The hipster haven of Paris
Le Marais is a central district of Paris with a history more cobbled than the narrow streets that link the intricate urban landscape. Marais is sandwiched between St-Paul and République and has been one of the hippest parts of the capital city for the past 20 years, packing in modern hotels and vintage one-of-a-kind stores.
The area has a distinctive medieval touch with more intact pre-revolutionary buildings than any other Parisian district. The former residents of this area (who left soon after the French Revolution) were clearly wealthy; however they allowed the district to fall into a state of disrepair for many years.
Today, Le Marais is an unspoilt haven of awe-inspiring architecture, inviting cafés and quaint restaurants. The ‘classically French’ quarter features fashion and interior design boutiques along Rue Des Francs-Bourgeois and the creative culture sweeps through the maze of streets in the immediate vicinity. Sleek art galleries and cutting-edge fashion shops can be found on Rue Charlot, known to be one of Paris’ hottest retail areas, and people in the know take sharp notice of young, talented designers soon to hit the international fashion podium.
Visitors to this destination also love the quirky animated streets. Pristine mansions in Le Marais open their doors to showcase exhibitions of art, the story of its Jewish community and science among many other creative and historic categories. The bar scene and general nightlife in Le Marais is very gay friendly drawing in crowds from across the city to embrace the scene.