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Postcard from the Marais

Postcard from the Marais

Without a doubt: the Marais is my favorite neighborhood in Paris. Part of this affinity is surely due to familiarity: my parents always rent an apartment right at Rue Vieille du Temple and Rue des Rosiers when we visit, and the streets surrounding our apartment always feel like coming home. Even as the neighborhood shifts–there are fewer haphazard vintage shops and more upscale boutiques, fewer Jewish bakeries and falafel shops and more high-end tea shops and chain restaurants–I love that I can still navigate the criss-cross tumble of one-way cobblestone streets without consulting a map.A street in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, France

The Marais is traditionally the Jewish quarter, and it’s still home to a synagogue, Jewish schools and a row of shops selling falafel, latkes and Kosher sweets. It’s also a hub of gay-friendly bars and restaurants, with plenty of rainbow flags flying. But what I love most about staying in the neighborhood is that it combines a local neighborhood feel with incredible (tourist) convenience. We’re just steps away from the BHV (one of my favorite department stores to actually shop in, since it’s far more low-key than Galeries Lafayette) and Hotel de Ville (which always has interesting expositions) and a short walk to the Seine River, the Bastille market and Notre-Dame. Plus, since it’s on the 1 Metro line: it’s only one subway ride to the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysee, Tuileries garden and Louvre Museum. I could go on and on about how much I love staying in the neighborhood, but suffice to say: if you’re looking for a great base while traveling in Paris, the Marais is 100% what I recommend (and this . Here are a few favorite shots from wandering around our neighborhood:

BHV in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, FranceThe BHV! There is a great view of Paris rooftops from the ladies’ bathroom (pro tip!) and the extensive home goods and hardware section are also worth a look. A street in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, France A cafe in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, France A church in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, France Hotel des Vosges in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, FranceHotel des Vosges is one of the oldest planned squares in Paris, and I think it’s the most beautiful. When we visited Paris when I was still playing college lacrosse, I used to wake up early and go for runs around this square: the best start to the day.A playground in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, FranceOne of the things I love about Paris: even the playground seems art-inspired! Hotel de Ville Je Suis Charlie in Paris, France A street in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, France A cafe in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, France A street in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, France Street art in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, FranceA street in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, FranceThat arched doorway on the right is the back entrance to the apartment where we stay! This back street is SO quiet, which makes it really easy to sleep–especially since Rue Vieille du Temple on the other side of the building can be much more hectic. Street art in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, France A cafe in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, France A cafe in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, France A courtyard in the Marais neighborhood in Paris, France Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetWhat’s your favorite photo of the Marais? 

p.s. if you’re looking for an AMAZING apartment rental, this one-bedroom rental is where my parents stay (and when I’m lucky enough to travel with my mom!) and it is fantastic.

 

  • Brandy

    So pretty! I haven’t been to Paris since I was in college (a decade ago – yikes!). All your beautiful pictures make me want to make a return trip ASAP.

  • That’s really lovely that you get to have your own little neighborhood in Paris! Those cobblestone streets are a dream. I would just walk for hours at a time, looking at old buildings.

  • I adore the Marais, and try to stay there whenever possible. 😉

  • camorose

    Yes! You should–it’s such a fun place to explore again and again!

  • camorose

    Yes–that’s seriously my favorite thing to do! Just wander around and look at the buildings and all the little details 🙂

  • camorose

    Yes! It’s my favorite!

  • jennaebert

    I think i need to go to France……..

  • Stop. It. Just stop it with the Paris photos. You’re making me want to go back! I rented an apartment in the Marais last time I visited and it worked out well for us. We squeezed me, my niece, my nephew, and my brother into a studio apartment that had the world’s tiniest bathroom. Oh, the French experience. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. 🙂

  • Briel79

    I love that photo of the Hotel des Vosges. So good!

  • Incredible photos!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    What a gorgeous neighborhood! As always, your pictures are lovely. I can’t wait to return to Paris in April then hopefully again for a month in January 2016! Thanks for the apartment rental suggestions… I’m definitely interested in their studios!

    Happy travels 🙂

  • camorose

    I already want to go back!

  • camorose

    Haha I already want to go back! And the tiniest bathrooms = YES. Such a French experience!

  • camorose

    Thank you! One of my favorites!

  • camorose

    Thank you!

  • camorose

    Awesome! Lucky girl–I already want to go back!

  • Gorgeous photos! I can’t pick a favorite!

  • camorose

    One of my favorite neighborhoods–it’s so photogenic!