Paris: The 10th

I realize this is a blog mainly about the south of France, but occasionally I feel the need to branch out a bit, and this happens to be one of those times.

So bear with me.

Lately I’ve noticed much blogging about the 10th arrondissement in Paris.  The 10th is garnering a lot of attention as one of the up-and-coming neighborhoods in the city of light.  For those looking to snatch a good deal on a Parisian apartment, I’m told this is the first place you should look.

The Canal-Saint Martin neighborhood is in the 10th, between the Gare du Nord and Republique in northeastern Paris.  It is quirky, a bit seedy, and a lot of fun.  Bohemian shops, cafes, and artsy boutiques line the streets and young Parisians flock to the banks of the canal on sunny weekends.

I recommend a visit if you have a hankering to see another side of Paris.

And if you happen to find yourself in the 10th in need of a delicious meal?

Try Chez Prune.

Chez Prune is everything I’m not – hip, young, popular, and on top of it’s game.

The food is delicious and copious, the service prompt, and the price tag affordable (though I wouldn’t call it inexpensive).  On sunny days get a table outside (preferably with friends), order a bottle of rose’, and watch the world go by.

Chez Prune
71 Quai de Valmy
Tel. +33(0)142 413 047

4 responses

  1. A fromage blanc enjoyed from an outside table at Chez Prune on a pleasant afternoon, perfection! Also worth looking for is Le Verre Vole, a tiny wine bar/restaurant on nearby rue de Lancry…

  2. I have been living in the 10th for the past year and a half. It’s a hidden treasure, off the tourist maps and is best during the summer months when you can enjoy a few glasses of wine by the canal. Hotel du nord is my favourite restaurant, locals flock their as it provides a very intimate yet friendly setting. There is also a superb bakery on the corner of rue Yves Toudic and rue de Marseille.

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