A historic district in Paris, located on the Right Bank, hosts many outstanding buildings of historic and architectural importance. Now a picturesque district with medieval lanes full of bars, restaurants, hotels, fashion boutiques, trendy shops, jewellery, wine shops, art galleries and museums. A district in which Maximilien Robespierre, Victor Hugo, Jim Morrison and others has lived.
As already mentioned, Le Marais has an amazing array of museums, whatever your area of interest – be it contemporary art, 18th-century romanticism and classicism or lesser-known details of Paris history, you will love it. Including the Pompidou Centre, that houses France’s biggest collection of modern and contemporary art and from where you will have some breathtaking views over Paris. Musée Carnavalet, which displays exhibitions of the French Revolution as well as those relating to the history of Paris. Then The Maison de Victor Hugo, The Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme (also situated in a fine private mansion), The Musée Picasso, the Maison Européene de la Photographie, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and even more.
The district has many 17th-century private mansions, now listed monuments and definitely worth visiting. For example the hôtels de Sully and de Soubise, the Hôtel Salé (now home to the famous Picasso museum), the Hôtel de Ville (a short distance from Place des Vosges - Paris’s oldest square), etc. All of them with long and very interesting history which contains world-famous artists and revolutionary putsches.
This quarter is also one of the best shopping experiences in Paris, especially in streets such as Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Rue des Rosiers and Rue du Temple. You will find all kinds of shops here. From luxury boutiques and ready-to-wear, vintage shops and concept stores to design shops and antiques markets also known as brocantes.
There are loads of small picturesque restaurants and even luxury restaurant to choose from. You should also visit the oldest market in Paris, the Marché couvert des Enfants Rouges, with colourful stalls, fresh produce, flowers and tasty dishes prepared on the spot.
Le Marais is also a centre of LGBT culture, beginning in the 1980. 40% of the LGBT businesses in Paris are in Le Marais. You will find many LGBT spaces and shops in Rue des Archives, Rue du Temple, Rue de la Verrerie and Rue des Lombards.
Le Marais district is really packed with things to see and do, so if you don't want to miss anything, visit Le Marais with one of our Paris tours and enjoy it the most.