Canal Saint-Martin © French Moments

Last Updated: 30 January 2022

For many visitors coming by train from England, the Benelux and Germany, the Tenth arrondissement is an entrance gate to Paris.

A few words about the 10th arrondissement

10th arrondissement of Paris © ThePromenader - licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
10th arrondissement of Paris © ThePromenader – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

The Tenth arrondissement of Paris (le dixième arrondissement) is situated on the right bank of River Seine and is home to two of the main six railway stations of Paris: Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est. The district covers an area of 2.89 km2 with a population of 94,027 (2011 census).

10th arrondissement Paris © French Moments
10th arrondissement Paris © French Moments

The 10th arrondissement was touched by the 13 November 2015 Terror Attacks. Nevertheless it is a relatively safe neighbourhood (although I would personally avoid walking at night time in an area stretching from the railway stations to the métro stations of La Chapelle and Stalingrad).

Main places of interest in the 10th arrondissement

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On the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris © French Moments

The 10th arrondissement does not have as many tourist attractions as in the central arrondissements of Paris. However there are a few noteworthy monuments to discover:

  • the monumental façade of Gare du Nord
  • the Canal Saint-Martin with its locks and iron bridges forms a traditional picture-perfect view of Paris.
  • the Saint-Vincent de Paul church
  • the Place de la République
  • the Porte Saint-Denis
  • the Porte Saint-Martin
  • the St. Louis hospital
  • the gothic St. Laurent church
  • the city-hall of the 10th arrondissement
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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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