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Le Marais

The 3rd & 4th Arrondissements
One of the oldest neighborhoods in Paris, the lively Le Marais district exudes old-world charm while also being one of the hippest corners of the city. Its old stone buildings and crooked, cobblestoned streets are full of trendy bars and restaurants, and it’s also one of the best shopping areas in Paris. Fashionable boutiques, 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 several charming smaller museums (Musée Picasso, Carnavalet, Archives Nationales).

The Must-Sees Near Le Marais

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Map of Le Marais

Discover the district with our bird’s-eye-view map
Le Marais Paris neighborhood map

The historic Right Bank neighborhood of Le Marais spreads across Paris’s 3rd and 4th Arrondissements. It’s bordered by Bastille on the east, the Hôtel de Ville on the west, the Seine on the south, and République on the north.

Main metro stations in Le Marais:

Portrait of Urbansider Paris writer Kasia

Life in the Neighborhood

By Kasia

“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 hôtel 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; art 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.”