Quartier du Marais
The Marais area covers several quartiers in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris, in the city centre: from the Place de la République to Notre Dame, via Beaubourg, Place des Vosges as far as the Bastille.
The Marais is the favourite quartier of the RentParis team. You are at the centre of Parisian life here, where Parisians live, work and invest in the life of their quartier. These arrondissements are places where all generations and ethnicities mix with the history of Paris, the 'bobo' (bourgeois bohème) culture and attitude and all social classes.
Places of interest in the Marais
From the Parvis de Notre Dame, to the flower market, Sainte Chapelle, the Palais de Justice, the Conciergerie, Place du Châtelet, Tour Saint Jacques, Eglise Saint-Merri, the Pompidou Centre Beaubourg, Rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, the cloister of the Billettes, the church of the Blancs Manteaux, Rue des Rosiers and Place des Vosges.
Fabrice advises you to take a walk between Rue Rambuteau, Rue des Archives, Rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie and Rue des Rosiers, of course. Stop off at Pain de Sucre in Rue Rambuteau and take a look at the pâtisseries.
L'Ambassade d’Auvergne at 22 rue du Grenier-St-Lazare, 3rd arrondissement. The classics of a province rich in traditions and flavours: saucisse sèche, green Puy lentils and the not to be missed aligot... all washed down with wines from the Auvergne.
Des Gars dans la Cuisine at 72 rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd arrondissement. The food is good and tasty with everything prepared on site and the menu changes regularly. Everything is seasonal and fits the current climate. The welcome is friendly, but not too friendly and the service is efficient and charming.
Le Petit Fer à Cheval at 30 rue Vieille du Temple, 4th arrondissement. The RentParis team, Marie-Eve, Jean Pierre and Fabrice, loves to go to the Petit fer à Cheval early in the morning for breakfast on the small terrace. It's a good place to go in the evening with friends for the excellent wines and to nibble on the cheese and charcuterie selections. Unfortunately, the loos are a bit of a disaster but the dining area is spotless!
Les Philosophes at 28 rue Vieille du Temple, 4th arrondissement. The RentParis team was keen to try one of the restaurants run by Xavier Denamur, champion of homemade food, and we weren't disappointed. The cookery isn't gastronomic but is of good quality. The dishes are appetising, tasty and make the most of the carefully selected produce. The atmosphere is lively and the service is good. Best cheesecake in Paris!
Le Dôme du Marais at 53 bis, rue des Francs Bourgeois, 4th arrondissement. A restaurant in the heart of the city in a pleasant, trendy and classy quartier. The walls are covered in pictures to draw the eye and then there is the magnificent dome (hence the name). This is an unusual place that's worth visiting. The food is not amazing but it is very good. Everything was delicious and all six of us loved every mouthful from the starter to the dessert.
RentParis also recommends these restaurants: Georges (on the top floor of the Pompidou Centre with a magical view and fine cuisine). Le Bouledogue, JAJA, L’Ange 20 (booking compulsory) and many small, local, typically Parisian bistros.
You're right, RentParis recommends that you spend your holiday in the Marais!