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Restaurants in Canal Saint-Martin, Ourcq and Villette

Discover the best restaurants in and around the Canal Saint-Martin, Ourcq and Villette areas of north east Paris

© Maria Hagan

There are reams of restaurants to choose from in these parts, so it’s to good to have some guidance before taking the plunge. Sure to be packed out every evening with a trendy bobo clientele, these are some of the best and most popular places to eat out in north eastern Paris.

The best restaurants in Canal Saint-Martin, Ourcq and Villette

Street Bangkok

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Adjacent to the Canal Saint-Martin, this stylish Thai canteen – opened in September 2015 – offers a regularly changing menu of delicacies to a young and trendy clientele. Past the glass façade, diners peer up at long neon lights that run across the red walls and ceiling, while the kitchen/servery is open, metallic and designed like some sort of futuristic scaffolding. Behind the counter, Ja Euarchukiati leads a team of skilled Bangkokian chefs...

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Les Bancs Publics

If you haven’t yet discovered the further reaches of the Canal de l'Ourcq – stretching as it does beyond the cosy cluster of shops and restaurants on the Canal Saint Martin and all the way up past La Rotonde to La Villette and beyond – Les Bancs Publics is a very good reason to go the extra mile or so. Newly opened in September 2014, this smart bistro with its inventive menu is easy-going enough to fit with both the area’s alternative crowds and its street art-heavy façades...

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North-east Paris

Siseng

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Baozi steamed buns, a staple of Chinese and Indonesian cuisine, are the latest Parisian food craze. To prove it, here comes Siseng, a trendy new eatery whose signature dish is the Bao Burger: a fusion meal that revisits the American classic, serving it with an Asian sauce, sandwiched between two warm, slightly sweet baozi in lieu of the traditional bread. The Bao Burger should be incentive enough to drop in on this great little café...

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Canal Saint Martin

El Nopal

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In Mexico, a nopal is a cactus whose shape bears a passing resemblance to a ping-pong bat. In Paris, it's a snug little restaurant tucked away in the 10th, a hop and a skip from the Canal Saint-Martin, where a modest range of dishes from the cactus's homeland is served. We're firmly in street food territory here: gorditas (cornflour doughnuts) for €3.50, tortillas stuffed with said cacti for €7.50, or – at the upper end of the price scale – flatbreads topped meat and veg for €8.90...

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10th arrondissement

A La Providence (Quincaillerie Leclercq)

Step into the past at this museum-piece quincaillerie whose 170-year-old wooden cabinets are filled with knobs, locks and other brass accoutrements for dolling up or restoring old furniture and doors. Newly crafted by artisans, the pieces look authentically antique, and there is also an expensive range of glass and crystal doorknobs. The charming couple who run it are former flight attendants...

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Eastern Paris

Typick Café

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Typick Café is a colourful little spot a few steps from the banks of the Canal de l'Ourcq. Passionate about Australia, the friendly pair that run the place serve lunches inspired by food culture from down under. At lunchtime, three sandwich, salad and soup options are available. The menu changes every week depending on which ingredients are in season. The cook has a knack for thinking up original recipes: raw courgette and chicken with almonds, coriander and curry between slices of focaccia...

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Bassin de la Villette

Cartel

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This already popular 10th arrondissement Japanese restaurant upped the ante significantly when they employed a well-known Laotian chef, Sourasack Phongphet. More commonly known as Sou, he’s known for the artistry and sensitivity of his fish dishes in particular. Laughing and joking, from behind his station he reels off the names of the multitudinous fishes that find their way onto your plate...

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Canal Saint Martin

Assanabel

With its pretty pink tablecloths, black leather seats and glittering chandeliers, Assanabel is a kitsch and cosy place to spend an hour two over a Lebanese meal. The menu offers hot and cold dishes that include grilled meats, fish, salads and platters. You can compose your own mezze selection (€5-€7.50) or opt for a set menu: tabbouleh, hummus, mouttabal or labneh with a plat du jour...

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Canal Saint Martin

Big Corner

Nestled between a battered old bridge and a motorbike repair shop, New York-style burger restaurant Big Corner is an unlikely addition to the slightly down-at-heel Avenue Jean Jaurès. Its arty, pared-back look with leather padded settees and a bright colour scheme certainly sets it apart from the neighbours, but doesn’t whiff too strongly of gentrification. Prices are reasonable: huge burgers, flanked by chips and a seasoned salad, are €11.50-€13.50...

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North-east Paris

Le Cambodge

The system at Le Cambodge is simple: you write your order on a piece of paper, including preferences such as 'no coriander', 'no peanuts' or 'extra rice', and after a short wait the dishes appear. Two favourites are the bobun spécial, a hot and cold mix of sautéed beef, noodles, salad, bean sprouts and imperial rolls, and banhoy, a selection of the same ingredients to be wrapped in lettuce and mint leaves and dipped in a sauce...

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Huw O
Huw O

Great shout on Café Odilon. A wonderful spot to slurp on a spritz and v child-friendly