Place de Republique – Marais –  Ile Saint Louis – Ile da la Cite

The 3rd arrondissement is one of the best places to live in Paris, it is a place of quiet streets, many specialty food stores and great museums.

The 4th Arrondissement is home of the older Parisian district, the Marais, and a showcase of lively bars, restaurants, boutiques and beautiful squares.

Ile de la Cite is the heart of Paris and where everything started, connected  to the rest of Paris by bridges to both banks of the river and to the Île Saint-Louis. The oldest bridge is the Pont Neuf.

The Ile St. Louis is the sister island, now an elegant residential area.

Île Saint-Louis

Ile Saint-Louis  by brangal

SLEEPING   Le Marais

Hotel Le Presbytere París   78, rue de la Verriere. Metro: Hotel de la Ville.  The hotel  is located next to the church of St. Merry in a pedestrian area of the historical Marais district.  Price range: 90-130 Euros

Caron de Beaumarchais   12, rue Vieille du Temple. Metro: Hotel de Ville. This is a very nice three star hotel. Price range 145-185 Euros.

Pavillon de la Reine   28, Place des Vosges. Metro:  Saint Paul. Elegant boutique hotel member of the Small Luxury Hotels. Price range from 330 Euros.

Pavillon de la Reine

Pavillon de la Reine   by loran

SLEEPING    Ile Saint Louis

St. LOUIS EN L’ISLE   75, rue St. Louis en L’Isle. Metro: Pont Marie, St. Paul. Situated on one of the prettiest neighbourhoods of Paris within the small island of St. Louis, the hotel is like an oasis built-in a 17th century stone town house.

JEU DE POMME   54, rue St. Louis en L’Isle.  Romantic hotel close to Notre Dame Cathedral. Price range: 285-360 Euros

L'île Saint-Louis un soir d'automne

L’ile Saint-Louis  by Audrey AK

FOOD & DRINK  Le Marais

RUE DE BRETAGNE. At the northern part of the Marais, look for the Marche des Enfants Rouges, the oldest food market in Paris, built-in 1615. 39, rue de Bretagne. Metro: Temple

JULIEN DE SAVINAC     The best wines of Bergerac and southwest of France.

BENOIT   20, rue Saint-Martin. Metro: Chatelet-Hotel de la Ville.  Traditional french cuisine, lunch menus from 38 Euros.

ROBERT ET LOUISE   64, rue Vieille du Temple. Metro: St. Paul, Hotel de Ville.  Small restaurant with a fire-place grill.

MA BOURGOGNE   19, place des Vosges. Metro: Bastille-Chemin Vert.  Situated under the arches of the place des Vosges. Recommended prix fix menu.

Paris, France

Escargots by josewolff

FOOD & DRINK     Ile St. Louis – Ile de la Cite

BERTHILLON    31, rue St. Louis en l’Isle.  Many people think this is the best ice cream in Paris.

RUE ST. LOUIS EN L’ISLE.  The whole street is a pleasure for gourmet lovers. From side-walk cafes to gourmet stores, every shop is outstanding.

LE PETIT PLATEAU   1, Quai des Fleurs. Metro: Pont Marie.  The perfect place for a quick-lunch, may be a quiche and salad, then continue walking.


Berthillon Ice cream    by luizfilipe


From west to east beginning in the 3rd arrondissement.

Musee des Arts et Metiers   Metro: Arts et Metiers. Art & Crafts Museum. The museum houses  a collection of scientific instruments and inventions.

Musee Picasso  Hotel Sale, 5, rue de Thorigny. The museum will remain closed until summer 2013 for renovations.

Centre Pompidou   Metro: Rambouteau.  Built in a high-tech style, the Centre is a complex of modern art, cinemas, theatre, and a rooftop restaurant with one the best panoramic views of Paris.

The Marais   Metro: St. Paul.  The heart of the Marais is the Place des Vosges.  This should be the starting point of a walk along the medieval streets of the Marais.

Notre Dame Cathedral  Metro: Cite.

The Cathedral viewed from the South

Notre Dame de Paris   by Storm Crypt


My Special Places

Musee Carnavalet   23, rue de Sevigne. Metro: St. Paul. The museum is a chronicle of Paris life from the beginnings to today. It is located in two wonderful old mansions one of the Hotel Carnavalet, built-in 1548 and once home of Madame de Sevigne. The courtyard at the entrance of the museum has a beautiful inner garden, perfect for a delightful rest and contemplation.

Ile St. Louis Metro: Pont Marie. Stroll along the charming rue St. Louis en Isle and you won’t be disappointed.
The Flower Market at Place Louis Lepine in the Ile de la Cite is a must.

Carnavalet's central garden
Carnavalet’s central garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Along the rue des Francs Bourgeois, rue Ste. Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, rue de Rivoli, rue des Rosiers, rue Vieille du Temple. Place des Vosges

Old bakery, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 29, in P...
Old bakery, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 29, in Paris IV e arrondissement. Français : Ancienne boulangerie, 29 rue des Francs-Bourgeois dans le 4 e arrondissement de Paris. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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