The Six Hottest Emerging Neighborhoods In the World's Greatest Cities: Canal Saint-Martin, Paris

In less than five years, this canal-hugging section of the 10th arron­dissement has gone from dangereuse to downright hip. On weekends rakishly chic youngsters sit along the stone wall lining the waterfront, sipping Burgundy in plastic glasses and forming an impromptu fashion preview.

Du Pain et Des Idées

Photograph: Courtesy of Du Pain et Des Idées

Du Pain et Des Idées


Le Citizen Hotel has delivered a fresh breath to the area—with just 12 rooms and a Swedish-minimalist aesthetic, it's ready-made for the alterna-chic jet set.


High-design stores are setting the tone for this rising fashion hub: The concept store Merci houses designers like Isabel Marant and Paul Smith and vintage pieces; Renhsen does denim-as-second-skin with aplomb; Antoine & Lili is frequented by locals who define "bourgeois bohemian."


No Parisian enclave is complete without an incredible boulangerie—at Du Pain et Des Idées, crusty baguettes are baked by a former fashion executive. For more substantial bites, try Philou (33-14-238-0013), where classic poularde de Bresse and frogs' legs are favorites on the chalkboard menu.


End the day at Point éphémère, which shares a building with a working fire station and hosts a colorful selection of artists in residence and top-shelf performances—if you're lucky you might catch Das Racist doing a set.

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