Le Marais

    On the Right Bank of the Seine, the lively Le Marais district retains the charm of old cities with its old stones and crooked streets. Full of trendy bars and restaurants, this is also one of the best shopping areas in Paris. Fashionable shops, beautiful concept stores, and designers’ workshops are tucked into every corner of the neighborhood’s narrow streets. Le Marais also boasts interesting architecture, including the sumptuous Place des Vosges, and is home to several museums (Musée Picasso, Carnavalet, Archives Nationales).

My life in the Neighborhood

My first neighbor when moving to Paris was Picasso. Nestled into a 19th-century apartment on one of the Haut Marais’s most charming streets, Rue du Perche, the museum that houses some of the artist’s most celebrated works sat in direct view, just meters away. Though he never lived in this once-private home called a hotel particulier, I still consider Picasso a part of my early Parisian life. Even prior to Paris, I was a great fan.

Aside from my respected neighbor, I became completely smitten with the Haut Marais, just north of the trendy Marais enclave. A maze of cobbled streets boasting boutiques with independent Parisian designers; centuries-old eateries alongside brand new in-the-know restaurants; galleries exhibiting the latest in contemporary art from around the world.

All of this became mine those first few years, and now, living further north in my beloved 75003 neighborhood, I have become one of the locals.

By Kasia 

Neighborhood Staples

  • Visit the Hotel de Sully and admire the building's stately Louis XIII architecture

  • Stroll through the arcades then perch on a park bench at La Place des Vosges

  • See the home of the famous French author and artist Victor Hugo

  • Pass by Saint Paul's and head inside to admire the impressive dome in the center of the church


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    Chocolate Lover's Delight

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    Puffy Pastries in Paris

    L'Eglise Saint-Paul Saint-Louis

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    Les Chouettes

    Chic Drinks & Dining in Eiffel-Inspired Interiors

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    Mansion in Le Marais

    L'Eclair de Génie

    No Ordinary Parisian Pastry

    Le Jardin des Rosiers - Joseph-Migneret

    Secret Rose Garden in Le Marais


    Cozy Café & Charitable Concept Store

    Le Mary Celeste

    Cocktails & Oysters


    Phone-Free Coffee


    Parisian Perfume Bar


    Mexican Speakeasy


    Hip, Healthy Eats

    Le Marché des Enfants Rouges

    International Eats & Fresh Flowers

    Wild and the Moon

    Vegan Cool Coffee

    Place des Vosges

    Paris's Once-Royal Square

    Maison de Victor Hugo

    Parisian Home of a French Icon

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    Café Berry

    Healthy Food in a Stylish Parisian Café


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