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Paris 3 Like a Local: where to eat, play & stay in le Marais and Temple

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The 3rd Arrondissement of Paris is one of the most touristy districts in Paris, together with Paris 1 and Paris 4 of course! This is a district very appreciated for its quality of life. However, Paris 3 has many faces, with three interesting areas which deserve a little detour . . .

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In the 3rd arrondissement, we can find half of le Marais  (the other half is in Paris 4). This is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Paris, especially known for its beautiful architecture, trendy and vintage boutiques and art galleries. Le Marais means “marsh” in French and long, long time ago it was just this, a marshland. Things changed in the XIV century when Charles V drained the marshlands and included this area inside the new ramparts surrounding the city. After some security incidents at Ile de Cité, the king decided to move to Hôtel Saint Paul in the Marais. Consequently, all the important people followed the king, building beautiful residences (hôtels particuliers) around the new royal palace. Some of these hôtels particuliers host today interesting museums opened to the public.

The heart of this half le Marais is (in our opinion) Musée des Archives Nationales (at Hôtel Soubise), hosting the French Archives from the Merovingians to 1958, AND Musée Carnevalet  (Hôtel de Sévigné) dedicated to the history of Paris.

Update !  Musée Carnevalet is currently closed for renovation works until end of 2019

The Historical Quarters of  Temple and Arts et Métiers

Paris 3rd arrondissement also includes the historical neighborhoods of Temple and Arts et Métiers, today considered part of le Marais. The name “Temple” comes from the Knights of Templar, the religious and military order who by the XIVth century owned the land around le Marais. Many artisans and craftsmen established within the Templars’ walls, where the monarchy had no jurisdiction to collect taxes. Their wealth lasted until 1307 when King Philip IV imprisoned the Templars and confiscated their lands. Today the beautiful Arts et Métiers Museum stands as a silent testimony of this arts & crafts past richness in Temple neighborhood. Other remarkable buildings in this area are Carreau du Temple, a covered market occupying the former site of the Knights Templar’s medieval enclosure and Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest covered market in Paris, built in 1628.

Finally, the 3rd arrondissement of Paris is the home of the Wenzhou Chinese community which was the first Chinese community (there are 3 Chinatown in Paris!) to arrive in Paris as recruited laborers during WWI. This community is settled in the streets around colorful Rue au Mairie, a picturesque area which deserves some exploration.



Picasso Museum - Paris 3

No surprises here: you can find all these Paris Monuments and Paris points of interest on all the guidebooks about Paris so no post talking about the third arrondissement would be complete without the top tourist attractions in Paris. If this is your first trip to Paris you will like to visit some of them, they are very touristy but beautiful!

Archives Nationales Museum

Picasso Museum

Musée Carnavalet

Musée Cognacq-Jay

Arts et Métiers Museum

Musée d’Histoire et d’Art du Judaïsme  



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Some of them are part of famous places in Paris. Some of them are Paris best-kept secrets. This is our personal list of unusual things to see in Paris 5th Arrondissement to enjoy Paris Like a Local.

Nicolas Flamel house – built in the XVth century, this is the oldest house in Paris (51 Rue de Montmorency)

The Defender of Time – a giant (and eternally damaged) mechanical work of art in the form of a clock at Quartier de l’Horloge

The tallest caryatid in Paris – an intriguing 3 floors high sculpture at 57 rue Turbigo

Charming Passage de l’Ancre – a hidden gem only a few locals know!

Quirky Avion #3 at Musée des Arts et Métiers –  this “flying machine” (1897) resisted few seconds in the air during its inauguration flight before crashing down!

Musée Lapidaire at Square Georges Caïn – salvaged sections of the old Tuileries Palace (destroyed by a big fire) and other stone curiosities

The Statue of Liberty’s original molding (one of the 3 Statue of Liberty in Paris)  at Arts et Métiers Museum



Paris 3 Like a Local

On our Paris Arrondissement Guides we like to encourage people to beat the crowds and explore Paris beyond its main sights. If you want to walk around le Marais to soak up the atmosphere, we recommend to go on weekdays: le Marais on Saturday is very crowded! We like to go to Paris 3 from time to time because there are always interesting photography exhibitions proposed by the district’s countless art galleries. But of course, there are many other interesting things to do in Paris 3rd arrondissement. Here is our list of best things to do in the third arrondissement if you want to know le Marais like a local.

Early morning tai-chi session – join the local Chinese community at Square du Temple

Get lost at Marais and admire its beautiful architecture – we especially love the hideous masks over the main doors

Book + some sun rays in one of the hôtels’ secluded gardens – our favorites are at Hôtel Cognac-Jay and Hôtel Soubise

Coffee + friends + people watching – enjoy Marais’ extraordinary cafe culture

Musée de la Poupée – a nice travel back in time to your childhood

Visit the Grands Dépôts at Musée des Archives Nationales – this is France’s most precious treasure!

Listen to the Afghan crickets’ singing at Arts et Metiers metro station – the metro’s temperature (27° to 34° at rush hour) is perfect for these clandestine crickets coming from Afghanistan

Give in and buy your favorite comic book at “Les Super Héros” – 175 Rue Saint-Martin

Thursday= vernissage night = free champagne! – in the endless number of art & photography galleries in the area



Le Marché des Enfants Rouges (39 Rue de Bretagne) is very popular, with interesting proposals at a reasonable price.

Asian food lovers will have a blast at Rue au Mairie and surrounding streets. Real Chinese Restaurants (also some Vietnamese Restaurants) which are always full.

Check our proposals (by Paris arrondissements) on Yummy Paris. Affordable restaurants in Paris 3 but also Paris bistros or Paris street food. This is a living page which we are continuously “feeding” with our Parisian friends’ suggestions. Come back to Yummy Paris from time to time to read the newest additions.



On “Where to Stay in Paris” section we like to propose our top options in each price bracket (budget hotels in Paris, mid-range hotels in Paris and luxury hotels in Paris) for a specific district of Paris. However, hotels in 3rd arrondissement Paris tend to be more expensive than in other areas and it is really difficult to find quality budget hotels (-100€ /night) in this district of Paris. For this reason, we preferred to give you two Mid Range Hotels instead. These are our best hotels in Marais Paris 3, hope you will like them! You can also click on the following link to check all the hotel options for Paris 3

NB: The same hotel may be in two different price brackets depending on the kind of room you choose.

luxury hotels in paris 3rd arrondissement


A luxury hotel & spa located at Place des Vosges in the Marais, Rooms are individually decorated and very spacious. Facilities include a spa, fitness center and hammam. Its beautiful secluded garden is perfect to end your day with a drink.

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best hotels in Paris 3rd Arrondissement


Located at the heart of Marais and entirely designed by Christian Lacroix, it is impossible to have a better combination history + design. Guests can use complimentary bicycles and enjoy free access to the spa at Hotel Pavillon de la Reine, a 10-min walk away.

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best hotels in Paris 3rd Arrondissement


A great little hotel with a lovely (and eclectic) decoration and unique ambiance. Very good location (close to Musée des Arts et Métiers). Nice staff, delicious breakfast and a cool vibe in the common areas.

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Hotels are still the most popular option to rest your head at the end of the day but if you dream of living the Paris lifestyle, then an apartment is the best way to get a feel for the local atmosphere. We are talking about enjoying your Parisian holiday in the comfort of your own Paris furnished apartment, regardless of the length of your stay.

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  • Sandy N Vyjay
    06/10/2017 at 4:37 pm

    Paris 3 captures the essence and spirit of Paris and is so enchanting. When we were in Paris, we did not have time to look beyond the Eiffel Towers and Louvres of Paris. Hope to get there someday to explore Paris like a local and really soak in the spirit of Paris.

    • WorldInParis
      06/19/2017 at 12:20 pm

      So still many things to explore in Paris for you. And this is good because Paris is always a good idea 😉

  • Eli Ivanova
    05/30/2017 at 1:59 pm

    I have been 2 times in Paris till now. During my last visit several years ago, I thought I noticed The Statue of Liberty’s while I was traveling by train from Paris to Versailles.

    • WorldInParis
      05/30/2017 at 7:43 pm

      Eli, there are many Statues of Liberty in Paris. I am talking about the ones located at Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris 3. I think the one you saw is located on a small island on the Seine 😉

      • Eli Ivanova
        05/31/2017 at 10:31 am

        Thanks for the answer. The one I saw was on the Seine. I didn’t know that there were a lot of Statues 🙂

  • carla abanes
    05/24/2017 at 12:05 am

    Really love love love Paris! I would love to go back anytime soon! Thanks for sharing this list, I would love to check them out when I go back. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Stacey Billingsley
    05/23/2017 at 7:35 pm

    These pictures are so beautiful! I love the architecture in this area. Maybe someday I will go.S

    • WorldInParis
      06/10/2017 at 4:20 pm

      I hope so! Paris is very beautiful 🙂

  • Shruti Prabhu
    05/23/2017 at 5:54 pm

    Lovely! Paris is such a dream destination. This post really simplifies things. As an artist, I would surely love to visit the art galleries and historic monuments in Paris. A visit to those cafes wouldn’t hurt either.

    • WorldInParis
      06/05/2017 at 4:03 pm

      You can add a well deserved cafe break between gallery and gallery 🙂

  • Corinne
    05/22/2017 at 4:39 pm

    I love this series Elisa. I’m bookmarking for the next time I go to Paris, and meantime my daughter is heading there in a few weeks, so I’ve forwarded the urls to her. Thanks so much.

    • WorldInParis
      06/20/2017 at 9:58 am

      You are welcome Corinne. Hope you will discover some new sights through our mini guides 🙂

  • Tamara Elliott
    05/22/2017 at 3:21 pm

    Wow, reading through your list it looks like I somehow skipped all of the third district when I was there! Darn- just means I’ll have to go back and check all these spots out 😉

    • WorldInParis
      06/10/2017 at 4:19 pm

      Oh, no! Well, Paris is always a good idea and the fourth district is coming soon 😉

  • Josh Skipworth
    05/22/2017 at 3:06 pm

    Wonderful! We spent Christmas in Paris and are saddened every day that we aren’t French citizens with a cute tiny apartment in Paris.

    • WorldInParis
      06/20/2017 at 10:14 am

      Josh you won’t be to sad when you knew that cute apartments in Paris are veeeery small 🙂

  • Vicki Louise
    05/22/2017 at 1:59 pm

    I love how much there is to see and do in each of Paris’ districts. And you can see from everything in the area, and it’s location, why prices may be higher there than other areas. I think I’d enjoy exploring the area, but would probably opt to stay in another district!

    • WorldInParis
      08/04/2017 at 3:04 pm

      Probably you are right. I also enjoy visiting these more historical districts but when it comes for accommodation I would choose the districts in the north. In the end all the districts are well connected to the city centre thanks to the metro

  • Castaway with Crystal
    05/22/2017 at 12:56 pm

    Bookmarking this for my trip to Paris. It looks amazing and I love your tips!

    • WorldInParis
      06/20/2017 at 10:14 am

      Thanks for your nice comment, Crystal! 🙂

  • Arimo | Arimo travels
    05/22/2017 at 12:05 pm

    I love your posts of different regions of Paris! When I get there next year, I’ll definitely look my accommodations surroundings from your blog to see what’s nearby 😉

  • Samantha
    05/22/2017 at 5:17 am

    Great breakdown of what to do in Paris! When I finally go there, I’m going to be referring to this post + your other posts when I’m ready to start planning!

  • Angelique
    05/22/2017 at 3:18 am

    Ah, Paris! It’s been way too long since I’ve visited this beautiful city. Great post, thanks for sharing!

  • Marlo
    05/21/2017 at 9:46 pm

    I adore Paris! Next time I’ll have to take this post with me 😉

    • WorldInParis
      05/21/2017 at 11:07 pm

      Only this post? :-O Take the whole blog! 😉

  • Adelina
    05/21/2017 at 4:48 pm

    What a great comprehensive post. Paris is such a huge city so it’s really nice to break it down by area. I loved the Picasso museum here. One of my favourites.

  • Brianna
    05/21/2017 at 2:36 pm

    I like your idea to write guides for Paris based on each district. It looks like Paris 3 is a ritzy place to visit, with all those fancy houses! Do you think it can be experienced in just one day, or would you recommend more?

  • s
    05/21/2017 at 2:06 pm

    This is indeed a great post. I have been to Paris in 2014 and enjoyed it a lot. I think there are many things which is in your post that I missed it. Maybe next time I will take care of this if got a chance to visit it again. Thanks for sharing this wonderful and informative post 🙂

    • WorldInParis
      08/10/2017 at 9:20 am

      You are welcome! There is a lot to see in Paris so unless you live here you cannot see it all

  • Bethanny Sudibyo
    05/20/2017 at 11:20 pm

    This is a really complete post! I hope I can find my way to Paris one day and actually visit all these places. I haven’t found myself in Europe yet, but one day for sure!

    • WorldInParis
      05/21/2017 at 1:27 pm

      If this is your dream, keep on trying and you will make it 🙂

  • Juergen | dare2go
    05/20/2017 at 10:04 pm

    What a comprehensive, but very well sorted list! If you want to see only half of it you will need to spend a week only in and around the 3rd arrondissement. It will leave just enough time to tick of a few of Paris’ other main sights.

    • WorldInParis
      05/21/2017 at 1:28 pm

      Lol. Juergen MAYBE you are right. But how cool is it that there is so much to see and do in just one district? That’s why people never get tired of Paris!

  • Anne
    05/20/2017 at 8:21 pm

    I lived in France for a while so visited Paris regularly. I have very fond memories of a weekend there with my mother not so long before she died.

  • Penny Sadler
    05/20/2017 at 3:23 pm

    I like the way you’ve broken this down into easy to read and understand pieces. Paris,,,, one day…

    • WorldInParis
      05/20/2017 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you! 🙂