• Go shopping in the numerous boutiques of the districts : concept stores, thrift shops, design and antic shops, crafts, bakeries, pastries... walking around la Rue Vieille du temple and rue des Francs Bourgeois.
Or to find everything directly in a same place, go to the big mal BHV.
• Have a coffee on a terrace, have a brunch rue de Bretagne, eat an ice cream, have dinner in a conceptual restaurant, ... The district counts hundred of place to eat. Stop by le Marché des enfants rouges, an amazing outdoor market with multicultural food (Caribbean, Italian, Japanese..). Stop by la rue au Maire to eat in the various Chinese restaurants.
• Visit museums located in hotel particuliers (traditional mansions) : the museum Picasso (dedicated to his works), the Musée de la chasse et de la nature. Discover the house of Victor Hugo, visit the museum of Jewish Art and History, explore museum Carnavalet.
• Discover the various beauties of the district. Walk around la Place des Vosges (the most famous traditional french styled garden of the district), enter the garden of the Archives Nationales (National Archives), pass by le Passage de l'Ancre before getting lost in the streets to find more charming and little secrets.
• Pass by la rue des Rosiers, main street of the Jewish sub-district. Eat a falafel (often queuing but it worths it) or carry on shopping. I would recommend Mi Va Mi rather than the famous L’As du Fallafel, less queuing and as good.
• Le Marais used to be the gay district of Paris with many bars, nightclubs, bookshops, restaurants, shops and bakeries. You should go to the gay-est bakerie in Paris, and a rather good one as well : Le Gay Choc. You will be amazed by there creativity and sense of humour.
• Discover the numerous small art galleries mainly located rue Saint Claude and rue Chapon as well as the world famous ones : rue de Turenne (Galerie Perrotin), rue Debelleyme. (Galerie Thadeus Roppac).
Time to stay : one day
Subway : Hotel de Ville (line 1, 11), Filles du Calvaire (line 8)
Location : 3-4 ème arrondissement
The old district of Paris, le Marais has been preserved by the modern urbanism fortuitously. Bucolic frontages, cobbled streets, little squares, secret gardens, it often looks like a little village.
Very famous, the districts attract a lot of Parisians going shopping in the numerous boutiques. This is said it is the trendiest area of Paris, mostly in the northern part of the district.
This is also one of the best districts to find a nice place to eat, ranging from traditional restaurants to the most conceptual ones.
Without forgetting the many places, museums or art galleries to visit...