An Afternoon in Paris’ Marais District

An Afternoon in Paris’ Marais DistrictParis’ oldest neighborhood, Le Marais, offers plenty for tourists. Stroll past the oldest private residence in Paris (which dates to the early 15th century) located on the Rue de Montmorency, view artistic masterpieces, shop unique pieces, and indulge in fantastic food while spending an afternoon in this unforgettable part of the City of Lights.

Do:

Musée Picasso
5 rue de Thorigny
Métro: Chemin Vert

One of my favorite places to visit when I’m in Paris is Le Musée Picasso, a gorgeous museum dedicated, of course, to the life and work of Pablo Picasso. The museum’s collection includes several thousand of the master’s sculptures, paintings, engravings, and sketches. Within the museum, Picasso’s works are organized chronologically, starting with Picasso’s painting “Self-Portrait” (1896) and ending with the painting “The Seated Old Man” (1971). When you’re done taking in the masterpieces, stop by the café and enjoy a pastry and espresso.

Shop:

Merci
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais
Métro: Saint Sébastien Froissart

Merci is an upscale, 3-story boutique filled with on-trend home goods as well as unique clothing and accessories for men and women (and a great place to find your easy-to-pack gifts and souvenirs). The building’s high ceilings and natural lighting make for a lovely ambiance. When you’re done shopping (or browsing), head to the library/café and settle in with a cup of something warm (or refreshing) next to the impressive walls full of books.

Eat:

L’As du Falafel
32-34 Rue des Rosiers
Metro: St. Paul

Most people who have been to the Marais will tell you to be sure to eat at L’As du Falafel, and for good reason. This ultra-casual restaurant has gained a reputation for having the best falafel in the city (and at very budget-friendly prices). You can either get your food to go or sit down and enjoy it in one of the two dining rooms (that tend to get very crowded around lunch time!). The famous falafel sandwich comes with grilled eggplant, cabbage, hummus, tahini, and spiced sauce – absolument délicieux.

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