Fodor's Expert Review 3e arrondissement

The Marais Neighborhood/Street

The thick crowds that flock to Place des Vosges rarely venture to the other side of the Marais: the 3e arrondissement, which has morphed into one of the hottest neighborhoods in Paris. Good luck finding an apartment to rent here—most are small walk-ups with exposed wooden beams and lots of charm. But even if you can't move in, you can enjoy this trendy quartier like a local. First, head to Rue de Bretagne, the main drag. Stop for lunch at one of the food stalls in the Marché des Enfants Rouges (No. 39, open Tuesday through Sunday): it's the oldest covered market in Paris. Next, explore narrow side streets, like Rues Charlot, Debelleyme, and Poitou, lined with art galleries and small boutiques. Stop for a cup of Joe and a croissant at Poilâne (38 rue Debelleyme) or treat yourself to a gelato at Mary's (60 rue du Temple. Across the street is the 19th-century iron-and-glass Carreau du Temple, which, after a long-overdue renovation, reopened as a locally driven arts and sports community... READ MORE

The thick crowds that flock to Place des Vosges rarely venture to the other side of the Marais: the 3e arrondissement, which has morphed into one of the hottest neighborhoods in Paris. Good luck finding an apartment to rent here—most are small walk-ups with exposed wooden beams and lots of charm. But even if you can't move in, you can enjoy this trendy quartier like a local. First, head to Rue de Bretagne, the main drag. Stop for lunch at one of the food stalls in the Marché des Enfants Rouges (No. 39, open Tuesday through Sunday): it's the oldest covered market in Paris. Next, explore narrow side streets, like Rues Charlot, Debelleyme, and Poitou, lined with art galleries and small boutiques. Stop for a cup of Joe and a croissant at Poilâne (38 rue Debelleyme) or treat yourself to a gelato at Mary's (60 rue du Temple. Across the street is the 19th-century iron-and-glass Carreau du Temple, which, after a long-overdue renovation, reopened as a locally driven arts and sports community center. This is the site of the former Templar Tower, where Louis XIV and Marie-Antoinette were imprisoned before the king's date with the guillotine (Napoléon later razed it). For your evening apéritif, make a beeline for the buzzy Café Charlot, at 38 rue de Bretagne. If you're in the mood for couscous, try Chez Omar, a neighborhood institution at No. 47.

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Paris, Île-de-France  France

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