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
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.
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:
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.