Today, we decided to let you discover the beautiful Marais area. This area can easily be discovered by your own but beeing escorted by a private guide will permite you to discover its History and all its secrets.
Originally established on a vast marshy area, hence the name of “Marais”, the district knew its golden age in the early 17th century, when King Henry IV decided to build a sublime square dedicated to stroll: the Place des Vosges (inaugurated in 1612). The mansions will then flourish throughout the Marais. Today, the neighborhood is pretty “trendy”, where you will find a plethora of shops and designer brands, and hosts a people from all walks. But it is above one of all the loveliest area in Paris for a walk!
To start this walk rendez vous at Metro Pont Marie on metro line 7, take quai de Celestins and go to rue des Jardins Saint Paul, on your left is an important vestige of the wall Philippe Auguste, wall built in the 12th century. Continue straight on until rue Charlemagne (notice the beautiful fountain in front of you) and turn right. Rue Saint-Paul, go to number 8 of the street. You can see a pretty watchtower dating from the late 16th century. Then, retrace your steps and continue ahead rue Saint-Paul. On your left, you’ll pass by a dead-end, the Impasse Saint-Paul. Take it. At the end of it is a hidden entrance to the beautiful Saint-Paul Saint-Louis Church (you can discover a Delacroix painting inside). Also, do not miss to discover one of the most secret area located inside the Marais, “Le Village Saint Paul”. The village of Saint-Paul has changed a lot in the last years, now transformed into a small market hidden in the heart of the Marais, offering a greater variety of products: furniture and decoration, games and toys, antiques / flea markets, restaurants … It is a place to stroll, in a village atmosphere that will make you forget that you are in the center of Paris.
Return on rue Saint-Paul and go straight on. You will discover one of the most beautiful private m
ansion of the Marais area from 17th century, the Hotel de Sully, nowadays “Monuments Nationaux” general office. Cross its garden a little door lead you directly on the magnificent Place des Vosges. Stroll around the arcades and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the place, probably the most beautiful place in Paris. Do not miss Louis XIII public garden, in the middle of the Place. The Famous Victor Hugo lived here; his apartment is now a museum. You can check out Carette for their great pastries and hot chocolate, on place des Vosges square.
Then take the rue des francs-bourgeois. This street, bordered by a lot of mansions, is the backbone of the district. You are in the heart of Le Marais. You can see, amongst other things, the Musée Carnavalet, museum dedicated to the history of Paris, the Musée Picasso. Shop along rue des Francs Bourgeois – very lively on Sundays and shops are open (whereas they are closed mostly anywhere else in Paris). Turn left on rue Pavée and turn right on rue des Rosiers. You will find many shops, food shops and Jewish restaurants that make this street the emblematic heart of the Jewish community in Paris. Cross the street entirely to enjoy its special atmosphere.
During this walk do not hesitate to enter in on of our preferred restaurants in this area such as :
- Grandcoeur: The beams and the stone, the large mirrors and the eclectic furniture, without forgetting the unavoidable terrace: this house installed in a court of building imposes its style of entrance! The designer of the menu is none other than Mauro Colagreco which embellishes the French tradition with a few international touches.
- Jaja: Chic bistro cuisine, which oscillates between revisited classics, popular dishes, and generous and creative plates using ultrafresh organic and artisanal products that arrive daily for suggestions over the seasons.
- Atelier Vivanda: New meat temples Ateliers Vivanda welcomes you in an atmosphere bistro around pieces of beef, chicken roasts. Here, chef Akrame Benallal (2 Michelin stars for his restaurant Akrame) explores the concept of a ‘meat bistro’. With its open kitchen and mosaic tiles, the restaurant is warm and welcoming.
We could of course beeing able to take car of your reservation if you want, you just have to ask !