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Visit Le Marais in Paris

Le Marais is Paris' trendiest district: old and narrow streets, beautiful sights and museums, communities, fashionable shopping, people walking or riding bicycles.

Paris city life is at its best in Le Marais, a shabby district only forty years ago. We recommmend our Le Marais walking tour to discover Le Marais in three hours.

Paris metro: Saint-Paul, Hotel de Ville stations, line 1

Communities in Le Marais

Le Marais was Paris Jewish district. Many jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe settled there during the first half of the last century. Jewish shops share Rue des Rosiers district with French fashion stores.

Le Marais is also Paris' gay area. Rue Veille du Temple and rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie are the heart of this community with shops and cafes. Addresses.

Le Marais shopping

Rue des Francs-Bourgeois is perhaps Paris most trendy shopping street. You will find most French fashion brands there. Fashion stores in Le Marais are open on Sunday, which is rare in Paris. The largest stores are:

BHV Paris: one of the best department stores in Paris
Merci: trendy concept store and decor
Uniqlo Le Marais: beautiful fashion store in Le Marais

Detailed review of fashion shopping in Le Marais.

History of Le Marais

Le Marais developped rapidly after 1605 as King Henry IV commissioned Place Royale, now Place des Vosges.

Many nobles built their residence near Place des Vosges. The Hotel Sale housing the Picasso Museum and Hotel Carnavalet housing the Carnavalet Museum are glorious testimonies of Paris in the 17th century.

In the 18th century, the nobles migrated to the left bank. Le Marais became the shabby area it still was forty years ago. Fortunately, it was preserved from destructions, allowing its renaissance forty years ago.

Top sights of Le Marais on Le Marais map

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