The Fabulous Parisian Tenth Arrondissement, and surrounds

Posted on March 3, 2013


Rue Faubourg St Martin by night

Rue Faubourg St Martin by night

After six years in the glorious French capital I am ready to take on a new challenge, and explore another part of the world.

My last four years in Paris have mainly been in the tenth arrondissement and I’ve fallen in love. To the outsider it can look a little grimy and sometimes cheap, but to me it’s eclectic and upbeat. Over the last year or two it’s started to become gentrified, and as a result some fabulous food options  have been popping up.

Here are my top tips for this fabulous neighbourhood (ok so some of these aren’t technically in the 10th but they are usually less than a 15min walk from my house, so I’ve decided that they count too).

Great local French Restaurants (mostly tiny so book ahead):

10 Verre Vole

Cote de boeuf with humus and home made chimichurri

Verre Vole
67 Rue de Lancry  75010 Paris
Tel: 01 48 03 17 34
Comment: My top tip. Tiny wine bar with amazing food, super staff and shelves of wine that constitute La Carte. Two seatings each evening, call in advance. Love, love, love this place.

Les Enfants Perdu
9 rue des Récollets 75010 Paris
Tel. 01 81 29 48 26
Comment : Simply delicious food. A touch expensive but has never let me down.

12 Avenue Richerand, 75010 Paris
Tel: 01 42 38 00 13
Comment: Modern French Bistro, not too pricy with good honest cooking.

Vivant and Vivant Wine Bar
43 rue des Petites Ecuries, 75010 Paris
Tel: 01 42 46 43 55
Comment: The restaurant gets booked way ahead of time and can be pricey however a couple of doors down no booking is needed for their Wine Bar. Here you can sit at the bar, chat with the owner Pierre Jancou and watch your dinner being rustled up.

10 pigeon and beetroot at Frenchies

Pigeon with beetroot at Frenchies

Frenchies, and Frenchies Wine Bar
5-6 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris
Tel : 01 40 39 96 19
Comment: One of the best meals I’ve had in Paris. No wonder you have to book in advance, even for a table at 7pm on Thursday. Book a month ahead (I kid you not). The wine bar opposite is a great option to try the food. It gets packed after 8pm though, be warned.

17 Rue Notre-Dame des Victoires, 75002 Paris
Tel: 01 42 60 31 90
Comment: Another one of my favourite meals I’ve had in Paris. Seven course tasting menu only. The professional and very sweet server gave us half glasses of the paired wines for half price (I thought 7 glasses of wine may have been excessive for a Wednesday evening). Fantastic value for a restaurant of this quality.


Casual French

76, rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis 75010 Paris
Tel: 09 82 43 29 40
Comment: My local. Serves the best brunch in Paris in my humble opinion. 25euros and you won’t need to eat for three days. Help yourself to the desserts on the bar. Arrive hungry.

Chez Jeanette
47 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris
Tel: 01 47 70 30 89
Comment: Haussmann meets American diner. They do a mean burger. Perfect for a sore head at the weekend. Also check out the Coeur de Petits Ecuries: Lucky Luciano do a mean pizza and there’s a Brasserie Flo tucked away too.

Reveil du Xeme
35 Rue du Château d’Eau, 75010 Paris
Tel: 01 42 41 77 59
Comment: my favourite for a good old fashioned meat and potatoes type dinner. Duck and Steak there are always succulent. Potatoes are cooked in duck fat and are simply divine (if not good for the waistline)

Aux Tonneaux Des Halles
28 Rue Montorgueil, 75001 Paris
Tel: 01 42 33 36 19
Comment: Dirty Parisian wine bar that serves the most amazing steaks. Also a great option for summer aperatif with a chilled sweet wine sur terrace watching the world go buy. A real treat.

Le Café
62, rue Tiquetonne 75002 Paris
Tel: 01 40 39 08 00
Comment: You can’t go wrong with the trio of mini burgers in this scruffy, trendy café. They do some mean salads too.

Foreign Foods

O Scia
44 rue Tiquetonne, 75002 PARIS
Tel: 01 75 77 23 18
Comment: Best pizza in Paris. Napolitano style with chewy crusts. Watch the chef in front of the wood fired oven as you wait for a table.

Le 404
69, rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris
Tel : 01 42 74 57 81
Comment: From the owners of Momo and Sketch in London, comes a Moroccan with a French twist. If there are a few of you, ask for the platform area. Pop to the Andy Wahloo next door for a cocktail or two.

Best for Groups

La Fidélité
12 Rue de la Fidélité, 75010 Paris
Tel: 01 47 70 19 34
Comment : If you are with a group of people it’s sometimes hard getting reservations in the small Parisian bistros but La Fidelité is usually a good option. I love the cote du porc with dauphinoise potatoes.


Markets and Shopping

Rue Faubourg St Denis is my staple shopping street and has some wonderful local shops. Au Bon Porc and Juhles seems to run half the street and I’m never disappointed with the treats I come away with. Check out the fruit and veg on special, it’s in season so fresh and cheap.

Marche St Martin is another good food shopping option. And an excuse to pop to Comptoir du Brice for a bite to eat.

And of course there is Bastille Market open every Sunday until 3pm which is an experience in itself if you  are visiting Paris.

( has the best list of markets here)


Take Away/Delivery

Monthai, make a mean pad thai for under 10eur:

Sushi Shop, my favourite of all the sushi options it never disappoints:

Pink Flamingo, innovative, sometimes strange, pizzas try L’Aphrodite:


Sherry Butt
20 Rue Beautreillis, 74005 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)9 83 38 47 80
Metro: Bastille, Sully-Morland, St Paul
Open: Tue – Sat: 6pm – 2am, Sun – Mon: 8pm – 2am
Comment: Try the delicious pear tartine, or the burrata tartine. Then a Granny’s Old Pipe. Really.

37 Rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris
Tel:01 40 26 14 94
Metro: Bonne Nouvelle
Open: Mon to Fri 12.30 to 2.30pm, 6pm to 2am; Sat 8pm to midnight, closed Sunday
Comment: Make a reservation to be sure to get a table. Then order a basil and cucumber martini whilst you wait for friends to arrive.

A more thorough list of cocktail bars can be found here:

10 - ParisbymouthAnd my final, perhaps most important note: For anything else food related there is but one website that you need to know. It’s become my bible. God bless and thank you for all the delectable recommendations.