Le Marais District:
Spread across parts of 3rd and 4th arrondissements, Le Marais (aka, the Swamp), was one of our favorite places to hang out, dine, and shop in. Compared to some other districts of Paris, Le Marais still possesses the old Paris charm and character with cobblestone streets, small alleyways, and historic buildings, while having great shopping, cafes, restaurants, and bars.
Le Marais used to be home to the aristocrats in the 17th and 18th centuries, but became a commercial district after the French Revolution. A large Jewish community also started there, which still thrives today, mainly on rue des Rosiers. In between the French Revolution and the 1950s, many significant and beautiful buildings were left in a state of disrepair and squalor. In the 1960s, the French government and the Parisian municipality decided to actively restore and rehabilitate the district. Today, Le Marais is very fashionable, artsy, and trendy, with several museums in the area as well as many art galleries. From what I’ve read, it is also the center of LGBTQ culture.
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