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Le Marais

Though gentrification has made this one of the city’s most fashionable quarters, it is still heavily Jewish and has been for nearly one hundred years.

TravelCurious Tip

Inkeeping with its bohemian feel, this is one of Paris’ best districts for vintage clothes shopping.

Spread out over the 3rd and 4th Arrondissements on the Right Bank of the Seine, Le Marais is an endlessly charming labyrinth of small crooked alleyways where you can easily wander for a day. It is arguably the most historic district in Paris, with more pre-revolutionary buildings left intact than anywhere else in the city. As well as imbuing the area with a strong sense of history, the age of the place gives Le Marais a completely different feel. While Paris is famed for its wide open squares and avenues (think Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Élysées), these were actually only constructed during the rule of Napoleon after the French Revolution. The architecture and haphazard layout of Le Marais is what all of Paris would once have looked like, and so it offers an intriguing insight into the Paris of old.


The Spirit of the Revolution

Nevertheless, the lack of major world attractions often means that Le Marais is overlooked by visitors to Paris. But what it lacks on this front it more than makes up for in charm, and you can immediately see how its unmistakably Bohemian vibe brought Robespierre, Victor Hugo and Jim Morrison to live here. Particularly worth visiting is the Place des Vosges, one of Paris’ most beautiful parks, built by Henry IV and considered by Napoleon himself to be the jewel of Paris.


Nearby Attractions

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Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre Dame, perched on an island in the heart of Paris, is one of the finest cathedrals in the world.
Île de la Cité
This island in the middle of the River Seine is the historical heart of Paris.
Memorial of the Shoah
The Shoah Memorial and the Holocaust Centre form a single entity whose mission is “understanding the past to illuminate the future.”
Place des Vosges
The oldest planned square in Paris and one of the finest in the city. Located in the Marais district.
Deportation Memorial
Memorial to the 200,000 men, women and children deported from France to Nazi concentration camps between 1940 and 1944 who did not return.
Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue
Only 5 meters wide by 23 meters from front to back, Art Nouveau genius Hector Guimard used the motif of the Ten Commandments to inspire this building's book-like shape and interior.

Related Tours

The French Revolution Private Walking Tour
Uncover the tumultuous events of the French Revolution with your expert guide. 

  • Enjoy an introduction to pre-revolution France- uncovering the historical and economic circumstances that led an assembly of the three estates 
  • Stroll through iconic Le Marais
  • See the remains of Bastille prison and other traces of the revolution 
  • Walk down rue Saint-Antoine, and discover remains from the past, such as the first exclusively female political club 
  • Take a break by the Place des Vosges 
  • Discover a section of a wall remaining from the prison de La Force
  • Conclude at the Revolution collections at Carnavalet museum
The events of the French revolution were chaotic, historic, and truly extraordinary. Uncover this iconic period of history with an expert guide. Commence your tour with an introduction of pre-revolution France, and the economic and political landscape that led to a great class clash between the clergy, the nobility, and the bourgeoisie. Discover the fall of Louis XVI and the dismantling of the Ancien Régime, explore the remains from the storming of Bastille, learn about France's abolition of feudalism, and the subsequent stream of power conflicts that made France's history so bloody. 
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