SFP Neighbourhood Guide | 10th arrondissement
It’s been a while since we’ve posted a neighbourhood guide, and despite the ever changing food scene in Paris, we still have our old and reliable go-to’s. We thought we would share with you our favourite coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and hotels that we feel would give you a full and well-rounded experience of the 10th arrondissement in Paris.
As one of the trendier and younger neighbourhoods of Paris, it’s important to experience this area like a local would, and to discover the charm of it yourself. Boutique shopping, coffee drinking, and eating out at the newest and trendiest restaurants is what the 10th is all about. Allow us to help get you started on your neighbourhood tour.
52 Faubourg Saint Denis
52 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
The opening of 52 Faubourg Saint Denis by Charles Compagnon completes the perfect trio of neo-bistro French restaurants. After the success of L’Office and Le Richer, 52 Faubourg Saint Denis arrived to Paris on the bustling and trendy rue du Faubourg Saint Denis. The interior is a mix of wood, cement, and marble, with high bar stools and exposed brick walls with industrial-style lighting. Go mid-afternoon for a coffee and a cake, or stop in for lunch or dinner for fresh, farm-to-table cuisine. The simple menu makes for an easy choice and guaranteed satisfaction! They do not take reservations so be sure to arrive before 1pm for lunch or 7:30pm for dinner to secure your table!
9 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
If you ask people where the best place to have brunch in Paris is, we can almost guarantee that 99% of people will say Holybelly. Holybelly was designed for Sunday mornings. Whether you are just waking up, suffering from the night before, or looking for a hearty breakfast with friends or family, Holybelly is the place to be. They open at 10am on Sundays and unless you are a table of 2 be sure to arrive right at 10am on the dot to avoid an hour-long wait. Delicious coffee, food, and a cosy Sunday morning ambience will heal all that ails you. If you can’t make brunch on Sunday, worry not, they are open throughout the week and serve delicious lunch and breakfast menus on a daily basis!
80 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010
The warm and cosy restaurant situated close to the Gare du Nord makes this the perfect option for a lunch or dinner on your way to, or from, the train station. The service is friendly, informative, and laid back all at the same time, which makes for an enjoyable experience. The waiters take the time to carefully explain the menu and recommend wine pairings with the food from their great selection of wines. The fusion of delicate flavours, Parisian atmosphere (and wine!) and British culture makes an interesting choice of menu. We recommend the duck and beef cheeks, if you’re into that kind of thing!
50 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
One of the best and most trendy burger joints in Paris is located on the famous rue du Faubourg Saint Denis, Paris New York, or better know as PNY. If you want a taste of America, with a pinch of French fusion, then this is the place to go. The meat is all locally sourced from Le Ponclet, a local farm who take care of every step of the butchering process, meaning this is some of the finest meat you will get in France. Their original flavours and burger concoctions with a side of loaded fries make this well worth a visit for a hearty meal in Paris.
52 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010
Blackburn is an old favourite coffee shop of ours and you’ll struggle to find a coffee that beats theirs! Not only do they have a great barista who produces the perfect flat white with beautiful coffee art to go with it, but they also specialise in some of the most delicious home made cakes. We urge you to try their famous home made chai cake along with your coffee, as you won’t have a complete experience of Blackburn without it!
10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010
A fantastic coffee stop that’s a hipster’s beard away from the funky Canal St Martin, it appears that everyone inside Ten Belles adheres to their billboard that proclaims “drinking good coffee is sexy.” Fantastic coffee comes from their classic Mazocco machine, and the counter is lined with pastries and cakes for those who are feeling peckish. The small and cosy interior is the perfect place for a coffee break while exploring the Canal St Martin area, or just for a quick gossip with your friend!
5 Rue Bouchardon, 75010
As you walk into Copper Bay, you are immediately greeted by one of the charming waiters who finds you a place to sit, settles you in, and brings you the cocktail menus all with the most welcoming manner and smile. This alone has us wanting to go back for more. Once you’ve taken a look through their carefully curated cocktail menu and chosen your preferred choice, the bartender fixes up your drink right in front of you with such expertise, and present each cocktail in a different glass and each with their own special presentation. The buzzing and trendy atmosphere is perfect for an apero with friends, or an after-dinner date cocktail with your other half. We couldn’t recommend this place more highly!
44 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010
Gravity bar has quickly become one of our favourite cocktail bars in Paris. It’s the perfect place to nibble on tapas-style sharing plates and sip on the innovative and generously-sized cocktails made by experienced mixologists. If you’re looking for a less formal dining experience with a local feel to it, this is the place to go. The stylish Scandinavian interior with dim lighting allows for a hip yet intimate setting to enjoy the evening with a selection of their creative plates such as poached pears with goat cheese or caramelised salmon bonbons, to name a few favourites. We highly recommend this place for a date, or for any occasion that calls for good quality cocktails by the Canal!
Hotel Providence Paris
90 rue René Boulanger, 75010
This lavishly designed boutique hotel located in the trendy 10th arrondissement is a luxury lifestyle hotel. If you’re looking for a different, yet truly Parisian experience, then this is an excellent choice of hotel. Every bedroom is uniquely designed with velvet walls, antique flea market finds and artisan light fixtures and furniture. Despite the historical set up of the 1854 townhouse, the modern service is at it’s finest, providing an in-room cocktail bar in each bedroom and a complimentary smartphone for guests to use freely during their stay.
Price : starting from €162 per night
41 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010
Hotel Paradis is located right in the heart of the trendy neighbourhood and just around the corner from some of the best bars and restaurants in Paris. The hotel is affordable, comfortable, and nicely decorated with a modern interior design and funky light fixtures and wall papers. The welcoming staff are on hand to help with anything you may need for a comfortable stay and a great experience in Paris. Prices are hard to beat considering the location!
Price : starting from €90 per night
Le Canal Saint Martin
The Canal Saint Martin is one of those unmissable areas in Paris. It’s the perfect location to take a stroll over the weekend, stop at Chez prune for a café crème or a glass of vin rouge to sit and watch the world go by. The canal itself has a tranquil atmosphere allowing you to spend an enjoyable afternoon there, but at night it comes alive. During the summer nights you’ll find people lining the canal having wine and cheese picnics, and enjoying the warm evenings. During the winter months, the buzz does not disappear, it just moves inside into some of the great young and “hipster’ bistros and bars that make up most of the canal. Le Comptoir Général is one of our favourites but be sure to get there before the line grows.
Not only is the canal lined with great boutiques, cute independent cafes, and some of the best restaurants in Paris, but it’s also a great area to discover some of the most creative street art in the city. The side streets that lead off from the canal are filled with hidden art work and graffiti and, if you’re lucky, you may see one of the street artists in action!
SFP TIP : The 10th arrondissement is home to the best Indian restaurants in Paris. Walk through the Passage Brady and find the hub of indian restaurants lined down the passage. If it’s vegetarian Indian food you’re looking for, then try out Krishna Bhavan on 24 Rue Cail, 75010.
April 18, 2017