Mix Paris’ historically Jewish quarter with a thriving gay community and the result is the Marais, a dynamic neighborhood where it’s easy to find both great bagels and fine clothing boutiques.
By day, the many quaint yet hip cafés and bistros bustle with activity, as do the unique shops and vintage stores that line the streets.
At night, this diverse scene offers a vivid taste of Paris’ nightlife with a number of cool, low-key bars and pubs, some stylish and trendy cafés, a few high-energy clubs, and a large number of gay bars.
While the lively area may be well known for its gay community, the nightspots are welcoming to all and draw a particularly international clientele.
And whereas most of Paris is closed on Sundays, the Marais stays true to its Jewish roots by keeping the shops and cafés open, attracting enormous crowds of every ilk looking for the best falafel and delis in the city – making the Marais the place to go for a Sunday afternoon drink or evening dinner.
Party Earth Review Facing an array of shops on bustling rue des Archives, Les Marronniers offers people-watchers a stellar terrace experience in the heart of the über liberal Marais. Afternoons see the ... more
18 Rue des Archives
Party Earth Review Eating and drinking is the heart of Paris nightlife, and one of the best places to do both is at Café Charlot. Formerly a neighborhood boulangerie, Charlot is now a lively, crowd-pleasing ... more
38 Rue de Bretagne
Party Earth Review A popular spot for the college crowd, Lizard Lounge is a friendly neighborhood bar set in the predominately gay Marais scene. Housed in a three-story wooden structure, Lizard Lounge ... more
18 Rue du Bourg- Tibourg
Reviewed by Amanda D.
"My Take: La Trinquette is the place to go if you want to feel French! This wine bar is authentically French from the exquisite wine and cheese, to the ..." more
67 rue des Gravilliers
Bar / Mexican Restaurant
Party Earth Review Owned by two New Yorkers, a Colombian, and a Mexican, Candelaria is a lively little joint that attracts a youthful, international crowd with its authentic Mexican cuisine – a tough ... more
52 Rue de Saintonge
Reviewed by Amanda D.
"My Take: The heavenly aroma of food fills the air at Le Marché des Enfants Rouge. Different smells and food on display whet the appetite as you walk a ..." more
39 rue de Bretagne
Middle Eastern Restaurant
Reviewed by Genevieve C.
"If you're new to the idea of trying any food in Paris that does not involve crepes, nutella, cheese or wine then you may be asking yourself "Why would ..." more
34 Rue des Rosiers
Party Earth Review Yono is an elegant, well-designed restaurant and bar on the busy Rue Vieille-du-Temple in the heart of the Marais. Stepping in from the bustle of the road, patrons encounter a spacious ... more
37 Rue Vieille-du-Temple