It is largely known for the Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, but the 10th arrondissement is more than a transport hub. Like the two stations, the 10th is a mixture of two extremes, part quiet suburb in the Faubourg part of the area and part industrial centre between Porte Saint-Denis and Porte Saint-Martin Quarter.
The neighbourhood is separated into four quarters. Quartier Saint-Vincent-de-Paul is one of its richest ones. Quartier de la Porte Saint-Denis is more commercial and industrial. Quartier de la Porte Saint-Martin is a mix of residential and commerce. Finally, the Quartier de l’Hôpital Saint-Louis is quaint and quiet, famous for the Canal Saint-Martin, where trendy bistros and art studios have greatly contributed to the neighbourhood’s increasing popularity.
The 10th arrondissement is in close proximity to the 11th, where the popular nightlife spots of Place de la République and Place de la Bastille are based. This means the 10th benefits from fantastic nightlife without being too close to it. Every night the bars and restaurants are filled with artists and a thriving media and creative community. Living in the 10th allows locals to be close to the excitement, but not live within the boisterous fun, which can easily go into the late hours.