Top 5 things to do in the Marais
Here are our top 5 things to do whilst you’re in the Marais!
Have you just done your interview to work with Babylangues? Or maybe you’re coming into our office to pick up your teaching materials? Why not make the most of your time in the Marais? For those of you that are new to Paris or who don’t know much about it, the Marais is a historic area of Paris that spreads across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. There are many buildings of architectural and historical importance situated in the Marais, such as les Archives Nationales (The National Archives), Mémorial de la Shoah (a Holocaust Memorial Museum) and Musée des Arts et Métiers (Museum of Arts and Crafts). The area is known as being a very fashionable district, home to many trendy restaurants, fashion houses, and hip galleries.
Here are our top 5 things to do whilst you’re in the area!
1. Visit Musée Carnavalet
Whilst you’re living in France, you should definitely take some time to learn about the history of Paris. Knowing some more about Paris and France will give you a valuable perspective on how the current-day capital came about,which will enhance your experience. This museum is a great way to learn some new facts about Paris, particularly if you just moved here.
Musée Carnavelet leads visitors through rooms that have been carefully curated to show you Paris throughout history. Starting with the prehistoric origins of Pairs, the rooms take you on a journey through time, where you can learn about the French monarchy, revolutions, empires all the way through to the present day. France has gone through immense social and political changes, and this museum is great at showing why Paris is the way it is. It also has a pleasant courtyard that is great for an afternoon stroll. The permanent collection in the museum is completely free, so if you’re on a tight budget or want to gain a deeper insight into Parisian history, this is perfect for you.
2. Wander Around Place Des Vosges
If you are in the Marais, Place des Vosges is an essential stop. Lined with 17th century apartment blocks, this eye-catching square is the oldest formally planned public square in Paris – it’s perfect for a casual stroll, browsing of antiques, or even for a picnic. Several well-known people have lived in the red brick apartments on the edge of Place des Vosges over the years, including Victor Hugo, whose house and museum you can also visit. Furthermore, there are lots of art galleries, cafés and restaurants with stunning architecture that provide a wonderful vantage point of this magical square. No matter the weather, Place des Vosges is a must-see.
3. Taste Falafel On Rue Des Rosiers – Top 5 Things To Do in The Marais
There are lots of tourists that flock to the Marais just to try the falafel sandwiches on Rue des Rosiers. Known as the best area for falafel in Paris, Rue des Rosiers houses several falafel restaurants, where you can eat in or get takeaway. For as little as €6 you can buy a very generous falafel sandwich that comes with salad, aubergines, onions, tahini, and of course, a generous serving of hummus. For those of you that like some spice, we would recommend asking for some harissa with it, just to give it that extra kick. Whether you’re vegan or a meat-lover, you will love this Middle-Eastern specialty.
4. Sip Cocktails On A Rooftop Bar
After a long day strolling round the Marais, one of the best ways to top it off is to stop off at Le Perchoir Marais. Situated at the top of the famous BHV department store, Le Perchoir Marais is kitted out with comfy, laid-back furniture in cream and green, and gives amazing views of the Paris skyline. And the best part? This rooftop bar is open all year round.
5. Browse Boutiques/window Shop – Top 5 Things To Do in The Marais
The Marais is known for harbouring one of Paris’s busiest shopping districts. By just strolling through the Marais, you will stumble across lots of boutiques, selling anything from clothes and jewellery to tea and chocolate, and whilst it’s true that it has lost some of it’s more niche boutiques to more global luxury brands, there is something for every price range here. Even if you are on a tight budget, window shopping in the narrow streets of the Marais is still a delight.