The tenth arrondissement in Paris is home to the Gare de l’Est, and the Gare du Nord – the train stations that whisk travellers out of the captial to the East and to the North.
The tenth may not be the most prestigious quartier in Paris, but it is still worth a visit for its down to earth Parisian-ness. This is not the Paris of couture houses and palace hotels, but rather a busy quartier where Parisians live and work, and above all it is a quartier for the latest trends in food and great places to eat.
If you would like to see a very bohemian, chic, photogenic street, full of charming food stores then check out la rue Sainte Marthe.
For bigger and more traditional Parisian eating, you’d enjoy the Hotel du Nord for brunch or lunch
or the Ardoise Gourmande, whose chic design I enjoyed recently.
My favourite attraction in the 10th arrondissement is the Canal St Martin. A man made canal that runs from the Seine river out to the river l’Ourcq. Originally designed by Napoleon at the beginning of the 19th century to bring drinking water into Paris, today this canal is a wonderful place to walk and enjoy. You could even join a walking tour and let yourself be guided .
Today the canal is lined with little cafés and art galleries, the perfect place to take some time out from the busier tourist spots.
There are two wonderful covered food markets in the 10th arrondissement. Both are worth a visit although the Marché St Quentin is in an older building and is more picturesque.
This is where Parisians shop for their fresh food, rather than going to a big supermarket. If you are staying in an appartment in Paris and you want to cook for yourselves, then this would be a place to find your best ingredients.
If you are like me and you enjoy the notion of wandering, getting slightly lost and discovering as you go, then take a walk down the Faubourg St Denis, and explore some of the little side roads and squares. This is where you will find cafés and restaurants galore, for every budget. Two of my favourites are La Ferme de Charles for lunch, or La Chambre aux Oiseaux, perfect for afternoon tea.
And should you want to stay in this part of Paris, you could try the pretty Hotel Mademoiselle
If you missed them, here are my step-by-steps around the other arrondissements so far:
1st arrondissement, 2nd arrondissement; 3rd arrondissement; 4th arrondissement; 5th arrondissement; 6th arrondissement; 7th arrondissement; 8th arrondissement; 9th arrondissement ; 10th arrondissement