Le Marais

Le Marais' classic Parisian streets and cafes strike a delicate balance between well-traveled tourist hotspots and local-favorite hangouts.

Often referred to as “Old Paris,” Le Marais exudes old-world charm and modern-day functionality in the city’s core. Cobblestone streets wind through Le Marais' dizzying network of hidden courtyards, provocative galleries, and ivy-covered boulangeries. The neighborhood’s meticulously styled aesthetic of painted windowpanes and antique relics is not an accident. Le Marais was well kept by its once thriving Jewish population, and its recent incarnation as an LGBTQ hotspot keeps it trim and tailored.

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On the Map

Le Marais is bordered by Notre Dame - Ile de La Cité, Saint-Paul - Ile Saint-Louis, Châtelet - Les Halles - Beaubourg, III Arrondissement, IV Arrondissement, and République

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Charles-De-Gaulle Airport: About 50 min by Subway
Orly Airport: About 50 min by Subway (40 min by taxi)
Châtelet-Les-Halles: About 10 min by subway
Eiffel Tower: About 30 min by Subway

Le Marais' Welcoming and Diverse Community

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People are happy to help you find your way in Le Marais, so let yourself get lost in the neighborhood's old-world charm.

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Known throughout the city as the center of the LGBTQ community, Le Marais is replete with gay-friendly bars and clubs.

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The Cox Cafe and Bar is a neighborhood favorite. Get there early if you want to snag a seat.

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Le Marais' Jewish heritage ensures a delicious selection of old-shul Jewish treats.

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If you're in the mood for a sandwich rather than a strudel, find some of Paris' finest falafel in Le Marais.

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The best part about street food is all of the outside seating, so share a bench and enjoy.

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Very Parisian, central, village-like neighborhood. [There are] literally hundreds of places around to have a drink and eat (gourmet restaurants and French brasseries). [Experience] the real Parisian lifestyle in this elegant district."

Le Marais' Historic Side

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Place des Vosges is the oldest, and perhaps the most beautiful, square in all of Paris.

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Built in the 1600s and one of the earliest examples of European urban design, step back into old Parisian elegance as you enter Place des Vosges.

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On warm days, its lawns fill up with readers, thinkers, and dreamers looking to relax and enjoy the Parisian sun.

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The area is also known for several monuments such as the National Archives of France and the Billettes cloister.

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The neighborhood is full of trendy restaurants, traditional cafés, art galleries and tons of trendy boutiques. Walking distance to museums and city sights, such the Carnavalet Museum, Jewish History Museum, Centre Pompidou."

Le Marais' Artsy Side

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Le Marais brims with seductive art galleries and fashionable shops.

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The neighborhood's creative side isn't limited to white-walled galleries.

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In Le Marais, art takes to the streets.

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Who needs gallery walls when you have bare buildings?

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Vintage shopping in Le Marais remains unrivaled.

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From restored antiques to reconfigured photography pursuits, find proof of Paris' past and whispers of its future in Le Marais.

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One significant advantage is that you can go on foot to every iconic site in Paris."

Gourmet In Le Marais

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Sunday brunch is sacred in Le Marais.

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Some might say that if you don't do Sunday brunch, you don't do Le Marais.

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The Marché des Enfants Rouges is Paris' oldest market. You'll find something to satiate your appetite and delight your senses.

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And then some.

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And then some more.

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As you sample the market's various culinary specialties, remember one thing.

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Leave room for dessert.

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For a good brunch on Sundays, head to "Le Pain Quotidien"."

Le Marais By Night

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Le Marais bustles as much in the evening as it does by day. The neighborhood is the center of Paris' gay nightlife scene. The best way to experience it?

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Standing on a terrace with a beverage in hand.

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If cocktails aren't on your evening agenda, do not despair.

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Many of Le Marais' cafes and restaurants stay open late.

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Bon appétit.

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The shops and restaurants in the surrounding area are open on Sundays, which keeps the area full of life. Very convenient to have grocery stores available 7 days a week – a rarity in Paris."

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Marc Olivier Le Blanc specializes in commercial and editorial portrait photography. Although he's currently based in the vibrant Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, he returned to his native France to shoot Paris for this project through a traveler's eye. He always strives to turn both the ordinary and the unusual into something extraordinary.

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Loïc is a French photographer and world traveler addict based in Paris. He has been traveling all around the world trying to capture every unforgettable experience he met on his way. In Paris, the city where he grew up, he has the great opportunity to share with Airbnb his comprehensive knowledge of the City of Light.

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