24 Hours In Paris: The 10th Arrondissement

Take an in-depth tour of one of the city's coolest quarters.

If you visit Paris long enough to see diverse parts of the city that are not touristy, you’ll discover that each arrondissement (or neighborhood) has its own unique identity. While we all have a good mental image of what we think the Parisian girl looks like, her style can drastically change depending on what part of town she’s from, and where she likes to hang out. So, we came up with the idea of bringing you a travel guide to all of Paris’ 20 arrondissements – and what to do in each one if you only had 24 hours, plus what to wear to blend in like a local. 

Unlike many understated arrondissements in Paris, the 10th has been on the hip crowd's radar for a long time, since the Canal Saint Martin has become one of the city's must-sees. Even so, the area hasn't really taken off with tourists, but it has become a local favorite, where people regularly come to enjoy pop-up concept stores by day and some of the trendiest bars by night. It may be difficult to fit it all in in just 24 hours, but here's our guide to experiencing the preferred hangout of Parisian hipsters and cool kids. 


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The 10th arrondissement is full of cool brunch spots, and one of the best-known in town is Holybelly. Its latest incarnation, Holybelly 5, offers an all-day breakfast menu which includes incredible eggs and bacon from 9-to-5.That said, it's impossible to pick a favorite item from the menu, we could quite easily order one (or three) of everything while sipping a great cup of coffee. And we recommend that you do, too. Once you've had your fill, head down the Boulevard Magenta towards Place de la République, a public square built in 1811 with a large fountain and statue of Marianne (the personification of the French Republic) towering in the middle. It's the natural meeting point for most of the city's protests – of which there are many – but also where skaters come to show off their skills and many meet for shopping afternoons in the surrounding area. Nearby the square is Rue du Château d'Eau, a small street filled with interesting stores. If you're looking to better your apartment, La Trésorerie is a multi-brand home goods store with beautiful selections of pots, pans and all the stuff to make your house even more homely. Across the street is L'Atelier Couronnes which sells leather goods, stationary, home fragrances and jewelry. The store is both easy on the eyes and the Instagram feed. 


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Spend a sunny afternoon people-watching and exploring the Canal Saint Martin where young Parisians come to hang out during the day and chill at night. Flanking the water are busy restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world, cafes and arty boutiques. Check out Artazart, an art and design book shop where you will discover a well-curated selection of knick-knacks, as well as publications on photography, illustration, graphic design and more. The creativity runs through the roof here! Nearby is a large wall mural where the graffiti is regularly updated by different artists. The iconic Hotel du Nord – named after the 1938 Marcel Carné film – offers classic Parisian charm to all its visitors. Take a slight deviation from the canal-side for a break at Ten Belles, one of the original Australian-style coffee shops in the city, serving beans from Belleville Brulerie and fresh baked goods. While the interior comprises a tempting mezzanine level, we suggest taking a snug stool out the front to soak in the sun while you enjoy your flat white. Next door is Bleuet Coquelicot, one of Paris' most romantic florists. Tom, the owner, is passionate about flowers, and his bouquets are unique and meticulously well-tended – whether you pick up a dozen roses or a single flower for yourself, it will be wrapped up beautifully. 


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During the summer, people tend to take their own picnics (read: wine) and sit outdoors by the water. Grab a bottle of rosé from the Franprix supermarket, find a spot where you can dangle your feet over the canal and blend in like a local. As for dinner, Les Resistants offers a unique dining experience with a focus on modern French food using ingredients from small producers across the country. The interior decorations are also very Insta-worthy. Afterwards, head for drinks at Copper Bay: a cool cocktail bar with a maritime theme that will have you wishing you'd brought your mermaid tail as choose from the drinks list. Our favorite? It's got to be the Mermaid Gimlet. End the night dancing at Le Comptoir Général, one of Paris' coolest hidden gems, offering world music with decor of vintage finds that will make you think you're on the set of an Indiana Jones movie. 

Check out our selection of pieces inspired by the 10th arrondissement's stylish hipster style to add to your closet for that local look:
Free People Black Crescent Top - $168
Mango Floral Ruffled Dress - $49
Few Moda Striped Lace-Up Shirt -$80
H&M T-Shirt with Print Design - $18
Linda Farrow Round-frame gold-plated glasses - $553
Violeta by Mango Printed off-shoulder blouse - $59
Forever 21 Classic Buttoned Denim Jacket - $30
FRS Striped Skirt - $72
H&M+ Rib-knit Top - $60
Storets Mary Glitter Body Suit - $88
Forever 21 Plus Size Utility Jacket - $30
Kimchi Blue Rainbow Striped Sweater Cami - $39
Topshop 'Je T'aime' Slogan Crop T-Shirt - $30
Current/Elliot The Fling Relaxed Fir Jeans - $258

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