Le Marais, has gone through many transformations over the years and is still is one of the most beautiful areas of Paris. Located in the city’s 3rd and 4th arrondissement, the area was once an epicenter for aristocrats during the reign of King Henry IV in the 1600s. Many decades later, Parisian aristocrats moved over to Faubourg Saint-Germain and commerce started to pick up in Le Marais. At that time, a large number of Jewish immigrants moved into the neighborhood, which made it a center for the Parisian Jewish community. During the 1950s, economic decline swept into the neighborhood. Architectural masterpieces were in shambles, which later pushed the city to initiate restoration and conservation efforts, building museums and salvaging old buildings. Today, the neighborhood is bustling with trendy art galleries, high-end fashion retail and hip cafés and restaurants several of which you can read about in this article.
Le Marais is currently undergoing another big evolution, one that will once again change the face of the neighborhood. Cédric Naudon, an ambitious 42-year-old French entrepreneur who made a fortune in finance and real estate, decided to buy more than 25 stores in the northern Marais (on Rue du Vertbois) with the goal of creating a sort of epicurean village, which he is calling La Jeune Rue. Naudon imagined bringing back the butchers, bakers, florists and fishmongers that once populated Le Marais, but in an entirely new way. According to a statement issued by Naudon, central to his plan is the concept of consuming differently. The idea is to produce better, eat better and live better by bringing produce from the very best suppliers, and facilitating dialogue around the way we consume and trade, he explained at a press conference in January. The project also promotes different forms of agriculture, such as agroforestry and permaculture.
With ethical sourcing and top-notch design in mind, Naudon conceptualized the first store, a sustainable fishmonger created by British designer Tom Dixon, which will be opening soon. The chic seafood spot will eventually be joined by other food and drink spots dreamed up by top designers, including an Italian restaurant from Patricia Urquiola, a tapas bar by Jasper Morrison, a speakeasy by Ingo Maurer, a Korean street-food concept from Paola Navone and a butcher shop by Michele De Lucchi.
With an impressive list of designers, Naudon unveiled his plans last January during the design fair Maison et Objet in Paris. He explained that the name “La Jeune Rue” (or, “The Young Street”) was taken from a poem by Guillaume Apollinaire (“Here’s the young street and you’re still a baby/Dressed by your mother in blue and white only”). The two dozen designers on board were there to cheer him on as he unveiled his plan to change the face of the Parisian food scene, and in some ways, make history.
So far, six spaces have opened and the rest are slated to open before the end of 2014. Naudon is quickly making more plans for another Jeune Rue to debut in 2016, also in Le Marais.
“chez jannou” is a lovely restaurant in the heart of the marais (4th district) full of “habitués” which make its special atmosphere even cosier. You will have the chance to try delicious dishes from the french cuisine with a traditional twist.It is better if you make a reservation earlier, epecially during the weekends.
chez jannou, 2 Rue Roger Verlomme
75003 Paris, France
tel:01 42 72 28 41
One of the most interesting galleries for photograghy, in the city of lights, is situated in the heart of the marais, just a few minutes walk from the majestic Place des Vosges. The gallery represents several photographers from who we citate just a few: B.Barbei, G. Caron, W. Klein, S.Greene, D. Grimonet and many others.
12 rue Saint Gilles, Paris 75003
Tel: +33 1 71 20 54 97
Open from Tuesday to Sunday
Timetable: From 11p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
: Chemin Vert
Almine Rech Gallery
A beautiful space in the marais area which represents numerous artists from all over the world (including Jeff Koons, Hedi Slimane, Ugo Rondinone, Aaron Young and many others). We suggest you take some time to visit the shop contained in the gallery, which is full of interesting books about art and rare artists’ biographies.
Rue Saintonge, 75003 PARIS
T +33 (0)1 45 83 71 90
F +33 (0)1 45 70 91 30
In the beautiful district of the Marais you can visit the Carnavalet museum which is dedicated to the history of the city.The museum occupies two neighboring mansions: the Hôtel Carnavalet and the former Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau which include entire decorated rooms with works of art and antique furniture.
The Hôtel Carnavalet was purchased by the Municipal Council of Paris in 1866; it was opened to the public in 1880.By the latter part of the 20th century, the museum was bursting at the seams. The Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau was annexed to the Carnavalet and opened to the public in 1989.
The Carnavalet houses
about 2,600 paintings, 20,000 drawings, 300,000 engravings and 150,000 photographs, 2,000 modern sculptures and 800 pieces of furniture, thousands of ceramics, many decorations, models and reliefs, signs, thousands of coins, countless items, many of them souvenirs of famous characters, and thousands of archeological fragments. . . . The period called Modern Time, which spans from the Renaissance until today, is known essentially by the vast amount of images of the city . . . There are many views of the streets and monuments of Paris from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, but there are also many portraits of characters who played a role in the history of the capital and works showing events which took place in Paris, especially the many revolutions which stirred the capital.(source:wikipedia)
23 Rue Sévigné, Paris 75004
Tel: 01 44 59 58 58
Open daily excepted monday
From 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
Metro: Saint Paul/Chemin vert
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
In the heart of the marais you can visit the beautiful musuem of photography which regularly introduces new exhibitions, ranging in between numerous and multicultural photographers.
For those who are particularly passionate about photography, there is the possibility of buying a 12 months ticket at the price of 28 euros.the same ticket is reduced to 26 euros for people under the age of 26, or for senior visitors and the artists.
The entrance is free, every Wednsday between 5 and 8 p.m.
Maison Européenne de la photographie
5/7 rue de Fourcy – 75004 Paris
Téléphone: (33) 1 44 78 75 00
Every day (appart from mondays and tuesdays ) from 11 to 8 p.m.
Metro: Saint Paul ou Pont Marie.
: 67, 69, 96 ou 76.
Through out the year numerous exhibitions take place, among the permanent ones, visited by millions of people (over 25,000 per day!) who come from all over the world.
The square in front of the museum, place Georges Pompidou, is known for the street artists such as mimes, singers who perform for the crowds, especially during the weekends.