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Best Bars There are plenty of bars, and with a young population, this district has an energetic air. Not far away is the historic area of Montmartre where you'll find even more choice - though it is a tourist magnet night and day. The area of Abesses is where the locals head to for an evening of Paris ambience. Popular with the locals: L’Escargot for its friendly ambience (6 Rue Gabriel Péri) and also Le Khedive (3 Place Victor Hugo) by the Basilica Saint-Denis. Great atmosphere: Brasserie 3ème Mitemps (which means 3rd half time!) (33 rue Jules Rimet) right by the Stade de France). Traditional: Le Basilica (2 rue de la Boulangerie) opposite the Basilica of Saint- Denis, there's a large terrace, perfect to sip in the sun, often with music over lunch. The Inside Track The biggest, most famous and best flea markets in France. The Marchés aux Puces de Saint-Ouen have been going for almost 150 years and are one of the largest markets for antiques and flea markets in the world. Set in 7 hectares, with more than 2000 exhibitors and 14 different markets. Hunt for a bargain or a one-off item from antiques to classic luxury goods, restored furniture, paintings, bronzes, tapestries, mirrors, lamps and dishes and much more. It's also a great place for bars, restaurants and cafés in a unique atmosphere. Metro: Garibaldi, line 13. Saint Ouen Flea Market Paris A walk in the park: From the station of St- Denis you can walk along the canal (5.5km) to Parc Villette, the largest urban cultural park in Paris. There are lots of cafés to sit and while away a few hours whilst the sun plays on the surface of the water.
Locals love: The Abbesses district just a few kilometres away. It has a villagey feel despite being at the foot of Montmartre. There are charming little squares, lots of bars and a relaxed atmosphere. Montmartre is very close to Saint Denis and is a must-see on any Paris visit. Yes there are throngs of tourists but there's a reason for that. Escape the crowds at the lovely Musée de Montmartre, (rue de Cortot) once home to Auguste Renoir. An outstanding exhibition of artwork by local artists including Toulouse-Lautrec and Modigliani. From the charming gardens you can peek into the secret vineyards of Paris next door. Take a Selfie It has to be, the Basilica Saint-Denis. Getting Around Buy a Paris Transport Travel Card for unlimited travel on the metro, RER (rail), bus and tram networks in Paris and the suburbs. A 1, 2, 3 or 5 day pass covering zones 1-5 (including Versailles) is great value and saves you from queuing for tickets. Buy a pass at stations and tourist offices. St Denis is serviced by Metro line 13 and goes directly to the Champs-Elysées and Les Invalides from where you can pick up the RER Line C to the Eiffel Tower. How to Get There Eurostar from London to Paris takes just under 2 hours 16minutes from where it’s a simple trip to Saint-Denis from Gare du Nord by RER Line B
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