Looking the best things to do in Le Marais Paris? Le Marais district is one of the best arrondissements to stay in Paris. In which arrondissement is Le Marais located? In the 3rd and 4th arrondissements and a very popular area with many places of interest and tourist attractions. Also cozy restaurants, coffee bars, boutiques and concept stores such as Merci. This originally Jewish neighborhood in Paris is also known for its many bakeries and patisseries, where you can enjoy French delicacies.
Le Marais is also a great area for shopping in Paris. The Rue des Francs-Bourgeois is the main shopping street of the district with a wide range of fashion shops, art galleries and trendy boutiques. The district is also a paradise for vintage lovers, there are numerous vintage shops with a large selection of clothing, accessories and antiques.
There are also interesting museums in Le Marais, such as the Musée Picasso or the recently renovated Musée Carnavalet. Just get lost in the many, nice streets and there is something new to discover around every corner. These are our favorite sights, hotspots, nice places to enjoy culinary delights and shopping in the Le Marais district of Paris. And also discover the best boutique hotels in Le Marais.
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1. The best shopping areas in the Le Marais district of Paris
You can shop in Le Marais mainly in Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Rue de Turenne and Rue Vieille du Temple. These are some of the nicest shopping areas in Le Marais with brands such as Sandro, Maje and The Kooples. But there are also many other interesting boutiques with handmade products, from jewelery to fashion accessories and home decoration. Le Marais is also recommended for vintage enthusiasts. And then we are definitely talking about the Kilo Shop, one of the most famous vintage stores.
TIP: You can also shop in the Le Marais district on Sundays, but keep in mind that it can be very busy.
2. Best restaurants in Le Marais: 10x places to enjoy good food
The Jewish neighborhood Le Marais has many nice restaurants where you can eat and drink. With not only classic French cuisine, but also traditional falafel, great couscous and the latest food trends.
Below 10 of our favorite places to enjoy culinary delights in Le Marais:
– Chez Julien: famous hotspot from the series Emily in Paris
– Les Philosophes: affordable food in an atmospheric bistro
– Le Saint-Régis: dining in the heart of Île Saint-Louis
– L’As du Fallafel: the most famous and tastiest falafel in Paris
– Chez Janou: restaurant in Paris with southern French cuisine
– Boot cafe: the smallest coffee bar in Paris
– Breizh Café: eat delicious crêpes in Le Marais
– Le Mary Celeste: extensive cocktails and small dishes
– Jaja: fashionable and trendy restaurant
– Miznon Marais: street food with fresh ingredients
3. Place des Vosges: one of the most beautiful squares in Paris
Place des Vosges is one of the most iconic squares in Paris and is located in the heart of the Le Marais district. According to many, it is also the most beautiful square in Paris. Surrounded by beautiful houses with harmonious symmetry and under the arcades there are many nice shops, restaurants and art galleries. One of the main attractions in the square is the Maison de Victor Hugo, the former home of the famous French writer. It was converted into a museum and offers a glimpse into the life of the author and his works.
The famous square is also the site of several events during the year, such as music festivals, art fairs and theatrical performances. In the summer months, the square is a popular picnic spot and a fantastic place to relax and soak up the sun.
4. Marché des Enfants Rouges: the oldest covered market in Paris
Food tip in the Le Marais district: Marché des Enfants Rouges. The oldest covered market in Paris where you can enjoy world cuisine in an authentic atmosphere. Marché des Enfants Rouges was founded in 1628 and took its name from a nearby orphanage that dressed children in… red clothing. The market offers a wide variety of fresh produce, ranging from fruits and vegetables to exotic spices and delicious dishes. There are more than 30 stalls, including traditional French dishes, international dishes and street food. Order a delicious couscous with mint tea and take a seat among the locals on the cozy terraces. Recommended.
5. Rue des Rosiers: iconic and lively street in the Jewish quarter
Rue des Rosiers is an iconic street located in the heart of the Jewish quarter of Le Marais. There is always a vibrant atmosphere and you can also enjoy delicious food and drinks. In this famous street you will find many shops with Jewish delicacies. It is best known for its excellent falafel including Chez Marianne and L’As du Fallafel. In the Rue des Rosiers there are also many trendy boutiques and vintage shops.
6. Le Village Saint Paul: cobbled streets and hidden courtyards
Much less known and touristy is Village Saint Paul, a historic district in the heart of Le Marais. Often described as a ‘village within the city’, because of the cozy atmosphere and the countless shops and galleries that you can find here. With its cobbled streets, old buildings and hidden courtyards, this is one of the most picturesque and charming places in Paris. Looking for art, antiques, good food or just a quiet stroll? Then Le Village Saint Paul is definitely worth exploring.
7. Musée Picasso: one of the largest collections of Picasso
Musée National Picasso is dedicated to the work of the famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Founded in 1985, it houses one of the largest collections of Picasso’s work in the world, with more than 5,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and other works of art. The stunning collection is spread over 5 floors of the beautiful 17th century Hôtel Salé, itself a masterpiece of French architecture. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum also regularly organizes temporary exhibitions that are worthwhile.
8. Merci: most famous concept store in Paris
We don’t really need to introduce concept store Merci in Paris. This well-known concept store, located in an old wallpaper factory, can be recognized at the entrance by the red Fiat 500. Very popular on Instagram. Clothing, furniture, accessories, vintage, books,… you could spend hours there. They also have 3 nice cafes (including the Used Book Café which is definitely recommended) where you can have a nice bite to eat and drink. Nice to know: Merci donates part of the profit to a charity in Madagascar that helps women and children in poverty. Put Merci on your bucket list.
9. Discover Place Sainte-Catherine and Jardin Anne-Frank
Finally, 2 nice squares full of charm where we like to relax. Place Sainte-Catherine, a hidden square with a very lively atmosphere. Particularly popular with locals and tourists due to the many restaurants, cafes and bars that can be found here. And then Jardin Anne-Frank, opened in 2007 and designed in memory of Anne Frank and to promote tolerance and peaceful coexistence. An oasis of peace in the heart of Paris and ideal for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Le Marais in Paris is a bustling district with numerous sights and trendy places to eat and drink. The Jewish neighborhood of Le Marais is also a great place for shopping. Still looking for a nice hotel in this district? Discover the 6 best boutique hotels in Le Marais Paris.
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