Shopping in Canal Saint-Martin, Ourcq and Villette

From vintage video shops to brightly coloured clothes emporiums, here’s our pick of the best shopping destinations near the canal
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Thankfully for any shopaholics dropping by, these trendy canal-side quartiers are full with brightly coloured clothes emporiums, vintage video and record shops, and cutting-edge jewellery designers. Discover our pick of the best such local shopping destinations below.

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

Shopping

Potemkine

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If you know what the name ‘Potemkine’ refers to (Russian cineaste Sergueï Eisenstein’s 1925 silent movie “The Battleship Potemkin”), chances are this boutique just off the Canal St-Martin is for you. Its orderly walls are lined with shelves laden with DVDs covering everything from Fellini classics to rare experimental films by Stan Brakhage, and docu-dramas by Peter Watkins. In this age of virtual downloads, Potemkine is the antidote for film buffs in need of something to hold...

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Pop Market

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You might not know what you're looking for when you walk in to Pop Market, but you always walk out with armfuls of goodies. Small animal figurines for a nephew, some beautiful stationery for yourself, badges to pin on a jacket or a bright decoration for the living room. This a concept store like many others in Paris, the difference being that it’s large enough for one to spend a good half an hour in without bumping into anyone...

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Antoine et Lili

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Antoine et Lili's fuchsia-pink, custard-yellow and apple-green shopfronts are a new raver's dream. The bobo designer's clothes, often in wraparound styles, adapt to all sizes and shapes. The Canal St-Martin 'village' comprises womenswear, a kitsch home decoration boutique and childrenswear.Other locations throughout the city...

Shopping, Boutiques

Le Centre Commercial

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The idea of a commerical centre might not appeal to fans of concept boutiques, but don’t speak too soon – Centre Commerical in the Rue de Marseille (alongside APC, Maje and Claudie Pierlot) will thrill fans of quality fashion. The shop's founders also created Veja, the famous brand of hip, affordable trainers. Sébastien Kopp, one of the co-founders, has embraced a socially and ecologically conscious type of fashion for trendy youngsters...

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Art

Médecine Douce

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In the same genre as its neighbours Chez Prune, Maje, A.P.C. and Claude Pierlot, Medicine Douce doesn’t upset the neighbourhood’s balance of hip elegance. Inside, white and grey walls and a total absence of decoration put the spotlight on the jewellery, all designed by Marie Montaud, who launched her brand in 2000 but didn’t have her own boutique until 2007, once she was already well known. Her quick success is thanks to her delicate gold jewellery mixed with pastel colours...

Shopping, World food

Ethicando

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Ethicando, moments from the Canal Saint-Martin, mixes quality Italian food and clothing with social justice for victims of the Italian mafia. Many of their food products come from land confiscated from criminals, while bags and t-shirts are guaranteed made by Italian convicts as part of their rehabilitation into society. On the restaurant side, the organic food costs around €5 for a starter and €10 for a main...

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Shopping, Boutiques

Balibaris

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In three years, the Rue de Marseille in the 10th arrondissement transformed into a playground for fashion victims. Between A.P.C., Le Centre Commercial, Petites and Claudie Pierlot, it’s a hotbed of trendy chic. Balibaris is reserved for blokes in the know, offering a fantastic selection of clothes at prices that aren't cheap, but also not extortionate given the quality of the materials and the fact that most of the pieces are handmade in France...

Shopping, Toys and games

Maison DoDuDinDon

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'Sometimes kids spend a whole afternoon here mucking around in the playhouse,' DoDuDinDon's owner tells us. This sums up the ethos of this bright new emporium, which draws kids and adults alike with its welcoming vibe and stacks of toys, teddies, clothes and other miscellany just waiting to be browsed through. On the one hand, you have pointed-collar blazers (€59) and baggy trackies (€35); on the other, wooden blocks, board games and cuddly soft toys...

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Shopping, Music and entertainment

Music Please

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As welcoming as it is well-stocked, Music Please has been selling quality vinyl to the Belleville locals for nigh on a decade now. As with any good generalist record store, the collection runs the gamut of genres, from old-school hip hop to prog rock. Vinyl dominates, but iPod-owning Millennials are catered for with CDs and associated hardware...

Shopping, Bags and luggage

Machicadou

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The name sounds like the kind of word a French Mary Poppins might dream up – an appropriate association for this endearingly ramshackle workshop-cum-secondhand clothes boutique by the Canal Saint-Martin. Owner Camille scours the flea markets of Paris in search of unwanted threads, which she then customises into something else entirely: short-sleeved jumpers studded with buttons and blue pompons (€59), necklaces stitched from leather fragments (€49), you name it...

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Shopping, Chocolate and sweets

Tholoniat

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In business since either 1938 or the 19th century (nobody's quite sure), this patisserie-cum-chocolate shop in any case has an old-fashioned rustic charm to it. No concessions to fashion or contemporary food trends (lovers of organic need not apply); at Tholoniat, the action happens in the kitchen, whence impossibly crisp baguettes and tongu-tinglingly tasty confectionery are churned out on a daily basis. The varieties of chocolate – Cointreau, almond – should keep your tastebuds busy...

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