Marais Tour

The Marais, is filled with magnificent historical mansions, charming streets and includes the beautiful Place des Vosges, and Village St Paul, an antique enclave with 80 antique dealers. While still maintaining its old world charm, it is also the home to upscale art galleries, fashion houses, vintage fashion shops, and chic boutiques. You will find fantastic contemporary design stores covering all the current trends are taken care of – 60s pop-kitsch, sleek European sophistication and the other-wordy charm of North-Africa. Homeware, decoration, and great gifts are all on offer here! What better souvenir of Paris, or gift to take home, than a beautiful objects for the drawing room? Shops are open on Sunday when most other parts of Paris are closed.

Under the Monarchy, the Marais was a favorite residence of the court and the birthplace of many traditions of French cuisine. From the tables of kings, table manners and dishes spread to French society and to the world. Visit the best Tea Salon in Paris at ‘Mariage Freres’, which sells 450 varieties of tea. A noticeable landmark is the Gothic Hotel Herouet and its turret built in 1528 at the corner of rue des Frances-Bourgeois and rue Vieille-du-Temple.

Rue Croix de la Bretonnerie has many cafes, restaurants, clubs, fashion boutiques and “maisons et objects” stores. It is the center of Paris’s vibrant gay community and has served as Paris's primary Jewish neighborhood and continues as an important center of Jewish culture and Kosher restaurants and bakeries.

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Rue Vieille-du-Temple: North-east towards Place de la Republic and including the whole of the Marais, was once a state within a state owned by the powerful Order of Knights Templar, founded in the Holy Land to protect pilgrims. By the 13th century the knights Templar had its own international banking system and had become independent of the crown. They became too powerful and in 1307 Philip the Fair had the Knights arrested and the order dissolved. At 51 rue de Montmorency, the oldest house (1407) in Paris still stands.

The Jewish community existed in Paris since the 1st century and the French Revolution granted Jews religious and occupational freedom for the first time in France's history. Jewish highlights include the deportation monument, Memorial of the Shoah and Jewish Archives, centuries old synagogues like the famous Synagogue Guimard on rue Tournelles, museums, homes that once belonged to famous Jewish artists, quaint Judaica shops, delis, bakeries and more on Rue des Rosiers and Rue Fredinand Duval and surroundings.


Breakfast Orientation Tour - Ref MAR1 - 200€ per group

Available Daily

Get your bearings over a morning coffee and conversation at a local Cafe. Ask your guide everything you want to know about the local neighborhood and any tour and activity advice.

Includes: Private Guide / Duration 2hrs / Breakfast at client's expense.

Vintage Shopping Tour - Ref MAR2 - 240€ per group

Available Daily

A meandering tour around the village St Paul, Le Marais and beyond into Bastille winding through the medieval streets of Paris will allow walkers to discover some of the most popular and well priced vintage boutiques in Paris.

Includes:  Private Guide / Duration 3hrs

Professional Photography Tours - Ref MAR3 - 80€pp *

Available Mo 10am

Learn the basics from a Pro. Our fast paced photo tour with one of our professional English speaking photographers.

Includes: Professional Photographer / Duration 2hrs.

History of Gastronomy & Great Chefs Tour - Ref MAR4 - 250€ per group

Available Daily

The Marais was a favorite residence of the court. We'll look for traces of the stories & history that accompanied the birthplace of Haute Cuisine & traditions of French cuisine as you sample local food & wine.

Includes:  Private Guide / Duration 3hrs

Jewish Paris – Ref MAR5 - 250€ per group

Available Daily

Discover where the roots of Judaism took hold, From the steps of the Notre Dame to the Place des Vosges, Paris, home to France's largest Jewish community is filled with Jewish history, even where you least expect it!

Includes:  Private Guide / Duration 3hrs

Gay Paris Walking Tour - Ref MAR6 - 250€ per group

Available Daily

Our expert gay guide will point out the best bars, restaurants, boutiques and clubs and during the tour talk about the gay history of the area and the antics of some of the French kings got up to.

Includes:  Private Guide / Duration 3hrs