Side of the Seine: Right Bank
Once the home of aristocrats, the Upper Marais is a local neighborhood of charming, narrow streets and undeniable character. Marais translates to "marsh," as these were once swamplands that were drained and initially settled in the Middle Ages by The Knights Templar.
You can go for a photo walk, explore the passageways, and take copious amounts of photos of the 3rd's striking architecture and staggered chimneys. As you wind the cobbled corners, you might chance upon a charming garden or two, and afterward you can stop for a bite at one of the many cafes or restaurants. Referred to as, dare I say, the "hipster" area of Paris, I've heard the 3rd compared to New York's Soho. Continue your day by popping into a few of this district's art galleries and remedy your shopping bug in the independent designer boutiques and vintage shops.
Should I stay here?
Centrally located, yet quieter than its Lower Marais counterpart, the 3rd is an ideal arrondissement for a stay during your visit to Paris. You can find a range of accommodation options here to fit your budget, and you're sure to be surrounded by character and charm.
- Musée Picasso: Take a peek into the mind of Pablo Picasso as you marvel at the gallery of paintings, sketches, and carvings by the famed artist.
- Marché de Enfants Rouge: The Marché de Enfants Rouge is Paris' oldest covered market. Though small, it not only presents produce and groceries, but also offers prepared food options, including crêpes, quiche, and salads, so you can grab lunch while browsing the stalls.
- Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme: The Marais is home to a large Jewish community, and this museum honors their heritage and history from the middle ages to modern times via 700 works of art as well as film and books.
- Carnavalet Museum: You'll be overwhelmed with spirit of Paris as you walk through the rooms that have been recreated to showcase Parisian style ranging from the 17th to 20th centuries. It boasts over 100 rooms that display collections including letters, photographs, and paintings of the era's bourgeois.