Le Marais is Paris’ historical district with that Old-Paris feel, that stretches across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. This is our favorite area of Paris, we love to roam the cobblestone streets, stare longingly at the beautiful Parisian doors (always beautiful colors with antique finishings), art galleries, trendy restaurants, and shop on the famous Rue des Francs Bourgeois.
In this short but sweet travel guide, I’ve outlined 9 awesome places to visit in Le Marais (all filled with locals, no tourists), and a bonus attraction that is just a short metro ride away.We stayed in a spacious Airbnb studio that had everything we needed. It was the ideal location for us, and it had a washing machine which was crucial part-way into our Europe trip. It wasn’t traditional Parisian in terms of decor, but booking on late notice we were still very pleased with what we managed to book!
Eat + Drink
1) Le Mary Celeste
A very busy and trendy restaurant that offers very fresh and modern shared plates, with a daily rotating menu. Ideal for dinner. Book ahead to avoid a wait. They serve phenomenal food and cocktails in a very Parisian hipster setting.
2) Le Barav
We met up with a friend living in Paris at Le Barav for dinner and wine. Le Barav is a wine bar and cellar, known for its wine selection and delicious cheeses and charcuterie, which allows you to buy a bottle of wine from their cellar/shop and bring into the restaurant. As we expected, it was filled with local Parisians, and the food was spectacular.
3) Homies (pictured above)
Another of my favorites in Paris. The staff here are really funny and friendly and encouraged Mike to speak entirely in French (his ability to speak French is pretty good in my opinion). They serve delicious Peruvian style tapas and have an awesome cocktail menu. I’d suggest making a reservation if you don’t want to wait when you get there.
4) Wild & The Moon
This is a beautifully decorated organic juice bar and cafe which was really close to our apartment and was perfect for grabbing a quick breakfast (acai bowl, avo toast, bulletproof coffee) before starting the day.
Another good breakfast spot. Organic, casual breakfast in a beautiful but minimalist restaurant.
6) Little Red Door
A dimly-lit speakeasy-style bar serving up interesting cocktails. When we were there, the bartenders were mostly very talented expats working on perfecting their French. The drinks menu was small, but VERY interesting and very creative.
7) Monsieur Henri
Described as a divey wine geek bar, Monsieur Henri is a small, low-ceiling space that they have made feel pretty cool. They serve fancy burrata and charcuterie plates, but focus on what they are famous for, their organic wines.
8) Rue des Francs Bourgeois
This long street runs through the heart of Le Marais and is known for its shopping. It is a mix of eclectic, quirky, mainstream and designer (“Haut Marais”) stores.
9) La Cuisine Paris
Mike indulged me by coming along with me to a French Pastry course hosted by La Cuisine Paris in the south of Le Marais. It was an incredible course, and Mike ended up actually enjoying it!
We baked sweet and savory pastries from scratch! I highly recommend it, we had such a great time and left with so many amazing tasty treats we had baked.
If I can say so myself, I have a talent!
A Less “Touristy” Museum
My final piece of advice, is to visit the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Technically, this isn’t in Le Marais, but it is a short metro ride away. We walked south to the river from our Airbnb and took the 1 La Defense metro to Les Sablons and walked as we followed the signs to the FLV.
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a contemporary art museum (opened in October 2014) that was designed by Frank Gehry and operates as a separate non-profit group sponsored by the LVMH group.
I recommend booking tickets in advance, because despite getting there right at opening time, we still had to wait quite a while. I also recommend having lunch at the restaurant.
I hope this helps you plan your trip to Paris!