Paris audio tour: Le Marais: the Paris neighborhood that has it all!

Le Marais: the Paris neighborhood that has it all!

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

The Marais is one of the most fascinating neighborhoods in Paris because it has gone through so many changes over the last 1000 years! It's also notorious for being easy to get lost in! On this tour I'll take you through the very best the Marais has to offer while telling you about the most stunning events that have taken place here. We will also find the best shopping the area has to offer, some great restaurants and bakeries, the Jewish quarter, beautiful plazas and residences. Learn how Paris was practically torn down and rebuilt in the vision of one man. Discover how the nobility fought and died in their duels of honor. We can do all of that because the Marais is the place that has something for everyone! Let's get started on our discovery of this quintessentially Parisian neighborhood, shall we?

Tour Producer


Annie Sargent

Bonjour, I'm Annie Sargent, tour guide and producer of the Join Us in France Travel Podcast. I love introducing new people to my favorite destinations in France. Because I've lived away from France for many years, I came back eager to re-discover my own country and the places where French history happened. And because I am French born and raised I can't help but introduce a little bit of French culture into your visit. So, let's get walking and enjoy this tour together!

Major Landmarks

  • Hôtel de Sens

  • Église Saint-Gervais

  • Hotel de Sully

  • Place des Vosges

  • Archives Nationales

Directions to Starting Point

This tour starts at the Pont Marie Metro Station on line 7. When you exist the metro (don't worry, there is only one possible way to exit), go to the surface and this is where I'll start guiding you!

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Places to stop along the way

This tour will take you to the Hôtel de Sens, Fortifications from the Middle Ages, Hôtel de Beauvais, Houses from the Middle Ages, Saint-Paul Saint-Louis Church, Hotel de Sully, Place des Vosges, Shopping district, Jewish district, Musée Carnavalet, Rue des Rosiers, Hôtel d'Hérouet, Archives Nationales.

If you're in the mood for a sit-down meal, I recommend the Auberge Nicolas Flamel on 51 rue de Montmorency. It is only open a dinner time and it is best to make a reservation +33 1 85 52 05 02. This restaurant is pretty close to where our tour ends.

For a lovely meal near to where you started this tour, I recommend Aux Vins des Pyrénées on 25 rue Beautreillis. This restaurant is open at both lunch and dinner and you usually don't need a reservation.

Best time of day

Any time of day is good, but I recommend you take this tour during business hours so you can stop and try some of the restaurants and pastry shops I'll point out along the way!


Make sure you take an extra battery pack with you, you don't want to run out of juice in the middle of the tour!


I did this tour on my first full day in Paris and thoroughly enjoyed it. After listening to Annie’s podcast to prepare for the trip, doing Annie’s tours helped me feel like I was being shown around by a friend and lessened my nerves. The Marais was such a cool neighborhood and I learned a lot!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 1 day ago

Another fantastic tour!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 month ago

Do not miss Annie’s tour of the Marais. Informative and fun. A great way to get to know this area of Paris. Do it!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 2 months ago

Wonderful tour, learned so much!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago

I walked around the Marais with Annie, it was great fun and I highly recommend this tour. I have 3 more of her tours to do and can’t wait!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago

I enjoyed the interesting stories and commentary. Since I listened at home, a few more pictures would have been great. Thanks for the tour!

Posted by Monica , about 2 years ago

We have added quite a lot of photos to this tour. If you'd like to take it again, you can go into the Account tab of the app and left-swipe this tour to delete it. After confirming this, go to the Purchased tab above the list of remaining tours and download it again insuring that you get the latest version. Enjoy!

Posted by Annie , over 1 year ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Le Marais: the Paris neighborhood that has it all!