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).

    Le Marais Neighborhood, Paris.

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 
  • Place des Vosges
  • Paris café Le Marais

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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