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Situated on the right bank of the River Seine, the 10th Arrondissement is a worthy destination even if you're not planning a day trip by train. Here, find real Parisian life, since few tourist attractions are located in the neighborhood. The 10th is a great destination for dinner after visiting the museums—both Centre Pompidou and Picasso National Museum are located just to the south—or after shopping in the upscale Marais district.
Things to Know Before You Go
The 10th Arrondissement is a great destination for impromptu travelers, since there's lots to see and no planning required.
Relax and soak up the sunshine at Jardin Villemin, a quaint park that's an oasis from the bustling city.
Foodies shouldn't miss the vendor-packed Marché Saint Quentin, on Boulevard Magenta.
History buffs should stop by Passage Brady, an 1820s arcade that's now home to popular Indo-Pakistani eateries.
How to Get There
It's convenient to get to the 10th Arrondissement by metro. Several lines service the area, including the 4, 5, and 7—all of which connect through the Gare de l'Est transit hub. To walk the canal, plan to take the 2, 5, or 7 trains to the Jaurès metro stop—and walk south—or take the 11 train to the Goncourt / Hôpital St Louis stop, and walk north.
When to Get There
There's no bad time to visit the bustling 10th Arrondissement. To enjoy an evening on the canal, plan to visit after a day wandering the Right Bank, and hop the metro from the nearby 2nd and 3rd arrondissements. Visit on the weekend if you want to experience the area busy with activity, but if you visit on Sunday, expect to find some shops closed.
Exploring the Canal Saint-Martin
One of the must-see features of the 10th Arrondissement is Canal Saint-Martin. Plan to walk the canal between Rue La Fayette and Rue du Faubourg du Temple—about 1.1 miles (1.7 kilometers). Among its charms: numerous cafes with views of the water, locals hanging out on the canal's banks and sipping wine, and restaurant patios brimming with diners. It's an ideal destination on warm nights.
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