One of the most underrated and little-used metro lines in Paris, Line 10 stretches from the upscale suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt in the west to Gare d’Austerlitz near the Jardin des Plantes in the southeast.
Mostly trundling along the Left Bank after having crossed the Seine between Mirabeau and Javel-André Citroen, its tracks take riders to a fair few hidden gems, sights which are interesting for both first-time and returning visitors to Paris.
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Heading east from Boulogne, Paris’s Metro Line 10 quickly makes a somewhat confusing split in order to cross the city’s ring road, called le périphérique, and the Seine. The stations in this loop can only be reached from only one direction, as indicated by the arrows on the map.
Fortunately, these less-than-convenient stops lead to mainly residential areas, so you can safely skip them and start exploring once you reach the southern bank of the Seine. That is, unless you’re attending Roland Garros, aka The French Open, in which case you’ll want to hop off at Porte d’Auteuil or Michel-Ange Molitor.
Line 10’s first stop in Paris proper is at Javel-André Citroën. It not only boasts the cutest little station building by the Seine but also brings you to one of Paris’s most underrated parks: Parc André Citroën.
Once the site of a Citroën car factory, the land was turned into a park in 1992. It’s now home to a vast green space with art, greenhouses, and themed gardens, offering a lovely picnic spot where you’ll be surrounded by Parisians rather than tourists.
Get out at La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle on the weekend to saunter along the market held underneath the above-ground Metro Line 6. It’s one of Paris’s best food markets and you can stroll along it all the way up to the Eiffel Tower from here.
Two stops later, the station Duroc is handy for visiting Les Invalides, whereas Vaneau station’s entrance is an attraction in and of itself, themed in an Egyptian fashion, offering an intriguing mix of art deco and old Egypt. Vaneau as well as the next station of Sèvres-Babylone are the stops for the Bon Marché, the world’s first department store, and probably the most beautiful in Paris, especially around Christmas time.
Onward to Odéon, for that classic Left Bank experience. From here you can explore Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the wonderful Passage Cour du Commerce Saint-André, with the ancient Le Procope, and stroll to Saint-Sulpice.
If you manage to pull yourself away from the charming area and hop back onto Line 10, then get straight back off at Cluny-La Sorbonne where the station’s ceiling is covered with a mosaic featuring the signatures of some of the most important people in Paris’s history. Outside, you are steps from the wonderful Musée de Cluny, the medieval art museum, which comes complete with some Roman ruins.
Another few stops down the line, Jussieu allows you to explore both the Arab World Institute with its modern architecture, amazing rooftop views, and always-changing exhibitions, as well as the Latin Quarter and the Roman ruins of the Arènes de Lutèce.
Last, but not least on this line, is stop Gare d’Austerlitz. Formerly known as Gare d’Orléans, here you can catch trains to, yes, Orléans, as well as Toulouse and other destinations in the southwest of France. Have a look at the wonderful turquoise gate through which Metro Line 5 enters after crossing the Seine.
Across the road, you have the Jardin des Plantes, complete with gigantic green houses, the Natural History Museum, a small zoo, and the oldest cherry tree in Paris.
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