The Marais neighborhood is dotted with 17th-century private mansions and museums dedicated to artists like Picasso, as well as the country’s largest collection of modern and contemporary art at the Centre Pompidou. Extending from the Haut Marais, which touches Bastille, to the banks of the Seine, this neighborhood feels like both a little village (it’s historically the Jewish quarter), as well as a nightlife hub, since some of the hottest bars and restaurants are located here. Since it’s a central part of the city—as well as a popular shopping destination—the Marais can be busy on weekends, and the streets can be noisy in the evenings. It’s on the pricier side in terms of accommodations, but if you want to step out your door and be in the heart of the action, this is the place. The Marais is lined with fantastic cafes and bars, a few standouts being Le Mary Celeste, Candelaria, and Little Red Door. Since the area is home to artists and creatives, you’ll find a variety of coworking places like WeWork and Unicorners.
The Marais borders Oberkampf, a neighborhood in the 11th arrondissement that was once a working-class part of Paris and, over the past decade or so, has emerged as one of the more up-and-coming places to live and go out. Since the neighborhood is on the compact side, it’s easy to hop from one bar or restaurant to the next—and it seems like the list of must-visit spots just keeps growing. Grab a glass of wine and artisanal ice cream at Folderol, or reserve a seat next door at intimate yakitori Le Rigmarole, owned and operated by the same couple. Continue the evening with drinks and dancing at vinyl record bars Fréquence and Bambino, or opt for a more low-key evening of wine and light bites at newcomer Pur Vin. Since the area is still developing, it’s more affordable than the Marais and offers 24/7 coworking spots like Paradise Working on the main drag, rue Oberkampf.
Splitting her time between Miami and Paris, Lane covers travel, lifestyle, wine, and food for publications such as Travel + Leisure and Vogue.com.
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