Paris is a hot tourist destination for plenty of reasons. The City of Lights has an abundance of activities to offer in terms of art, culture, restaurants, architecture, and nightlife. Paris’s many neighborhoods are distinctly individual and different, and Le Marais is quickly becoming one of the most popular neighborhoods because of its unique architecture, one-of-a-kind boutiques and galleries, and museums galore. Here are just a few of the things to see and do while visiting Le Marais, Paris:
Place Des Vosges
Place Des Vosges has often been referred to as “the most beautiful square in Europe” and it is easy to understand why when gazing upon its perfectly symmetrical arches. Place des Vosges is the oldest planned square in the city of Paris, dating back to the 17th century, and features over thirty of the most exclusive houses in the city overlooking a park in the center.
Place des Vosges features art galleries, cafes and restaurants, and designer boutiques plus a park in the middle with benches for reading and grassy areas for laying in the sun. Enjoying the architectural beauty of Place des Vosges is one hundred percent free.
Place des Vosges
10 Place des Vosges
75004 Paris, France
Village Saint Paul
Village Saint Paul is a quiet series of interlocking courtyards tucked away in Le Marais, and is one of the best kept secrets of Paris. Cafes with outdoor seating, shops, and amazing boutiques make this spot a great place to relax and people watch or find hidden treasures.
The labyrinth of courtyards is set inside three blocks of buildings, cutting it off from traffic and making it an oasis of peace and quiet. This perhaps why on any given day, Parisians can be seen reading, writing, and chatting in Village Saint Paul. While you will have to pay for a coffee, exploring the antiques and sitting the square will not cost you a dime.
Village Saint Paul
27 Rue Saint-Paul
Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris
The Musée Carnavalet or Museum of the History of Paris is completely free and occupies two joint historic mansions: Hôtel Carnavalet and the former Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau. The central gardens alone make a trip to this architectural wonder worthwhile, but the real treasures can be found inside. Tour the apartments of Napoleon or examine artifacts that date back as far as the 13th century. The Musée Carnavalet also houses an extensive collection of paintings, some unfinished, and many of the personal items of Marie-Antoinette.
23 Rue de Sévigné
75003 Paris, France
01 44 59 58 58