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The neighbourhood Le Marais is my favorite neighbourhood in Paris. This Paris guide is all about the Le Marais. A few of the most historic buildings, museums and streets are found in this neighbourhood. This is the Paris guide to Le Marais!
I can honestly say that Le Marais is my absolute favorite neighbourhoods. After five trips to Paris, exploring all the different neighbourhoods, staying in different ones and going to dinner in different ones. I love the different characteristics and vibe in the neighbourhoods but it still always feels like Paris. They complement each other so incredibly well.
I will focus on the location, the different hotels and things to do in the Paris guide of Le Marais. Related to the restaurants and cafes – there are just so many amazing places to go. Which is why I recommend you to just walk around in the centre of Le Marais and you will find whatever you want. Burgers, pizza’s, typical French bakeries, luxury restaurants and bars are all together in the different streets.
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Paris Guide | The location of Le Marais
Le Marais is located in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. An arrondissement is basically a neighbourhood and Paris has around 19 different neighbourhoods which all have their own characteristics. Le Marais is known for the cozy streets, the chill vibe and the white houses near the Seine.
It’s the perfect place to stay ‘cause you’re close to a lot of the sightseeing spots. As with any neighbourhood in Paris, the metro’s stop at almost every corner so it’s easy to get around with the metro. Especially Metro Line 1 stops in Le Marais which is the metro to the Louvre, Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomph.
Paris Guide | How to get around
Le Marais is pretty small and it’s very doable to walk around. I would actually recommend you to walk around instead of taking the metro. The metro is so easy but you miss so much of Paris ‘cause you are obviously underground.
The central metro location is “Saint Paul” on Rue Saint-Anthoine. This is Line 1 that goes to Châtelet, Louvre, Tuileries, Franklin D. Roosevelt and George V.
As I said before, this is the line that goes along the popular sightseeing spots in the centre. Fun fact: this is an automatic metro which means it isn’t actually driven by a human. This was also 1 of the 2 metro’s that was working during the strike.
Paris Guide | Where to stay
During my stay in le Marais, I stayed in Villa Beaumarchais located right next to Rue Amelot. It’s located in a small side street which is very quiet so you won’t notice the busy street next to it. Very nice if you want to sleep in silence in such a big city! The breakfast in this hotel is really good and has many options to choose from. The rooms have a historic design, are pretty small but it’s good enough for a city trip.
This map of Booking.com shows all the other hotels and apartments in le Marais. Just click on the arrow to show the information and to be referred to the hotel page. Especially during these unsure times – Booking.com makes it so easy to book a hotel and pay at the hotel when you arrive. You have the time to cancel your booking up to 1-2 days before your stay begins.
Paris Guide | Things to do
As I said before, le Marais is perfect for sightseeing and museums. Whenever you walk through the neighbourhood and look around, there is so much to see and explore. I guess the best known building is Notre Dame which is located on the edge of le Marais. We all know the fire in Notre Dame and they are working hard to rebuild it. Nevertheless, it is still a gorgeous building to see and admire! You can’t get close but you can get a good view and picture from the front of Notre Dame!
The Paris guide isn’t complete without a few shopping tips. Do you love shopping? One of the biggest inside malls is located in le Marais. Les Halles is an inside mall with all the usual shops like H&M, Zara, MAC, Mango and much more. You will find this right next to the metro stop “Les Halles” in the centre of le Marais. There are a lot of cafes around this mall so I would say – go shopping and get outside and have a nice drink in one of the Parisian cafes!
Besides this inside mall, there are more shops in le Marais. Most of them are smaller, locally owned shops in the small streets. To be honest, these are my favorite shops to discover. I love Zara and Mango, but I have those in the Netherlands as well. I love discovering other shops with unique clothing I won’t find in my own country. Besides, when you move away from the big mall and discover the smaller streets, you’re more likely to find special buildings and hidden gems. It’s also a great way to escape the crowds in Paris.
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Centre Pompidou is a modern museum which has been turned inside out. Sounds crazy, but it makes sense when you see it. It is a special and unique building which resembles modernity best. To explain it shortly – what’s normally on the inside of a building is now on the outside. What’s normally on the outside (like the bricks and stuff) is on the inside of the building. It stands out and I promise you will see it if you walk around le Marais!
Musée Picasso is located inside Hotel Salé and holds almost every piece of art from Picasso! This museum is located on 5 Rue de Thorigny. Another museum worth visiting is Musée Carnavalet which holds the entire history of France. If you’re a history lover like me – this one is perfect. The building is incredible and it’s always so interesting to learn more about the history of the city you’re visiting. Paris has an incredible history to learn more about.
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I’m definitely coming back to le Marais and discover some new hotels. Maybe I’ll try to book two different hotels and more around the neighbourhood a little more. Or maybe – it’s better to actually discover another neighbourhood like Montmartre. Who knows! Even after 5 trips, I haven’t gotten sick of Paris yet. I have fallen more in love with the city and can’t wait to live in Paris in the future.
Save this Paris guide to le Marais if you’re visiting Paris in the future. Even if you’re not staying le Marais, it is definitely a place to explore. It’s magical during the winter but I absolutely loved it during the summer time too. Take a walk along the Seine, enjoy the sun on the sun beds or enjoy a nice cold drink on the terrace of a café. You will love it. This Paris guide has been long due, but hopefully it gave you some inspiration and ideas of things to do in le Marais!
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