The Marais is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Paris and in recent years has become one of the hippist and most fashionable as well. It is filled with art galleries, boutiques, bistros, cafes, and bars, all alongside famed historic sites and museums. The neighborhood is like a living museum itself, comprised of exquisite period architecture and characterized by lovely courtyards, period street lamps, and stunning facades.
The Marais is a neighborhood that offers many complementary yet contrasting experiences for visitors. The neighborhood marries the old with the new. It is home to the first paved road in the city, rue du Pave as well as the Centre Pompidou, perhaps the leading contemporary and modern art museum in the world.
The Marais also offers the culinary enthusiast everything from traditional French bistro fare to the latest in fusion cuisine. One can find excellent falafel on rue du Rosiers, people watch at one of the many cafes on rue des Archives or take in the panoramic city views at Level 6, high atop the Centre Pompidou. Not be missed is the oldest square in Paris, Place des Vosges, now a lovely park surrounded by art galleries and several cafes including the Cafe Victor Hugo.