Le Marais is one of my favorite areas in Paris. Every time I go there is something new and it will have evolved, certainly if you move a bit more to the Place de la Bastille area. Restaurants and shops pop up continuously. So please find here my little tips on where to go for shops, culture and wining and dining.
For culture go to Maison Rouge, a contemporary art museum with great exhibitions. Make sure to check their schedule as you don’t want to go there when they are just refurbishing for the next exhibition which happened to me one time. Another one worth a visit is Maison Europeenne de la Photographie.
Known for their cuisine this is a great area to test your taste buds. It will be hard to make a choice, but just give it a start. I had a great ‘tasting menu’ at restaurant Oberkampf. They serve one menu to all, taking into account any allergies /dietary requirements you might have. Be surprised by amazing tastes. Other ones are Resto Bones, Le Mary Celeste, or Le Gaspard de la Nuit. There are also a few smaller cafes worth checking out for a coffee or lunch during the day. Please try café ‘Au Petit fer a cheval’ (30 Rue Vieille du Temple), café Pinson (58, rue de Faubourg Poissonniere) or Blend Café (Beaumarchais 115).
For shops in Le Marais area I would recommend to look out for Black Block (rue Charlot), Leon & Harper (at Beaumarchais nr 99), and French Trotter (rue Vieille du temple 128). You can’t miss concept store Merci-Merci (111 blvd Beaumarchais), where you could also have a lovely lunch or coffee, or L’Eclaireur. These stores are the Colettes from Marais and should definitely be on your list.
When you have so much to do in Marais you’d better find a hotel here also. Airbnb would be nice for a lovely apartment, and hotels I could recommend are Hotel Ho (38 Blvd du temple), or Hotel 1K (13 Blvd du temple). Feel one with the locals, roam the streets and make Le Marais your home for a long weekend.