Paris Neighbourhoods: Le Marais Neighbourhood Guide

The Marais is one of the oldest areas in Paris. The cobbled backstreets are a beautiful place for meandering and are bursting with boutiques, vintage shops, eateries and cocktail bars. It’s a favourite area for many people as it holds all of the charm of a bygone era yet is home to a wide selection of trendy hangouts. Below is an extensive Le Marais Neighbourhood Guide to ensure you love it as much as every visitor I know.

Place des Vosges Place des Vosges

It would be a sin to go to the Marais and not go to Place des Vosges. It’s a timeless square in Paris framed by beautiful red brick buildings and a selection of eateries and art galleries which are tucked away under the stone arches.


Rue Vieille du Temple

Rue Vieille du Temple is one of the better streets in Paris. It’s the perfect mix of fashion shops, concept stores and great eateries. Head to the art gallery Lambert Yvon Galerie for coffee table books and unique magazines, La Perle for great cocktails, and Breizh café for some of the best crepes in town.



Carette epitomizes the French way of breakfasting. You’ll find fluffy omelets and scrambled eggs, enormous tartines served alongside curled butter and adorable pots of jam and a traditional café crème which comes in pretty floral chinaware. Better yet this can be enjoyed on the terrace which looks out to the aforementioned Place des Vosges. Don’t miss the vast selection of pastries or the macarons (which some people consider the best in Paris).

25 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

Picasso museum

Picasso museum

To say the opening of the Picasso museum had been long anticipated would be a huge under exaggeration; after five years of renovation, people were fanatical about finally taking a peek inside. The hype around the museum is entirely justified – the building itself is a piece of art with its marble and sandstone interior, elegant details and Parisian staircase, not to mention the vast collection of 500 of Picasso’s works which await inside.

5 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris



Hoja is a funky little place with an awesome interior to boot. The menu is always seasonal and favours fresh ingredients; think big bowls of salad, homemade cakes and organic juices. I would recommend sitting in the room upstairs as you’ll feel instantly at home with its laidback vibe, slouchy sofas and beautifully printed wallpapers.

97 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris

National Archives

National Archives

A trip to the Marais would not be complete without a stroll through this tranquil courtyard. Not everyone knows that it exists so it always seems to remain a place of peace and respite dotted with a very few people sitting on the benches under the archway with a book in hand.


Fragments Coffee

There aren’t an awful lot of speciality coffee shops in central Marais but fortunately there are dozens in the haut Marais. Fragments Coffee is one of the best; pop to this stellar café when in need of decent flat white.

Le Loir dans la Theiere

Le Loir dans la Théière

The mountainous cakes with which the counter overflows are a pretty sight indeed and the best news is that they taste even better. Order the lemon meringue tart which comes piled five inches high with fluffy meringue and is the perfect balance of bitter and sweet (although it’s worth mentioning that one slice will be enough for two). Relax on one of the slouchy sofas and fill up on homemade comfort food such as quiche and the aforementioned cakes.

3 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris


Eat falafel

Paris is somewhat sleepy on Sundays with shops, supermarkets and many cafes closing so everyone congregates to the Marais which is the only happening district. It has become a tradition to head here for one of the famed falafel pitta breads which are delicious, satisfying and so filling. But don’t take my word for it; the queues which dominate the back streets are a testament to just how good they are.

L’As du Falafel 32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris,

Pasteis de Nata

Comme à Lisbonne

If you’re feeling the need for a sugar pause then this is the spot to come. Comme à Lisbonne serves only one thing; Portuguese tartlets known as Pasteis de Nata; and they are entirely scrumptious. This shop is completely authentic and as the name suggest the little treats are on a par with those that you’ll find in Lisbon.

37 Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 Paris



Berthillon might make the best ice cream in Paris but Pozetto makes the best gelato. It’s as good as any you’ll ever have in Italy. I’d recommend the traditional flavours such as pistachio, hazelnut or caramel au beurre salé which are so creamy and so good.

39 Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 Paris


Vintage shopping

You might have heard before that the best vintage shopping in Paris is in the Marais area and if so then what you’ve heard is true. The Marais is brimming to the seams with vintage stores, with rows of denim jackets, fur coats and cut-off jeans hanging on the rails. There are hundreds of treasures to be found within and the best way to approach them is to dive straight in.

Mary Celeste

Le Mary Céleste

Le Mary Céleste has become as famous for its oysters as for its cocktails. The best way to dine here is to order a generous variety of dishes to share amongst the table, making it the ideal place for girl’s night out. Every one of the cocktails is crafted and shaken to perfection by the incredibly talented bartenders; chances are you might not have a clue what you’re drinking but have faith that whichever one you choose will be delicious!

75003, 1 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris

Photography and words by Faye Bullock

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    November 25, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Great city Paris looking nice these place and very attractive photography post in such natural place thanks a lot for sharing

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    October 22, 2015 at 6:02 am

    I love Carette! I always visit the location at Trocadero (just across the river from the Eiffel Tower). And, yes, their macarons are the best in Paris.

    October 20, 2015 at 4:16 am

    Gorgeous pics! I moved to Paris this year and still have to pinch myself when I walk around the city 🙂

    October 12, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Staying here in just a few weeks time. Thanks for this post! 🙂


    October 10, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Beautiful pictures! They gave the right idea of how Paris really is !

    Kerjan | Backpack Babe
    October 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    All of these photos in Paris are so beautiful! 🙂 reminds me of my studying abroad there at La Sorbonne! such a magical, romantic city

    October 9, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Definitely one of my favorite neighborhoods! I love Place de Vosges!

    October 9, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Amazing – I’m going to Paris tomorrow and staying right in the centre of Le Marais, so thank you!!

    Rosie xx

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    October 8, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    So many great memories there… I loved living in Paris, and now I even love more going there as a tourist. Le Marais is where I used to work… It’s super charming, I love it. Your photos are beautiful btw.

    October 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Ah this post makes me want to take the next plane to Paris!

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    October 8, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Seriously desperate to get back to Paris after reading this post!!

    October 8, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Looks like I need to go back!!!

    October 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Paris looks so beautiful and elegant it’s unbelievable. I couldn’t imagine having to leave.

    October 8, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I’ve never explored the Marais! Will need to add it to my list for my next trip

    October 8, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Can’t wait to try some of these places in February!

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