and onions, and rolled up with salad, red onions and a squeeze of lemon. Crunchy and delicious, it’s hard to beat at just €2. You can have the famous Kurdish sandwich Dürüm with steak, chicken, lamb’s liver (€6) or straight up lamb (€7.50). Just a few minutes’ wait and it arrives perfectly cooked, wrapped in its flatbread, piping hot and accompanied by tomatoes, red onions, rocket, parsley and lettuce. No chips, mayo or harissa – this is to be eaten as it is. Since it’s all superb, there’s no need of any further extras.

    For more info, click here.

    Urfa Dürüm
  • Abri

    Mondays and Saturdays, 10am-5pm, there’s only one reason to come to Abri (‘shelter’), a pocket-sized restaurant next to the Poissonière metro: their multi-layered, super-stacked, millfeuille-esque sandwiches, put together by chef Katsuaki Okiyama. One regal specimen contained grilled bread, a deep and lovely sauce, a vegetable omelette, crusty breaded pork (‘tonkatsu’), sweet and sour cauliflower purée and soft cheese.

    The rest of the week, there are plenty more of the young Japanese chef’s talents to enjoy. His CV (Robuchon, Taillevent, Agapé) would already be impressive on a far older chef, and against a bare décor, he makes his experience felt with French cuisine enhanced by Japanese touches. It crops up, for example, in the sauce of the marinated mackerel, with its almost transparent sliced vegetables, or a winter squash soup with pumpkin seeds and coffee.

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  • Procopio Angelo

    Head to Procopio Angelo for masterful fresh pasta; everything in this restaurant positively sings Tuscany. Even the prices, which are as dolce as any vita.

    The big ovens look out onto a big colourful room, a little interior terrace, a cool room for the fresh produce and, most important of all, a workstation for the virtuoso who makes all the trattoria’s pasta by hand. The tour around Italy begins with perfectly crunchy fried mushrooms and courgettes, and incredibly light ricotta, artichoke and sun dried tomato fritters. Then move on to things like spaghetti alla vongole (with clams), and spinach and ricotta ravioli in a beautiful butter and sage sauce. The final stop is a perfect tiramisu, and a glass of Amaretto for the road, before heading out into Paris once more.

    For more info, click here.


    Procopio Angelo
  • Louloucam

    Some might think you'd be a bit mad to nurture gastronomic ambitions in the middle of Stalingrad, tucked between a métro station, a sketchy kebab stand and an evangelist mission. But for a year this has been the successful home of Louloucam, and its young chef Jean-Matthieu Frederic – a graduate of La Tour d'Argent and Le Meurice.

    The bistro is neat, with a subtle decor, despite the dozen or so photos of American film actors from the 80s that are somewhat strangely pinned up around the grey walls. The menu, written on a large slate, has pride of place among these fallen idols, honouring the great classics of French cuisine with some added twists. Leeks in vinaigrette with lemongrass, for example, or crispy pigs' feet, veal's liver à la lyonnaise, scallops à la provonçale, poached pear with salted caramel, or the 'Parce que vous le valez bien' ('because you're worth it') – a crispy praline feuilletine, covered in a handsome chocolat ganache.

    For more info, click here.

  • Café Craft

    Paris is seeing a positive nouvelle vague of creative freelance Parisians keen to escape the confines of their apartments and find trendy cafés where they can work, get good coffee and look good all at the same time. More often than not they’re stuck with the local bar (because red wine and work go so well together…), so with Café Craft, Augustin Blanchard is filling a gap in the market.

    In a quiet street just minutes from the Canal Saint-Martin, this café is a refuge for the new breed of wireless creative who are flocking to the trendy outskirts of eastern and northern Paris. With its high speed WiFi, studious atmosphere and minimalist yet welcoming design inherited from Brooklyn and Scandinavia, Craft Café represents a kind of place that is still relatively unusual in Paris.

    And like its ancestors in London and New York, Café Craft trumpets its coffee credentials, claiming to serve the best in Paris (a bold challenge, non?) – theirs is made from beans roasted by the famous Café Lomi. For blood sugar, there are sweet and savoury pastries (we recommend the red fruit crumble).

    For more info, click here.

    Café Craft
  • H*** Hot Dog House

    Over the last 12-months Parisians have gone USA crazy: After the burger trend that saw the opening of new joints like Big Fernand and Blend (see our Best Burger feature), and arrival of food trucks like the 104’s pizza van, it’s ‘chien chaud’ (hotdog) time at the new H*** Hot Dog House.

    Choose between three types of topping – pickled cabbage, chilli or caramelized onions – all served in squidgy white baps with mustard, ketchup and fried onions. The beef sausages are thin, but meaty and ample for ‘normal’ appetites – but hungry hounds should order two, or opt for a full menu, which includes crisps and desserts (think muffins, cookies, brownies, donuts, and ice cream). Wash it all down with a bottle of Bud, iced coffee, or fresh fruit juice (banana, orange, carot, ginger, melon, celery, pineapple or apple). Get there early and you might be lucky enough to grab an outside table (there are only two).

    For more info, click here.


    H*** Hot Dog House

Photo tour: Villette eats

Canal St-Martin, Ourcq and Villette is undergoing a renaissance, and there are always treny new places to eat and drnk opening. Click on the arrow above to start exploring some of our favourites. Think we've missed a great restaurant near Canal St-Martin, Ourcq and Villette? Let us know in the comment box below.


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