The Marais is home to the vibrant Jewish quarter as well as upscale boutiques and an active nightlife. Learn our favorite historical secrets while you make your way to the best hot spots in the area. Highlights include the glamorous Hotel Particuliers, the Shoah Memorial, the beautiful public park, Place des Vosges and the Rue des Rosiers with its famous falafel cafes. This is Paris at its eclectic and picture-perfect best.
Explore Paris' vibrant Marais district during your walking tour. As you walk, your friendly guide will explain the fascinating history of this district, one of the oldest in Paris. The Marais was the site of the first Jewish settlement in Paris and continues to be the hub of the Jewish community today. Pass by the Memorial de la Shoah, an important Jewish site inaugurated in 2005 that stands as a powerful reminder of the Holocaust in France. Continue to the Place des Voges, one of the oldest squares in Paris and a highlight of the Marais. It was once a royal park and is considered to be one of the most beautiful squares in Paris; it was also home to famous French writer Victor Hugo. Next see one of the best examples of Jewish culture in the Marais today – the cobbled Rue des Rosiers, home to Jewish bakeries, bookshops and kosher food outlets. Walk along this vibrant street with your guide, and make note of its popular cafes to come back to during your time in Paris.