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Le Marais: Place des Vosges Walking Tour

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From a royal district with countless private mansions to a district of thieves and beggars, to one of today’s most popular place to spend a Sunday in Paris, Le Marais is a must-visit district. With a lively ambiance, beautiful architecture and charming streets, the Marais (also Paris’ Jewish and gay district) is a perfect place to walk, shop, eat and enjoy some Parisian history. Enjoy! Parisianist.

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About this place

70 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Line 1/11 - Hôtel de Ville

Our Insiders' Article

Hôtel de Ville

One of the best ways to arrive to Le Marais district is to exit metro station Hotel de Ville (Line 1&11) via exit “Place de l’Hôtel de Ville”. Here you will find yourself in front of Hôtel de Ville, (City Hall), one of Paris’ most impressive neo-renaissance style building (cannot be visited). Built in 1882 following the destruction of the former city hall during the French civil war in 1871, its square welcomes a lot of activities all year around, from an ice rink in winter to open air concerts in summer. 

BHV / Marais

Le Marais is famed for many things, including its extensive shopping. Walk to the north east corner of the city hall square and you will reach the entrance to the BHV / Marais (9:30AM-8PM), one of the biggest shopping malls in Paris. Created in 1856, the BHV (Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville or “City Hall Bazaar”) was initially a do-it-yourself store, but today you will find all the famous clothing and cosmetics brands.  

Parisianist Fun Fact: BHV founder Xavier Ruel only had a small shop in 1855, when Napoleon III’s wife Eugénie passed by the shop on Rue de Rivoli in her stagecoach. For some odd reason, the horses suddenly panicked, but Xavier Ruel jumped on the horses and managed to calm them down. To thank him for his act of bravery, Eugénie gave him a sum of money which he then used to buy the shops next to his, and therefore starting his own shopping empire.

Jewish District

Exit the BHV via the northeastern exit, at the crossing of Rue de la Verrerie and Rue des Archives, and proceed east (right) on Rue de la Verrerie, one of the streets of the very lively and elegant gay district. Take the 3rd street to the left, Rue Vieille du Temple, a very lively street with a lot of shops and restaurants. Take the second small street to your right on Rue des Rosiers. This is the heart of the Paris Jewish district, famous for its delicious falafels and multitude of clothing stores.

Parisianist Tip: This is the place to be on Sunday in Paris as Le Marais and Montmartre are the only two areas whose shops are open.

Saint Paul

Walk all the way to the end of Rue des Rosiers and turn right on Rue Malher. 50 meters ahead, on Rue Saint Antoine, you will see Saint-Paul Saint-Louis Church, with a very beautiful interior well worth seeing. Built in 1641 by Cardinal Richelieu as a church for the Jesuit professed house nearby (nowadays a high school on the right of the church), it later became an atheist cult (Cult of Reason) temple during the French Revolution. The Cult of Reason being banned in 1803, Saint-Paul Saint-Louis Church was restored to its original catholic cult.

Place St-Catherine

Continuing through the Marais, take Rue de Sévigné right in front of Saint Paul Saint Louis church, and take the first street on your right (Rue Ormesson). You will arrive at the very small square called Place du Marché Sainte Catherine. Don’t let its name fool you, it’s not a market place, although it used to be in the 18th century. Today it is a very quiet spot, perfect for a calm lunch or dinner on one of the typical terraces.

Parisianist Fun Fact: There is a fun magic café-theater at 1 Place du Marché Sainte Catherine, perfect for an evening of illusions and tricks.

Hôtel de Sully

Walk to the end of Rue Ormesson, turn right on Rue de Turenne, then left on Rue Saint Antoine and, at about 50 meters to your left, you will find the entrance to the Hôtel de Sully. Built in 1630, it is a perfect example of a Louis XIII style Parisian private mansion, with a distinct architecture and a private garden. It is not possible to visit the mansion, as it is an office area today, but going through the building and gardens to join the Place des Vosges is highly recommended.

Parisianist Tip: As Hotel de Sully is a private building, should the gates be closed, walk on Rue Saint Antoine and turn left on Rue Birague.

Place des Vosges

Exit the Hôtel de Sully Garden on the north east, (or at the end of Rue Birague) you will be on Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris and most famous stop in Le Marais. In 1559, after getting a fragment of his lance in his eye during a jousting tournament, King Henri II of France dies in excruciating pain in his royal mansion “Hôtel des Tournelles.” To forget about the tragic accident, King Henri IV destroys the mansion and builds the Place Royale (Royal Square) in 1612, later changed to Place des Vosges. Today, Place des Vosges is a very luxurious residential area, where many politicians and famous people live. Victor Hugo, author of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, lived on Place des Vosges in the 19th century.

Parisianist Fun Fact: A statue of King Louis XIII stands in the center of the square, as Place des Vosges was officially opened for the engagement of young Louis XIII and Anne d’Autriche. The reconstructed statue (the original bronze statue was destroyed during the Revolution) is in marble, a big mistake as the weight was too heavy. Therefore, a pole was placed under the horses' belly to avoid its collapse.


Take some time to walk in and around the arcades of Place des Vosges before exiting the area through the northwest (Rue des Francs-Bourgeois). This is one of the main roads in the northern Marais district, and an excellent shopping street (especially if you are spending a Sunday in Paris). Be sure to take a look up as there are many beautiful private mansions (“hôtels” in French) in this street. Between Rue de Sévigné and Rue de Payenne, on your right, you will see the gardens of the Musée Carnavalet (entrance on 23 Rue de Sévigné / free / 10AM-6PM, closed on Monday). Turn right on the 5th street to your right (Rue Vieille du Temple).

Parisianist Fun Fact: about 50 meters before turning right, there is a very small alley called Impasse des Arbalétriers, with two typical 1620 buildings sticking out onto the alley. This crossbow training ground in the 14th century became a famous crime scene resulting in a bloody civil war in 1407.

Enfants Rouges Market

Take a look up at the original tower on the building at the corner of Rue des Francs-Bourgeois and Rue Vieille du Temple. Walk up Rue Vieille du Temple and turn left on Rue du Perche. At the end of the street, turn right on Rue Charlot. All these streets are typical of the northern part of the Marais. At the second intersection, turn left (Rue de Bretagne), and on your left are the gates to the entrance of the Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest market in Paris, created in 1628. Today, this lively little market place is where locals still buy their fresh produce, but there are also many small restaurants that are perfect for an early lunch (8:30AM-1PM / 4:30PM-7:30PM except Sunday 8:30AM-2PM and closed on Monday).

Parisianist Fun Fact: The name Enfants Rouges (Red Children) comes from the proximity of an orphanage in the 16th century, where the orphans wore red uniforms.


Exit the Marché des Enfants Rouges on Rue de Bretagne and turn left. A few meters ahead, on your right, is the Mairie (City Hall) of the 3rd Arrondissement City Hall with a park in front. A fortress once stood there (Maison du Temple), famous for having been King Louis XVI’s prison for 2 years before his guillotine execution in 1793. Turn left on Rue du Temple, and then turn right on Rue des Gravilliers, an old street even mentioned in documents of the 13th century. About 50 meters ahead, turn right in the pedestrian Rue des Vertus then turn left on Rue au Maire, both streets also being very old. Walk all the way to the end of Rue au Maire.

Parisianist Fun Fact: Check out the building at 3 Rue Volta built in 1644, now a Vietnamese restaurant. Some people believed it was built in the late 1300s, which was refuted. The oldest house in Paris is the 1407 Maison de Nicolas Flamel at 51 rue de Montmorency, a 10 minute walk from here. 

Arts & Crafts Museum

Turn right on Rue Beaubourg and walk towards a church you will see on your left hand side. Although it used to be an abbey built in 1794, it is now part of the Musée des Arts et Métiers (Arts and Crafts Museum, 6,5€/ 10AM-6PM, closed on Monday). A visit to this Marais museum is well worth it, with a collection of fascinating objects and inventions that have changed the world. And not every day can you see old airplanes hanging inside an abbey!


When exiting the Musée des Arts et Métiers, take Rue de Turbigo on your left (northeast), a street built in 1854 during the remodeling of Paris by the Baron Haussmann. This street will lead you straight to Place de la République, a busy square and a symbol of the French Republic. Originally an entrance to Paris through the 14th century protective wall, it is only during the middle of the 19th century that it became the square similar to what it is today. The central statue represents the French Republic (Marianne), with statues of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity at its feet. Place de la République is also an important area in the public transportation network. The subway stations (lines 3,5,8,9,11) are under the square.

Parisianist Tip: The Square has been renovated and changed into a pedestrian area in 2012. It is and always has been a place where many protesters or strikers go.

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