Moving to Paris is a lifelong dream for many people. Dreams of visiting countless museums, eating pastries, walking the Seine at sunset, and coming home to their quaint Parisian apartment at the end of the night. When finding the right place to relocate, people consider many neighborhoods based on their preferences, but time and time again, Le Marais seems to be checking every box for people looking to settle down in the city of love and lights. (Discover our article on real estate investment) But what makes Le Marais one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Paris?
Le Marais is a perfect curation of both the old and the new. The history never gets old, with historical mansions that have survived the test of time, cobblestone streets, and beautiful architecture around every single corner…literally. It feels like an infinite amount of gardens exist where you can take your daily stroll, or sit for a picnic and admire the greenery once spring arrives. Being that it is one of the oldest remaining parts of Paris, it is also one of the trendiest, hopping areas as well. Modern Marais is still known for its history, but it has become an epicenter for art galleries and museums, as well as some of the top restaurants in the city and its highly regarded, high-trafficked fashion houses.
In a city with some of the best public transportation systems in the world, you won’t need to leave Le Marais to find whatever you’re looking for. Plenty of events are happening in Le Marais, from live street music to concerts held inside the walls and stained glass windows of chapels, including Sainte-Chapelle. Le Marais is also home to L’Opéra Bastille where you can experience mesmeric opera performances. Take a stroll down the streets and you will find a plethora of art galleries, vintage shops, and designer boutiques to get lost in. Walk down Rue de Francs Bourgeois for a trendy walk down one of Paris’s longest streets, where you can shop until you drop.
Thinking of moving to Paris? (Check out our article on French Tech) Here’s what you need to know about Parisian gastronomy, home to some of the most talented chefs in the world. However, Le Marais is a great place to find some incredible culinary creations to check off your bucket list. Here are some of our favorite Parisian discoveries, all of which are mentioned in the Michelin guide.
– Known for its famous French haute cuisine, head over to one of the Michelin 3-star rated restaurants, L’Ambroisie. This restaurant is worth the journey to try and the Euro.
– Head over to Restaurant H for reimagined local cuisine. There are two menus offered, a five course and a seven course, both of which are curated to perfection based on season.
– If you are looking for something a little more unique, Dessance has a niche for creative gastronomy. With a six sequence tasting, Dessance is a wonderful dining experience paired with an amazing atmosphere.
– Dine on the island, Île Saint-Louis, at Le Sergent Recruiter for some modern and classical French gastronomy. The ambiance and originality of the food will make for an unforgettable time.
– Any of these restaurants would give you a great dining experience, but after that, there’s a dessert to worry about. Worry no more, and start by checking out La Chocolaterie de Jacques Genin for a quality experience that you will never forget.
Not only is Paris known for its food, but also for its surplus of cafés. We could fill you in on the hottest cafes in the area, but why give you a guide when you can explore it yourself, and find your favorite? There are thousands, each with its own personality. To give you some starting points, we recommend Ob-La-Di or Strada Café for a specialty café in a small and cozy atmosphere, and Café Charlot for a more traditional Parisian cafe experience.
Paris is known for its museums, galleries, and mansions. Sometimes a mansion will double as a museum, giving you history inside and out. Moreover, you’re sure to find a mansion that’s home to a gallery, so you’re looking at history on the outside, and beautiful, more contemporary art on the inside. Le Marais is home to some of the most famous museums in the city, such as The Museé Picasso and Le Centre Pompidou. Walking around, you’ll find mansions stacked on top of each other, such as Musée Cognac-Jay, as well as Musée Carnavalet, which are both mansions reimagined into museums or hotels. One more mansion definitely worth visiting in the area is L’Hôtel de Beauvais.
Along with a serene walk by the Seine, Le Marais is home to many gardens, parks, and squares where you can sit, eat, sleep, paint, walk, and meet others; The opportunities are endless. We recommend adding La Place des Vosges and Square du Temple, to your Marais bucket list. If you thrive in nature, a few more spots to check out are Square Georges-Cain, Jardin du Clos des Blancs Manteaux, and Square Emile Chautemps.
If you’re looking for a small town in a big city, look no further. Le Marais is the perfect place for you to settle in Paris. It’s a little bit of old, a little bit of new, and a lot of everything. Contact the MR Agency Real Estate office and we can assist you in renting or buying the property that is perfect for you.