The Marais

The charming and very popular Marais is not only one of the most pleasant neighbourhoods in Paris to live in or to visit, but also one of the most inclusive.

Le Marais © A. Dupont

If we were to name one district in Paris that is particularly popular with the LGBT community, it would have to be the Marais. Most of the French capital’s gay-friendly venues are located in this neighbourhood squeezed in between Place de la Bastille, Place de la République and Hôtel de Ville. A whole range of bars, boutiques and clubs have sprung up here over the past 30 years, turning this district into an authentic yet trendy little village drawing a disparate crowd of visitors.

The Marais is also known to be a cultural hotspot. It has some of the top museums in Paris (the Pompidou Centre, the Musée Picasso, the Musée Cognacq-Jay, etc.), and several art galleries (Thaddaeus Ropac, Daniel Templon and Karsten Greve, to name only three) have set up shop here, making the district a cornerstone of the art scene in Paris.

And every year, towards the end of June, the Marais is the place where people come together to party during one of the most festive occasions in Paris – the Gay Pride parade.

Hotel de Béthune-Sully

Monument
62 rue Saint-Antoine, Paris, 75004

Between its courtyard and its garden, the Hôtel de Béthune-Sully is one of the most beautiful private mansions in Paris. At the......

Maison de Victor Hugo Member

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6 place des Vosges, Paris, 75004

Situated in the prestigious Place de Vosges in the heart of the Marais district, the Maison de Victor Hugo invites visitors into......

Place des Vosges

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Place des Vosges, Paris, 75004

It is the Crown jewel of a district that is not lacking in attractions! The Place des Vosges is one of the oldest squares in......

Musée Cognacq-Jay - Le goût du XVIIIe Member

Museum
8 rue Elzévir, Paris, 75003

The Musée Cognacq-Jay in the heart of the Marais district recreates the atmosphere of an Enlightenment-era Paris residence.......

Musée national Picasso-Paris Member

Museum
5 rue de Thorigny, Paris, 75003
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The collection in the Musée Picasso-Paris includes more than 5,000 works and tens of thousands of archive pieces. By its quality......

Le BHV Marais Member

Art de vivre | Jewellery | Hats | Footwear | Concept stores, multi-brands | Department stores | Haute couture, luxury | Bookshops, CDs, photographic and computer equipment | Leatherwear and other bags | Children's fashion | Women's fashion | Men's fashion | Sportswear | Vins & alcools | Lingerie
52 rue de Rivoli, Paris, 75004
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Ideally located in the heart of Paris, facing the Hotel de Ville and Notre-Dame, in the most touristic, trendy and cultural area,......

Hôtel de Ville de Paris Member

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Mairie de Paris - Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 75004

The Hôtel de Ville de Paris has been the seat of the Paris City Council since 1357. The current building, with a neo-renaissance......

Centre Pompidou Member

Museum
Place Georges Pompidou, Paris, 75004
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The Centre Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, is a 20th-century architectural marvel, immediately recognizable......

Musée des Arts et Métiers Member

Museum
60 rue Réaumur, Paris, 75003

The Musée des Arts et Métiers, founded in 1794, is housed in the Abbaye de Saint-Martin-des-Champs. With a total surface are of......

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Museum
62 rue des Archives, Paris, 75003

The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is situated in the two mansions, the Hôtel particulier de Guénégaud (17th century) and the......

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