When you visit Paris as a tourist – or even as a resident of a different arrondissement – you often find yourself taking three-different metro lines out of your way to visit all-but-one place.
After battling the metro, navigating the unknown streets and mustering up your six-to-seven words of French, it’s common to have the overwhelming urge to hail a taxi and return to the simplicity of your boutique hotel.
Yet armed with the right information you can absorb the best of the tiny villages that constitute Paris, all without even hitting the next Metro stop.
As a starting point, here are five addresses to make the most of metro Jacques Bonsergent in the 10th, from Republique up to Chateau d’Eau…
Produce at Marché Saint-Martin
31 rue du Chateau d’Eau 75010
You can find everything you need – fish, meat, cheese, shellfish, vegetables, wine, dairy – alongside a displaced German food store, Italian deli and Au Comptoir de Brice, a little café serving up daily specials at the heart of the market.
Coffee at Ten Belles
10 rue de la Grange aux Belles 75010
Go for the coffee, perhaps take a cake or a cookie, definitely get stuck into lunch if it is the right time of day. Food comes courtesy of Alice and Anna, the brains behind Le Bal Café, with coffee by Thomas Lehoux – oft referred to as Paris’s best barista.
Shopping on Rue de Marseille
Rue Beaurepaire, Rue de Marseille 75010
Between Republique and the Canal Saint Martin, specifically on Rue Beaurepaire and Rue de Marseille, you can find end-of-season outlets for Sandro, Maje and Claudie Pierlot, or check out Wesc, American Apparel and a host of multibrand boutiques.
Dinner at Le Verre Volé
67 rue de Lancry 75010
Perhaps one of Paris’ best cave-a-manger’s, this haphazard restaurant serves a small but serious selection of modern French bistro fare, as customers nestle amongst shelves teaming with natural wines. All eyes rest on produce, with meats from Hugo Desnoyer & cheeses from Bordier.
Cocktails at Le Coq
12 rue du Chateau d’Eau 75010
Le Coq brings something new to the Paris cocktail scene, eschewing the ‘speakeasy’ vibe for the underground glamour of the 1970’s. Marianne Faithful and Serge Gainsbourg adorn the walls, as the menu draws influence from obscure French liqueurs and local produce, in a bid to update the classics of the past.