When making a train connection in Paris, the obvious answer is to cross the city with great efficiency using the underground but there is a distinctly more pleasant alternative. Since Paris is much smaller than London you can see something of the city by walking from one terminus to another. On this route we passed through the historic Marais area to get from the Gare du Nord to the Gare D’Austerlitz, stopping for a sandwich in the 10th arrondissement. For an alternative return route, see below.
Where to Eat (outward route)
The most famous baker in Paris is located en route in the 10th arrondissement, join the queue for a croissant and picnic in the Jardin des Plantes right next to the Gare D’Austerlitz.
- Du Pain et des Idées, 34 rue Yves Toudic, 75010; 011-33-01-4240-4452; closed Saturday and Sunday
On Your Return
On the way back a more direct route passes three cafes very near the Gard du Nord and the Canal St. Martin. You will also cross a foot bridge decorated with padlocks by those locked forever in love.
Where to Eat (return route)
You may prefer a sit down at a cafe on the way back, so as you near the Gard du Nord there are several good places to eat en route, yet away from the tourist hub.
- Helmut Newcake, 36 rue Bichat, 75010; 011-33-0-9-8259-0039; closed Monday and Tuesday
- Le Sésame, 51, Quai de Valmy, 75010; 011-33-0-1-4249-0321; open daily
- Les Enfants Perdus, 9 rue des Récollets, 75010; 011-33-0-1-8129-4826; open daily (reservations recommended)