Le Marais

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Place des Vosges in Le Marais

Le Marais, the trendiest district of Paris, has it all: Centre Pompidou. Picasso museum. Fashion shops open on Sunday. Gay and jewish communities. Bars and nightlife. Old and narrow streets and beautiful mansions. Places to visit in Paris.

Visit Le Marais Paris

It is hard to imagine Le Marais was a shabby district in 1970. Ruined houses housed poor immigrant families, many of them jewish from eastern Europe. Today, it is the trendiest district in town. City life is at its best in Le Marais.

Charming boutique hotels are everywhere. Le Marais also has many apartments to rent. Discover Le Marais on our three hour walk in Paris Marais

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

Le Marais communities

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 (Paris map) district with French fashion stores.

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

Gay community addresses.

Le Marais top sights

Carnavalet Museum, Paris history museum
Cognacq-Jay Museum, lovely art museum
Jewish Art and History Museum, well done in old mansion
Picasso Museum Paris, the best in the world
Place des Vosges, 17th century brick and stone square
Shoah Memorial, moving memorial of the deportation

Check Le Marais pdf printable map

Le Marais shopping

Rue des Francs-Bourgeois is perhaps Paris most trendy shopping street (Paris map). 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 Marais: 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 Le Marais Paris shopping.

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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