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The Calm of the Temple and the life of the Marais (3rd )

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The Calm of the Temple and the life of the Marais (3rd)
The chic of life on the islands (4th Arrondissement)
The neighbourhood for everyone (5th)
Pure animation! (6th)
Institutional Paris (7th)
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When the modern style sets in, Nature resists (12th)
The heterogeneous neighbourhood (13th)
From Montsouris to Montparnasse (14th)
A spot of green in a densely populated Paris (15th)
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Bohemian Montmartre according to Aznavour (18th)
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Nature/Leisurely walks : +++ Culture : ++ Shopping : +++

The 3rd arrondissement is actually a neighbourhood with two sides to it: the Faubourg du Temple and the Marais. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of the capital.

The distinctive features of the Faubourg du Temple extend to the Rues Volta and Gravilliers. In this neighbourhood, with its population very attached to its past, there is a popular air which spreads from the shops supplying fairground stallholders to the few leather goods specialists still present.

Le Marais, delimited by the former bed of the Seine, takes its name from the market gardens which were there in the Middle Ages. Its uniform architecture dating from the 13th century is a delight to look at and for your curiosity: heavy doors leading to inner courtyards, cobbled lanes and numerous little gardens jealously hidden behind tall walls. Today, the homosexuals have adopted certain streets of the Marais, making this neighbourhood lively and bringing new fashion and music trends.

Routes for everyone :

for lovers of leisurely walks :

If you are attracted by nature, choose the Faubourg du Temple with the Square du Temple and of course the Carreau du Temple. Its metal and glass architecture make it a very pleasant, warm place. The paving stones of the Rue du Petit-Thouars located near the Carreau will take you on a visit of workshops with a medieval flavour. You can also visit the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Rue des Archives.

On the other hand, if you prefer to wander along in a very lively atmosphere, go for a little walk around the very secret roads of the Marais. In the Rue des Oiseaux you can discover the Marché des Enfants Rouges, one of the oldest in the city. But if you just want to stroll around the streets, you won't lose out because each of them has its own charm and its own personality.

for lovers of culture :

At the heart of the Marais are hidden numerous museums of which some may surprise you in view of their originality, such as the Musées de la Poupée. In other registers you will find the Musées d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, des Arts et Métiers and the Musée Picasso. But the most important is the Musée Carnavalet which relates the history of Paris.

Finally, if you like medieval architecture, you will love the 3rd arrondissement.

for lovers of shopping :

Fans of Techno music and Street Wear and Sport Wear clothes will find their paradise in the roads of the Marais. Homosexuals have transformed this into a gay neighbourhood, making it very "in", in the forefront of fashion and of everything Kitsch.

And if you like handicrafts, leather goods and fancy jewellery, the Rue des Vertus and the Rue des Gravilliers will overwhelm you. The Carreau du Temple will meet all your expectations for second-hand and new clothes in a fair-like atmosphere.

To remember : le Nord du Marais / le Faubourg du Temple.


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