Discover Le Marais
Located in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements in Paris, Le Marais is one of the trendiest neighbourhood of the capital thanks to its small streets filled with cafés, fashion shops and places where you can eat food from all around the world. It originally owes its name (The swamp) to the “marécages” that were located there a long time ago but it then became the place where part of the French aristocracy used to live (in the XIIIth century). Today, you can still see there a good number of “hotel particuliers”, some of which were built in the XVIIth century, more than 300 years ago ! And this typical architecture is one of the reasons why it is one of the most pleasant places to take a walk and spend some time.
If you want to go there, take the subway to the station Hôtel de Ville (metro line 1 or 11) or Saint Paul (metro line 1) and start by admiring either the Hotel de Ville in front of you, part of which was built during the Renaissance (in the XVIth century) with its beautiful “place” and the typical carrousel or the beautiful church Saint Paul in which you can go if you want to admire the heart of the church and its cupola.
To continue with the cultural visit of the neighbourhood, you can go to one of the numerous museums, which are in the area. For example, if you are interested in literature and History, there is the beautiful house of Victor Hugo (located on the Place des Vosges, subway station Bastille or Saint Paul right near of our three vacation rentals on Saint Gilles streets the studio’s one, the one bedroom apartment’s one or the two bedroom apartment’s one), one of France’s most read and admired authors which is a charming way to learn more, not only about the life of this character but also about the XIXth century during which he lived. If you are more interested in technology and its evolution throughout the time, you may want to check-out the “Musée des arts et Métiers” (60 rue Réaumur in the 3rd arrondissement). This is one of the oldest museums dedicated to the evolution of technology for it opened in 1794, and thanks to its amazing objects and wonderful exhibitions, you will be able to travel through time for a little while.
If culture is an important element of this neighbourhood, it would be a shame to take a walk there and not try one of the numerous places that sell delicious food and which are one of the reasons for its fame.
An important Jewish community settled there in particular in the pedestrian Rue des Rosiers, where we have one beautiful one bedroom holiday apartment. Therefore you can find amazing bakeries (such as the very famous Boutique Jaune) and shops that sell street-food : falafels for example. A great way to relax after spending a few hours in a museum ! If you’re not hungry but want to rest your legs and have a drink, there are also cafés absolutely everywhere and most of them are really nice and welcoming so pick whichever you prefer.
At last, you will probably have noticed while visiting the place that you can find a good number of shops that sell clothes or accessories, even though it is less famous than the Galeries Lafayette or the Printemps and that you may have to walk a little to find your perfect fit, Le Marais can also be a good idea if you intend to do some shopping.
This historical neighbourhood is probable one of the places in Paris where you will be able to admire architecture the most so if you want to have a better idea of what Paris looked liked in the past, do not hesitate to go there !
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Maison de Victor Hugo, 6 place des Vosges
The beautiful house of Victor Hugo , one of France’s most read and admired authors which is a charming way to learn more, not only about the life of this character but also about the XIXth century during which he lived.
Musée des arts et metiers, 60 rue réaumur
One of the oldest museums dedicated to the evolution of technology for it opened in 1794, and thanks to its amazing objects and wonderful exhibitions, you will be able to travel through time for a little while.
Le Loire dans la Théière, 3 rue des Rosiers
A very nice coffee in the beautiful pedestrian Rue des Rosiers.
La boutique Jaune, 27 rue des Rosiers
A great bakery in the famous pedestrian Rue des Rosiers.