There are few neighborhoods that are nicer for strolling than the area around the Canal Saint-Martin. On warm evenings, the waterway that runs through this neighborhood provides the backdrop for a great number of picnics and impromptu acoustic concerts. There’s plenty to enjoy here that doesn’t require sitting on the ground or listening to another rendition of “No Woman No Cry.” Here are our favorites.
There has been a need for less casual sit-down dining near the Canal Saint Martin and Hai Kai delivers on the food front with a delicate, minimalist menu from chef Amélie Darvas. The room, the clients and the staff are all very pretty, but service is spotty and undermines what is otherwise an elegant but unpretentious restaurant. Still, it’s a good Canal-side option for the fashion crowd.
— Catherine Down, March 2014