As an Australia based specialist we understand the experience our customers are looking for and we know how much location matters. The Marais is one of the preferred areas for Australian travellers and there are a lot of Paris apartments to offer in the Marais to suit many requirements.
The Marais area can be divided in to four sections.
The first area would have a radius around Saint Paul metro station. This is the oldest part of Paris and we can set virtual borders with Rue du Parc Royal at the north and Ile Saint Louis as the south, Bastille on east side and Hotel de Ville on the west side. This is considered the heart of the Marais. It is an area to enjoy boutique shops from traditional quality products such as the old tea house of Mariages Frères established in 1854 or A l’Olivier established in 1822, an olive oil and condiment specialist, to trendy designers such as Zadig & Voltaire as well as many contemporary art galleries.
The second area has its radius around the Pompidou centre. It also hosts some of the oldest buildings of Paris and is very centrally located to access the whole of the city. The Louvre and Notre Dame are about 10-15 minutes walking distance and many streets around the Pompidou centre are pedestrian only which is an enjoyable break from the city rush. We have a large number of Paris apartments to offer in this part of the Marais such as Pompidou studio.
The third area we can identify is the northern part, very much all of the 3rd arrondissement. This part of the Marais became trendy slightly later. Due to the initial popularity of the southern part and the Bastille side, the Parisians that wanted to move to the Marais area for its lively lifestyle slowly populated the northern part which finds its border at the Republique square and the avenue de la Republique on the east side. This area which includes sights such as the Picasso museum (brand new) and the Carnavalet Museum, is now as lively and trendy as the southern part and rue de Bretagne is one of the lively jewels. We can recommend Chez Janou if you are looking for a traditional Provencal bistrot meal.
The fourth part of the Marais is the Bastille area and the few streets behind the Bastille opera house. Most people strictly limit the Marais to the 3rd and the 4th arrondissement, but literally the Marais being the wetland created by the Seine river over flowing in winter, the Marais really finds its eastern border about the metro station Ledru Rollin. Bastille is identified as an area by itself but it is part of the Marais and within a few minutes walking distance to the heart of the Marais. There are many bars and restaurants and rue de la Roquette and rue de Lappe hosts many of them. In the area Chez Paul is a good address for French traditional food.
A stay in a Paris apartment in the Marais will offer the choice of lots of restaurants and cafés as well as walking distance to many sights, it is one of the very central and enjoyable parts of Paris.