Le Marais

Tourists always recount that visiting the Marais made them feel like going back in time. Often compared to the famous West Village in Manhattan, this part of Paris is unique through its architecture, animated by the numerous restaurants, bars, hotels, boutiques, wine shops and art galleries, all spread along the narrow medieval lanes.

le Marais, Paris

Residence of the rich, as the remaining buildings suggest, the area is the livid representation of the peaceful and romantic Paris, where artists would stop to read Camus or Sartre in small cafes, looking for inspiration. It is also the star of the Jewish quarters in Paris, still sheltering impressive traditions.

Although its past was a peaceful one, the district is now the home of numerous sightseeing objectives, so, as a tourist, you may have a hard time deciding where to begin from. Places like the Bastille, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Hotel De Ville should certainly be on your list.

An interesting stop will be the Opera house, built from glass by the famous Mitterand, currently referred to as La Boheme, and from there you can follow the Canal St. Martin to the Port de Plaisance.

If the Place des Vosges is certainly on your list of places to visit, the Jewish quarter won’t disappoint you either, with its famous Rue des Rosiers. You can then explore rue de St. Antoine and the square of St. Catherine.

Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the numerous art galleries and designer shops. It is not for nothing that the Marais is often compared with SoHo in Manhattan.

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