The Marais, or the “Marsh”, is a historical quarter situated in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements (districts) in central Paris next to Chatelet-Les Halles and Bastille. This Quarter was built in the 12th Century on an old branch of the Seine. After drying up, the marshes were cultivated by religious communities and transformed into vegetable gardens to provide food for Paris citizens. The religious military order of the Templars built on top of this land. This zone thereby became the outskirts of Paris. Where is the oldest house in Paris? At 51 Rue de Montmorency, it is the Nicolas Flamel tavern, built in 1407. In the 17th Century, the Place Royale (to be renamed the Place de Vosges in 1800) was built to welcome French nobility into red-brick and white stone hotels, beautiful buildings typical of Paris. The house of Victor Hugo, which has been turned into a museum, is at number 6, Place de Vosges. It was here that he wrote a large part of the famous book “Les Misérables”. Other hotels in the area have also been converted into museums, such as the Musée Carnavalet or the Musée Picasso. Just nearby, in charming little historical streets, live shops, bars and art galleries, the place for go out. There is also the famous Rue des Rosiers, with its restaurants and kosher butchers. This street is the main artery of the Jewish district of Paris and also where the gay community is based. Furthermore the Marais is without a doubt one of the most fashionable Quarters of Paris, that you must visit. Let yourself be swept off your feet in the Marais with Pariscityvision.com during the walking tour of the Marais area : a Village in Paris, or aboard one of our minibus for a Paris Discovery tour.
This "village-like district" is still authentic. Because if it's dynamic and young environement the tourists like to wander there a lot, in fact the Marais is one of the most active districts in Paris where the LGBT community and the hypsters like to meet. The Marais is seen as well as a fashion temple as many boutiques managers are talented and avant garde stylists that cohabit with world well known department stores like BHV Marais.
Many pastry shops, restaurants and bars are waiting for you to enjoy the authentic and local french cuisine or taste the exquisite french wine.
If you want to hang out with your friends or your family this is the right place as it is an open and cosmopolitan district that welcomes diversity. Gourmet getaways are also proposed to initiate you to the french gastronomy.
Let the guide lead you through the Marais with Pariscityvision so you can discover this village within the city.
Discover a classically hip Parisian neighborhood on this small group walking tour. Walking through the streets of the Marais district with our specialist guide, you will discover remarkable 16th century mansions, hidden courtyards & gardens and cafés & restaurants that only locals know.
Discover the gay neighborhood of the Marais, where you'll learn about history as well as what's happening for the LGBT scene in the Marais today.
Spend a tasty afternoon in the Marais quarter of Paris, where you'll not only learn about the history of this colorful neighborhood, but also get to taste some of its sweetest desserts
Taste some delicious French wines, mouth-watering pastries and irresistible cheese & charcuterie on this tour of the best-preserved medieval area of Paris: le Marais!