Our Favourite Paris District: Le Marais

Even though we usually stay in Saint-Germain, when visiting Paris, our favourite part of town is Le Marais (“The Marsh”), the former Jewish quarter, and prior to that the home of the high nobility. We always spend at least a couple of hours sitting on a park bench or (in summer) on the lawn of Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square of the city, dating from 1612. Originally named Place Royale, it was a popular meeting point for the nobility and one of the most fashionable and expensive squares until the Revolution, when most of the nobility moved to the Faubourg Saint-Germain district, just west of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Today, the vaulted arcades house some of Paris’ best art galleries (such as Modus), cool cafes, a lovely perfume shop, and more.    We love the relaxed, laid-back, bohemian atmosphere of the Marais with its many young people, hip fashion shops, and, […]

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Marche des Enfants Rouges food market

The many food markets are always one of our top points of interest when visiting the city of love and food, Paris. Even though the Marais is our favourite district, we somehow never managed to check out Marche des Enfants Rouges food market, which is located there, and which TimeOut calls a ‘deluxe food market’, mentioning that it will ‘fill the emptiest of stomachs and empty the fullest of wallets’. The name derives from the red clothes of the children at a nearby orphanage that closed a long time ago.                This covered market has many market stalls that sell fruit, vegetables, meat and fresh seafood, but many people visit it for the lovely food stalls with seating, some of which is partially outside the covered area of the market. We had just had lunch at Café Breizh, so didn’t buy any more food, but it […]

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