The 10th arrondissement of Paris centers on the Canal St. Martin and the restaurants and cafés which line its banks. Part sleepy faubourg — as suburbs were called in 18th century Paris — and part industrial center, the 10th arrondissement has lately enjoyed the benefits of both the booming nightlife scene in the neighboring 11th, as well as the Parisien cycling and roller-blading boom. The streets lining the canal become car-free for the later half of the day each Saturday, and all day on Sundays for your cycling and strolling pleasure.
There is another, more bustling side to the cosmopolitan 10th, however, as the location of two primary entry / exit points for the city, in the form of the two great train stations Gare du Nord and Gare de l'Est.
One final focus to the 10th is the historic Place de la République in the far south of the arrondissement, its many bars, restaurants and cafés.
As it is everywhere in Paris all metro stations are not equal. Stations such as Place de la Republique connect to many lines but can be time consuming for a first time visitor. A smaller station such as Goncourt is easier to get in and out of. You may walk a bit more on the street but that's easy and a lot more fun.
- Promenade Canal St. Martin. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the water's edge while viewing amazing sunsets over the canal. Linger over a coffee and tuck into a pastry while feeling that you are experiencing the true Paris.
- Musee de l'Eventail, 2 Boulevard de Strasbourg, ☎ +33 1 4208 9020. 2PM-6PM M-W, During vacations: 2PM-6PM M-F. Exhibits a collection of more than 400 fans from the 18th century to the present day.
- Palais des Glaces, 37 Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple, ☎ +33 1 4202 0525. 11PM-6:30PM M-Sa. Grand palace with two theatres, the Palais des Glaces (Palace of Mirrors) features two shows, often two comics, simultaneously, and sometimes shows for children.
The Boulevard de Strasbourg found between Place de la République and Gare de l'Est is known for supporting the coiffure or hairdressing trade, with dozens of shops selling hairdressing equipment and supplies. Interestingly the African hairdressers of Paris have set up shop right alongside their suppliers. So if you're interested you can have your hair done up in dreadlocks, pearly braids or another African style and can have your nails done too!
Meanwhile rue de Marseille has a number of trendy clothing shops. Another good spot to explore the slightly delapidated Passage Brady. It's full of Indian and Pakistani restaurants, for which it's sometimes called "le Petit Bombay". Stop in at the Bazaar Velan for incense, spices, and kitsch souvenirs.
- Artazart, 83 quai de Valmy (Métro Jacques Bonsergent), ☎ +33 1 40 40 24 00 ([email protected]). Open Daily 10.30AM -7.30PM Sat & Sun 2PM - 8PM. A bookshop, specialized in design & graphic design. Lots of imports.
- Marché St-Quentin. (open Monday-Saturday 8AM-1PM, 3:30PM-7:30PM, Sunday 8AM-1PM). Market that offers a variety of goods from flowers and vegetables to antiques and candies. Check the cheese seller on the side near rue de Chabrol, and the pâtissier and the charcutier on the same side...
- Du Pain et des Idées, 34 rue Yves Toudic, . one of the best new bakeries in Paris
- Bang!, 112 quai de Jemmapes, ☎ +33 1 40 40 07 11, . Offers a selection of first class meats from all over the world (From American Angus and French Aubrac to Argentine Angus and Simmental from Bavaria), along with natural wines. The result is a friendly, warm space to meet friends, enjoy delicious food and converse against a soothing musical background of jazz and pop.
- Baxo, 21 rue Juliette Dodu (near le canal Saint Martin), ☎ +33 1 42 02 99 71, . A lounge bar restaurant with a bobo environment and rich dishes.
- Julien, 16 rue du Faubourg-St Denis (Métro: Strasbourg-St Denis), ☎ +33 1 47 70 12 06. Open Daily Noon-3PM, 7PM-1.30AM. The original 1890 decor of this Parisian dining classic is a mix of Cuban mahogany and Art Nouveau paintings and fixtures - an atmospheric treat. The cuisine is mostly south-western French: lots of foie gras and the speciality, cassoulet d'oie (goose in white beans). Lunch €21, prix fixe €30, average plate €40, all cards taken..
- Mukura, 79 quai de Valmy (Métro: Château Landon). This tiny Colombian restaurant calls itself a "Salon du chocolat, café, thé & fruits latino". In fact they serve a variety of fine plates for lunch or dinner, and the great fact is that it's one of the few truly non-smoking dining rooms around. Make sure to try their Lulo juice as well as their fruit salads. Lulo is a fruit native to Colombia.
- La Vigne Saint Laurent, 2 rue Saint Laurent (Métro : Gare de l'Est), ☎ +33 1 42 05 98 20. open daily lunch/dinner. Tiny wine bar, good choice of classic country food (beautiful 'charcuterie') & good choice of reasonably priced wines.
- Restaurant La Strasbourgeoise, 5 rue du 8 Mai 1945 (Métro Garde de l'Est), ☎ +33 1 42 05 20 02. One of the good "choucroutes" in Paris, in a nice décor', make sure to visit, its highly recommended.
- Chez Prune, 36 Rue Beaurepaire (near le Canal St. Martin), ☎ +33 1 42 41 30 47. Primarily a drinking establishment, but serves food as well. The cheese plate, which is served with bread and fruit, is particularly good. Often quite crowded with locals. Waitstaff not necessarily proficient in English.
There are lots of Indian" Restaurants (actually very often owned by Pakistanis) in Rue du faubourg Saint Denis, between Rue du Château d'Eau & Rue de la Fidélité (Métro: Château d'Eau).
They offer cheap, tasty vegetarian and tandoori food that is typically 5 €. In Passage Brady (between Boulevard de Strasbourg and Rue du faubourg Saint Denis) Shalimar is a good choice for a great night out.
In the same Rue du faubourg Saint Denis but higher up, between Gare du Nord & Boulevard de la Chapelle (Métro Gare du Nord or La Chapelle), try out some Tamil food & Pondicherry specialities.
- Khrishna Bhavan, 24 rue Cail (Metro: La Chapelle), ☎ +33 1 42 05 78 43, . 11AM-11PM daily. Serves excellent Indian vegetarian dishes from the southern state of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. First timers can consider trying the Thali, a combo platter consisting of steamed rice served with 5 different curries. €5 mains. (+48° 52' 58.26,+2° 21' 34.56)
Map of the 10th Arrondissement
- Baxo, 21 rue Juliette Dodu (near le canal Saint Martin), ☎ +33 1 42 02 99 71, . A new romantic lounge bar with a very nice patio.
- Le Verre Volé, 67 r Lancry (near the canal Saint Martin), ☎ +33 1 48 03 17 34. A part wine bar-part wine shop, an excellent address for nice, simple food & wines -and you can take home a bottle you've sampled during meal if you wish!
There are a number of real cheapies in the 10th which seem to be worth checking out.
- Peace and Love Hostel, 245 rue Lafayette (Métro: Jaurès), ☎ +33 1 46 07 65 11 ([email protected], fax: +33 (0)1 42 05 47 50), . Travellers who have a lot of hostel staying experience mostly find the Peace and Love to be well within the high quality range for hostels. As usual in Paris the rooms are pretty small, the staff in general gets high marks, but the manager has been known to be crabby. Apparently the pub is good enough that there's some danger you might not go out. Must be between 18 and 35, and want to party to stay here. They suggest that if you want to sleep, this may not be the place for you. €17 for a dorm bed in the off season €21 during high season. Double rooms are €25. (48.88230,2.36874)
- Hôtel Vicq d'Azir, 21 rue Vicq-d'Azir (Métro: Colonel-Fabien), ☎ +33 1 42 08 06 80. This little cheapie is in the process of a renovation under its new management. Most of the rooms overlook a nice little courtyard with a tree. Rooms with a shower are €22.50/€28 singles/doubles or €18/€20 without a shower. Showers in the hall cost €3, so maybe go for the shower in the room..
- Hotel de Maubeuge, 79 rue de Maubeuge (Gare du Nord), ☎ +33(0)1 48 78 03 49, . Simple and decent.
- Hotel Marciano, 168 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis (Gare du Nord), ☎ +33 1 40 37 71 71, . Cheap, adequate and clean.
- Hotel Saint Quentin, 27 rue de Saint Quentin (Gare du Nord), ☎ +33 1 40 36 95 50, . Quiet location in a little street, just in front of the station (Gare du Nord).
- Hotel Paradis Paris 41 rue des Petites Ecuries (Métro: Bonne Nouvelle), ☎ +33 (0)1 45 23 08 22 ([email protected]), . The Hôtel Paradis is ideally located in a typically Parisian street situated half way between the Gare du Nord railway station and the prestigious Opéra Garnier in Paris. The nearby Grands Boulevards are perfect for shopping and evening entertainment with an array of theatres and cinemas. Direct metro links will take you to Notre-Dame Cathedral, the historical Saint-Germain district or Montmartre in no time.
- Albert 1er Hotel, 162, rue Lafayette, ☎ +33 1 40 36 82 40. The rooms are not too big but very clean and well equipped. The staff are friendly and can send you an official reservation confirmation if you need it.
- Hôtel Paris Est Lafayette, 175 rue Lafayette, Paris 75010. Recently renovated, this 51 room hotel has modern furnishings decorated with warm colours. Staff are professional and efficient and there is 24 hr reception, as well as a tasty buffet breakfast each morning in the buffet room.
- Quality Hotel Gare Du Nord, 31/33 Rue de Saint-Quentin. Housed in a historic building dating back to 1868, the Quality Hotel includes in all its rooms modem plugs, Wi-Fi access and tea & coffee making facilities.
- Hotel à la Villa Saint Martin, 27,rue des récollets (Métro: Gare de l'Est), ☎ +33 1 46 07 07 07 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14h; checkout: 11h30. La Villa Saint Martin is a 3 stars hotel offering many features such as free Wifi Internet, Flat TV screens, fitness rooms and more.
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