You’ve reached Gare de l’Est, the final stop on the line! Unboarding a train, or just getting off the metro, one can’t help but muse about what spending a week in this area would feel like. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy playing the urban nomad in the streets of the tenth arrondissement, on a quest to find the perfect oasis where to quench their thirst for entertainment and for one of too many drinks.
The former Récollets monastery has been turned into the Maison de l’architecture, home of the Café A. Its terrace filled with sun during the day takes on a different, vibrant atmosphere come night-time. This is the place to sit back, listen to great tunes and devour an amazing burrata from the Pisa region and sip a delicious bio-dynamic wine, like the famed Hommage à Robert from the vintner from the Ardèche region, Gilles Azzoni.
Taking a stroll in the streets around the station will take your taste buds on a journey across the globe. Head to the many shops of Passage Brady for Indian food, to a deli named Desina for Bulgarian products, whilst you’ll come across everything Italian at Totum and goodies from Latin America at Castro. If it’s French fare you’re after, you’ll find everything you need at La Boutiques des saveurs. Those who can’t get enough Spanish ham and have an Internet connection can make their pick on the website of la Patte Noire before stopping by their shop in this district to pick up their order.
After a dip in a swimming pool (either Parmentier or Nakache, whichever suits you best), have breakfast at Floréal and plan to stop by again in the evening, swapping your cup of espresso for a glass of red. And seeing that nothing goes better with coffee than a good book, head to Aux livres, etc to pick the read that’ll be the perfect match for it.
Today is girls’ day: after breakfast at Comptoir de Brice inside Marché Saint Martin, and a stop at d’Objets Céléstes, to have a look at the amazing creations made by the shop’s owners, you can fancy yourself a princess by ordering the eponymous drink (a mix of violet, prosecco and vodka) at Zelda or try the mandarin-flavoured, tangy sweetness of Le Chose.
Stay healthy and follow the seasons by ordering a five fruits and vegetables salad at Jeanette for lunch, and then forget all about these good resolutions in the afternoon, indulging in a yuzu pie at Bulma. Spend the evening at La Fidélité, the night-bistro famous for its frivolous food and classy clientele, a hot spot of the Parisian night. Ready for a murder on the dance floor? Then take your guns for a clubbing showdown at Pompom.
For those who’d like to take a weekend stroll and still have lunch at home, head to Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin. Start at number 202, the best roaster of the capital, Broches du Faubourg, and grab a portion of roast chicken and baby potatoes, then go next door, number 204, where you can choose between a quasi infinite array of fine cheeses at L’Attrait des Saveurs. End your mini-walk on the opposite street side, at number 195, where you’ll find the perfect bottle to match the meal you’ve just composed at Caves Saint Martin.
It’s brunch-day! Those who like it on the meaty side will make sure to head to Bang !, those who can’t imagine it without a cup of tea will grab a table at La chambre aux oiseaux, while those who want to make everyone happy will choose to go to the Enfants perdus, where they can play board games or finish reading the book they bought on Wednesday.