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Trip to Paris: Le Marais vs Montmartre
Time for a trip to Paris? Walking in Paris is a great way to see the city. For a long time, Paris’s artistic quarter of Montmartre was the place to be during a city break to the French capital. Far less touristy, the Jewish quarter of Le Marais is also worth a visit. It is equally delightful with little alleyways and cosy cafés.
Marais or Montmartre? We’ll show you what each quarter has to offer and why walking is one of the best ways to experience these areas.
On the trails of Pablo Picasso and Amélie Poulain in Montmartre
Pablo Picasso once lived and worked in Montmartre. You could also bump into Renoir or Matisse on this hill in the north of Paris during the Belle Époque. Nowadays many tourists succumb to the quarter’s charm. Walking in Paris is exemplified very well by walking here.
The film ‘Amélie’, which takes viewers into the Parisian hotspot, also helped to contribute to Montmartre’s romantic image. The Café Deux Moulins, which was used as Amélie’s workplace, is one of the oldest bistros in the city.
Climb up Montmartre’s steps and a stroll through the alleyways. Go past the artsy Place du Tertre, the famous Maison Rose and the Moulin Rouge cabaret that simply have to be part of any Parisian itinerary. Then experience what is possibly Paris’s most beautiful view, from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, which is completely free!
Second-hand treasures and falafel in Le Marais
An enjoyable stroll through Paris means watching out for selfie sticks when you’re in Montmartre. Le Marais, however, offers a much more relaxing experience on the northern bank of the Seine. It is between the Place de la République and the Place de la Bastille. The Jewish center of Paris does not seem to be as small and winding. Instead, it’s much more chic and authentic, with the Place des Vosges at its heart and the Pompidou Centre welcoming visitors from the west.
Trendy vintage shops line up alongside designer boutiques and workshops, with exquisite restaurants like Jaja hidden in-between. Here there are some idyllic courtyards. Terres de Café has a particularly large coffee selection. The Marché des Enfants-Rouges, a covered market, is perfect for a rainy day and really must not be missed. Also, Do not miss the best falafel in the city from L’as du Falafel and Chez Hannah, both located on Rue des Rosiers.
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