Belleville, La Villette, Canal Saint-Martin and Ménilmontant

Time seems to slow down around the lock on the Saint-Martin canal, next to the renowned Hotel du Nord. It comes as no surprise that trendy shops and bars should have sprung up along its banks. One bridge further along is the Villette basin, at the end of which is a park of the same name with lots of reasons to visit: a science museum, music of all types, children's activities and expansive lawns.Lovers of open green spaces will love east Paris, which also boasts the parks of Buttes-Chaumont and Belleville. The area stretching from Belleville to Ménilmontant is a melting pot of all nationalities, an exotic, working-class and ethnically diverse Paris.

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