I love unexpectedly stumbling upon cool places around the city. Last Sunday, Mackenzie and I decided to check out the Canal Saint-Martin area. A little historical background: the canal was dug between 1802 and 1825 to supply Paris with fresh water and various goods. We began our stroll at the Bassin de la Villette, where goods used to be unloaded from canal boats back in the day. Today the wider part of the waterway is used for boating and water sports.
After sitting by the water, we headed south toward the canal looking for a place to have a drink. I felt like I was walking into Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood as we came across the city’s “hipster grunge” area full of colorful graffiti, an eclectic mix of people and our newly discovered watering hole: Point Ephémère, an art-deco industrial space that houses exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops, etc. The bar is open every day and features a open patio by the canal. It was the perfect spot to relax, enjoy a beer and see a new side of Paris.