Once a sleepy suburb, the 10th Arrondissement has been rejuvenated by its lively boulevards and eclectic nightlife. Much of the activity centers on the canal, with students and other bohemian groups gathering for picnics and social occasions along pedestrianized banks. Sit at a café and watch cyclists and skaters zoom past your table in this youthful, leafy zone.
In the eastern part of the arrondissement, amble along the cobblestone Promenade du Canal Saint-Martin and note light filtering through the trees. Meet locals relaxing on the steps with baguettes, cheese and wine. Stand at the bridge center and notice the changing hues of the water at sunset. Nearby are many restaurants serving regional and international cuisine, particularly Indian.
For a glimpse of local history, move south to the Place de la République. Gaze up at its central statue of Marianne, who depicts a deity of Liberty. Its plaque reads, “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity,” a motto engrained in the nation’s psyche since the French Revolution. Watch kids play in the square’s water mirror. Browse quirky restaurants and bars in alleys leading from the plaza.
Continuing this theme of eccentricity, visit the Musée de l’Éventail for its collection of old-fashioned fans. Admire the Baroque décor of the rooms, with features including a monumental fireplace and chandeliers. Learn about the process and materials used in the production of hand-held fans.
Watch a one-man show and other intriguing performances at the Palais des Glaces. Visit one of the canalside bars for a glass of French red wine.
Find this Parisian section in the northeastern part of the city. It is southeast of Montmartre and just north of the 2nd and 3rd arrondissements. Two of Paris’ six railways stations, Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, are in this area. Ride the metro to Place de la République, which is on many lines.
The canal is the highlight of the 10th Arrondissement, which also has shopping boulevards, a large plaza and intriguing attractions.