When people used to talk about the trendy 10th arrondissement, they were usually referring to the area around Canal Saint Martin, with its scenic waterways and overload of hip cafes and bars. However, once tourists stumbled upon this hotspot, the Parisians instantly started looking elsewhere, moving west to Strasbourg Saint Denis. Previously, it was home to slightly questionable kebab shops and Paris’ ‘less glamorous’ characters, with streets such as Rue du Faubourg Saint Denis and Rue du Chateau d’Eau generally avoided at all costs.
However, what was once the gritty and grungy side of the 10th is now becoming the new place to be, where you can find a whole host of juxtapositions – restaurants turning away from traditional French fare and instead embracing American cuisine, galleries featuring non-traditional and underground forms of art, and the local style set subverting previously démodé pieces to spin them into a distinctly unique look. Take a look at the new 10th… You won’t find anywhere else quite like it!
Pops of colour, smart tailoring and retro vintage buys offset the monochrome Parisian uniform
This Instagram-worthy cafe brings the outdoors in, where floral bouquets are served as a side with your slow-brew coffee and gluten-free cakes. Forget confit de canard and steak tartare; here, top quality French meats are given the Texan treatment in a stylish, CUT Architectures designed premises. Cult streetwear brands hang next to sharp Italian knits and homewares from Japanese ateliers in this cool concept store. At this new restaurant/bar witness creativity taking over as Rémy Savage (crowned the most imaginative bartender in the world) mixes up a host of unusual ingredients.
Tucked away in a graffiti-covered basement, this contemporary art gallery features a rotating calendar of international artists, with a focus on street art. This shabby-chic venue is bringing jazz and blues to a new audience, with concerts from up-and-coming bands and big name acts. If you like your comic books up on a wall instead of a magazine, then this is the place to head to. Whether you’re after fashion, film, multimedia, co-working space or concerts, La Gaite Lyrique has it all, housed in a beautiful 19th century theatre.