The old Jewish quarter of the Marais turned into a gay enclave around the 80’s which attracted the bohemian crowd in the 90’s. Today gentrification rules but the Marais remains a lovely place for a Parisian stroll even if it’s mental on the weekend. Don’t miss the Place des Vosges.
If sauntering makes you peckish, a few no-fuss eating options in the Marais include: The Breizh Cáfe for excellent buckwheat crepes (note, it is wise to book at lunch time on the weekends) or L’As du Falafel (34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris), join the queue for what is allegedly the best falafel in Paris.
The French don’t really do afternoon tea, but the Scandinavians do and the Swedish Institute Cafe situated in a grand Hôtel Particulier in the Marais is a beautiful spot to rest your legs. Comprising a gallery and cafe the sunny courtyard is great setting for a Swedish snack – think open sandwiches and cinnamon rolls served at reasonable prices.
The Marais has more than its fair share of good contemporary art galleries, we suggest you check out what’s on locally at Slash site (or download the free app). Photography fans should not miss La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, a leading exhibition space for contemporary photography.
11 rue Payenne
Tel: + 33 1 44 78 80 20
Open 12 noon-6:00pm. Closed Monday and some public holidays.