Paris Sightseeing & Boat Cruises on Canal Saint-Martin

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Things to Do in Paris 10th Arrondissement


Paris Sightseeing – In the 10th arrondissement are two of Paris’s six main railway stations, the Gare du Nord Paris and the Gare de l’Est built during the 19th century, as well as the Saint Martin Canal.

The two train termini are among the busiest in Europe.

If you are planning to do some daytrips and sightseeing, make sure you go to the correct train station to catch your ride.

Check your tickets to see which train station your train is departing from or you could miss your train.

Gare du Nord Paris Train StationGare du Nord Paris with the Fast Trains in the Station

Gare du Nord Paris is the busiest railway station in Europe and handles trains to Northern France, as well as to various international destinations such as Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and United Kingdom.

The station complex was designed by French architect Jacques Hittorff and built between 1861 and 1864 and is one of the interesting things to see in Paris.

Gare de l’Est is not far from Gare du Nord and handles trains heading to the north-eastern parts of Paris, Épernay, Reims, Strasbourg, Colmar, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.


Canal St. MartinCanal Saint Martin

Canal Saint Martin is Great for Cruising and Pedestrian Strolls

The 10th arrondissement also contains a large portion of the Canal Saint-Martin, which in 18th century Paris was partly an industrial center but now offers some unique things to see in Paris.

There are many boat cruises to take you through the canals and locks for Paris sightseeing.

The streets lining the canal have become car-free for the latter half of the day each Saturday, and all day on Sundays and is a great district for your cycling and strolling pleasure, as well as for roller-blading.

Paris Attractions - Canal St. Denis Area is Great for WalkingCanal Saint Martin District is Great for Walking, Eating or Rollerblading

Lately the Canal Saint-Martin area has been enjoying the benefits of a booming nightlife scene due to the hip Paris restaurants and cafés which line its banks.

Other hot spots to visit on your Paris vacations are the historic Place de la République in the far south of the 10th arrondissement, with its many bars, restaurants and cafés, and Porte Saint Denis.

Porte Saint DenisPorte Saint Denis

The Boulevard de Strasbourg found between Place de la République and Gare de l’Est is known for its wholesale coiffure or hairdressing trade, with dozens of shops selling hairdressing equipment and supplies.

Paris Attractions - Porte St DenisUnderneath Porte Saint Denis with the Pigeons

Many African hairdressers of Paris have set up shop right alongside their suppliers, and if you’re interested you can have your hair done up in dreadlocks, pearly braids or another African style and have your manicure done too.

For more Paris shopping during your Paris vacations, rue de Marseille has a number of trendy clothing shops.

Here you can explore the Passage Brady on your vacation in Paris, which is full of Indian and Pakistani restaurants, or stop in at the Bazaar Velan for incense, spices, and kitsch souvenirs.


Paris Sightseeing – The 10th Arrondissement

  • Canal Saint-Martin
  • Gare de l’Est
  • Gare du Nord
  • Porte Saint-Denis
  • Porte Saint-Martin

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