Le Marais

The Marais is one of Paris’ most “in” districts: with fashionable stores, buzzing bars and a diverse population. Prices are high, but it’s still an absolute must-see area.

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These days, the Marais is a melting pot of cultures, creating a unique atmosphere compared to the more traditional neighbourhoods. In the rue des Rosiers, you will find Jewish delis nestled alongside art galleries and concept stores, as well as many gay bars and specialised shops. The Marais is one of the most unique neighbourhoods in Paris, a mixture of stunning monuments and museums with the most fashionable spots of the capital. Whether you're looking for a one-of-a-kind outfit, a history lesson or a delicious meal, the Marais has it all! Many famous people have lived in the Marais. Victor Hugo, for example, who spent 15 years in a beautiful building on the Place des Vosges. His house has since been turned in to a museum, where you can learn all about how he lived his life and discover writing drafts that you won’t see anywhere else. Other famous French people who lived in the Marais were, for example, Madame de Sevigné, Honoré de Balzac and Alphonse Daudet. Read more...

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  • Medium to high prices, due to the variety of shops and bars. A lot of concept stores as well as high-end restaurants.
  • Cultural visits are affordable (a few museums and mansions are free to visit), otherwise prices range between 5-15€

  • Touristy neighborhood: especially around the centre of the Marais, near the gay and Jewish areas
  • Population: shop-keepers, hipsters, gay community
  • Families

Main metro stations:
  • St Paul (line 1)
  • Hotel de Ville (line 1)
  • Chemin Vert (line 8)
Bus (Saint Paul stop):
  • lines 69, 76, 96

  • Place des Vosges
  • Hotel de Soubise
  • Shoah Memorial
  • Carnavalet Museum
  • Rue des Rosiers

The Marais is a melting-pot of culture and religion!

History

The Marais' history started back in the 10th century, when the area - which used to be a swamp - started to be built on. Situated on the right bank of the Seine, it was during the 13th century that the Marais became the base of different religious institutions, such as Sainte-Catherine-du-Val-des-Ecoliers and the Blancs-Manteaux among others, each with their own specificities. During the following century, the Marais became a place for aristocrats and the royal population. Charles V, the king at the time, even built a mansion (the Hôtel Saint Pol) which marked the beginning of a noble era for the neighbourhood. Henri IV inaugurated the now iconic Place des Vosges in 1612, aiming to enhance the area with a place for aristocrats and nobles to spend time and relax. Read more...

Who you'll find there

The Marais is a true melting-pot of culture and religion. In the centre of the neighborhood, especially around the rue des Rosiers, you will find the majority of Paris’ Jewish community, resulting in many kosher restaurants, the best delis in the city as well as several small synagogues. Read more...