- Royal stays : from the end of the Middle Ages the presence of French kings in the Marais attracted the aristocracy that filled the area with beautiful private mansions
- Decline and rebirth : the French Revolution dragged away the elite and the neighbourhood declined. It was close to die out but luckily it will reborn as it became the very 1st protected area of France in the 1960s
- Cultural intermingling : historical district of the Jewish community joined by the LGBT community in the 1980s
- Diversity of a trendy district : churches, synagogues, royal squares, industrial remains, museums of all types and contemporary art galleries coexist in the same area
The Marais is one of the rare areas prized by tourists as well as Parisians. The reasons for this attraction are the development of its architectural and historical heritage, its trendy shops, already famous or about to be and its multiculturalism. There you can find as many traditional restaurants as street food sellers, shop keepers perpetuating a long acquired know-how or a recent one.
You wish to find out more about French gastronomy and history ? Here is the tour you need ! The Marais culinary delights are surprising and cosmopolitan. You can find fruits and vegetables from here and elsewhere, specialties from the North of France, Basque chocolate, gelato, yiddish pastries and French cheese of course. Because French cuisine is also the art of incorporating the cuisine of others. Your local tour guide will show you all these culinary specialties.
Tour 1: Classic Tour 2hrs
Daily except monday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed January 1, May 1 and December 25