The 10th arrondissement of Paris is often referred to as l’Entrepôt (warehouse) and contains two of Paris’s six main railway stations: the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l’Est. It is divided into quartiers: quartier Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, quartier de la Porte-Saint-Denis, quartier de la Porte-Saint-Martin, quartier de l’Hôpital-Saint-Louis.
Part quiet and picturesque suburb, part modern industrial district and travel hotspot, the 10th arrondissement reaps the benefits of both its faces. Rent a bike and cycle along Canal St. Martin, engage in some people watching in one of the cafes or go shopping for things you don’t really need. The 10th arrondissement is good for relaxing.
The current limits of the 10th arrondissement follow those established in 1860, during Haussmann’s renovation of Paris. As it has long been a residential area, many notable people used to lived there, including Paul Verlaine and his family, and many years later Julio Cortázar.
The thirty-seventh quarter was named after Saint Vincent de Paul, C.M., the founder of the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity, who was renowned for his compassion and work for the poor.
The thirty-eighth quarter owes its name to the Porte Saint-Denis, a monument located at the site of one of the gates in the Wall of Charles V, former fortifications of Paris that no longer exist.
The nearby Porte Saint-Martin, a monument located at the site of one of the gates in the former fortifications of Paris, lent its name to the thirty-ninth quarter.
The Hôpital Saint-Louis, a historic hospital founded in the 17th century by King Henry IV, is situated in the fortieth quarter.