First timers: Go on a boat tour on the Seine
Second timers: Go on a boat tour on Canal Saint Martin
The Seine is a beautiful river, and a boat tour will take you by all the well-known monuments. But with footbridges and trees lining the waterway, the Canal Saint Martin is just as worth a boat tour. This is the hub of Paris’s hipster community, filled with cafes, galleries, fixie bikes, cocktail bars, and discarded Vampire Weekend albums. The canal stretches from the Seine near Bastille and extends to Canal de l’Ourcq, close to La Villette. On the 2.5hr cruise, you’ll pass through four locks, and you’ve got two tour operators: Paris Canal, which has a few different departure spots depending on where you want to start, and Canauxrama, which has a bar on board.