The Marais

The Marais is a historical neighbourhood in the heart of the French capital on the right bank. "Marais" means "marsh" and before becoming the Parisian trendy area it is today, it was a marshland before the 9th century.

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Hôtel de la Place du Louvre invites you to explore the Marais, one of the capital's liveliest areas famous for its boutiques, restaurants and architecture.

A shopping and foodie hotspot

The Marais is well-known and popular for its shopping with countless design and fashion boutiques. Must-visit streets include Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, du Temple, Vieille du Temple and Rue des Archives. The cute shops around the Saint Paul metro station provide a more personal shopping experience. Most shops are open on Sunday which helps bring the area to life at the weekend.
Le BHV / Marais is a Parisian department store on the cutting-edge of fashion that stands opposite the Town Hall.

As for food, the neighbourhood is bursting with international restaurants. You'll find Jewish specialities in the Jewish area and on Rue des Rosiers. Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest market in Paris, has lots of food stalls.

Iconic architecture and landmarks

The history of the Marais makes it an area that's rife with landmarks, squares, quirky streets and museums next to Hôtel de la Place du Louvre. Its standout architectural sights include the Neo-Renaissance Town Hall oppsite Le BHV. Place des Vosges, the oldest royal square in Paris, is also a sight for sore eyes with its red bricks. Nicolas Flamel's house on 51 Rue de Montmorency is the oldest building in the city dating back to 1407. As for museums, the area is home to the Musée Picasso on Rue de Thorigny, Musée de Carnavalet, devoted to Paris' history, on Rue de Sévigné and, last but not least, the Musée des Arts et Métiers in a former church on Rue Réaumur.

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La Régalade
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