Le Marais

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With small narrow medieval streets, hosting bars, restaurants, hotels, trendy shops, wineries and art galleries, Le Marais is Paris’ epicenter of cool. Once a synonym of Judaism in Paris, it became an LGBT iconic place to live and shop at after the 1980s. The rise to “chic” took centuries: the land where it seats was cultivated by the abbeys in the surrounding areas. Then, in the 14th century, Charles V took up residence in Le Marais, turning it into a royal hot spot. During the 17th and 18th century, even though the royal family already had moved back to Le Louvre, the aristocrats chose Les Marais to escape from the noise and the hustle of the city. Most of their residences looked like palaces and we can still see them at places like Le Place des Vosges, a square built in the early 1600s, enclosed by red brick houses and now hosting shops, bars, and restaurants; the Maison of Victor Hugo, the house of the author of Les Misérables and Le Village Saint-Paul, right behind the church with the same name, a charming little maze of cobbled roads and back passages, definitely a paradise for antiques collectors.

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54 Rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris