Join the local Parisians in their favorite part of the city and enjoy exploring narrow medieval streets full of old façades, historic mansions, fascinating museums, and charming squares and gardens, combined with cutting edge fashion, inspiring cuisine and intellectual tastes. Our local guide will give you access to this lovely neighborhood full of history and atmosphere, and reveal the secrets of this most Parisian part of Paris on this private 1.5 hour walking tour.
Join a local expert and explore the Parisian's favorite part of Paris. Historic mansions and squares over 400 years old rub shoulders with high fashion and designer boutiques, museums and contemporary art galleries and a wide selection of quality restaurants, tempting locals and visitors alike. Booking a private tour will allow you to visit at your own pace and see the scenery from a local’s perspective.
In the 1860s, much of old Paris was torn down under Napoleon III, who was eager to replace the congested medieval alleys and narrow houses with the wide avenues and imposing façades we recognize around the city today. The Second Empire collapsed before that policy could be extended to the Marais district, so this neighborhood preserves some of the feel of centuries past. Your guide can show you through winding streets opening into elegant squares lined with stately mansions in what is still today one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Paris. You’ll hear about the centuries-old history of the neighborhood featuring tales of jousting, romance, treason and revolution, as you stroll through the Place des Vosges, Europe’s oldest royal square. The medieval Hotel de Sens contrasts with the baroque St. Paul’s, and every street is lined with café terraces populated at all hours and in all weather. The Jewish Quarter in Paris is here as well, with a vibrant and inspiring history, and the best falafel in the city. Add great writers, and innovative pastry chefs... what more could you need?
Cutting-edge and classic, evolving and eternal, the Marais invites you to wander in become one of the locals. Your engaging guide will give you the keys to the neighborhood.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking, please ensure you are wearing comfortable shoes