First of all, it is a nice area to stroll and to get tangled up in its streets such as Rue de Francs Bourgeois and Rue Vieille du Temple for shopping, rue des Rosiers for its falafel restaurants, Rue de Turenne or Rue de Bretagne . The best way to start your journey in the Marais will be by the former Royal Square the « Place des Vosges », one of the most romantic squares of Paris. It is pleasant to stroll under the arcades with all cafés, galleries and boutiques. If you pay attention hidden behind one the corner you may discover the garden of the Hotel de Sully.
A short walk from « Place des Vosges » you may have stop at the Picasso Museum offering one of hugest collection of Picasso drawing and painting with 5000 pieces from is youth to the end of is career, a real gem. For history lovers they should visit the Carnavelet Museum dedicated to the history of Paris, it features a pleasant garden which worth to be seen. Moreover the Marais is also a hotspot of contemporary art with galleries and museums, such as gallery Pérotin, gallery Massimo de Carlo or Pompidou Center. All along the year these places always present to visitors interesting exhibitions.
I cannot write an article on Paris without speaking about food and restaurants. As you may know the French Gastronomy has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage. The Marais is an overflow of tasty bistros. During your journey in the area, I suggest experiencing my favorite local restaurants, out the beaten tracks : « Parcelles » a truly Parisian bistros offering a tasty traditional french cuisine in old fashion decor. Otherwise, for modern and creative cuisine « Jaja » will be the place to be. Both places offering a terrific wine list as well.
To continue on the foodie way on the 39 Rue de Bretagne, you will discover the oldest food market of Paris the « Marché des Enfants Rouges », there you will find a cosy and convivial atmosphere of a quarter market. It will be the perfect place to have a bite for lunch as it offers plenty delicatessen shops : French, Italian, Morrocan, Japanese, that you could enjoy on shared tables inside the market.
Furthermore, the Marais is trend district full of concept stores and niche boutiques. If I have to keep one to share with you, it might be definitely « Officine Universelle Buly » for its decor and the originality of their products. You will get there souvenirs to bring back home or personalized gifts to offer.
The Marais is a district which is always in motion full of gems where the each travellers will feel good. The Marais is always a good idea, and I am delighted to offer you the keys to my City and the Marais !
Marie-France Gregoire is a candidate for the 2023 Les Clefs d’Or Award. This article has been published in its original form.
My name Marie-France, I am a concierge since 2012. The first time I met a concierge I was 18 years old at the Martinez Hotel in Cannes and was so impressed by this man holding his golden keys. I never imagined that we would be part of the same family 12 years later. Before, embracing this career, I worked in catering industry. I started as Assistant Concierge at the Hotel Royal Barrière in Deauville, before joining in 2015 La Reserve Paris as concierge. In 2017, I had the pleasure get my Golden Keys and to be promoted on the same year Head Concierge of La Reserve Paris. Every day is the a pleasure to satisfy our guests desires and make their stay in the City of Lights unforgettable.
La Reserve – Hotel and Spa is the most intimate « Palace » of Paris located in the between Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées. This former private Mansion of the Duc the Morny and Pierre Cardin has opened its doors in January 2015. The hotel has 40 rooms and suites overlook some of the city’s key sights: the Eiffel Tower, the Pantheon and the Grand Palais. Just in front, a majestic curtain of trees preserves the area’s intimacy, like an echo of the Elysée gardens close by. La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa is entirely in tune with the spirit of Michel Reybier establishments. A far cry from traditional 5-star palace hotels, La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa exudes the atmosphere of a private urban mansion, open to guests sharing a certain travel philosophy. The hotel features two restaurants, La Pogode de Cos its contemporary restaurant and Le Gabriel a 2 Michelin Star, by the Chef Jerome Banctel. During their stay, guests could enjoy the Spa with its 16 meter long swimming pool, the Duc de Morny Library and the private smoking lounge. In 2017, La Reserve Paris - Hotel and Spa has been designated « Best of the world » by the Condé Nast Traveler.