Best Things To Do In Paris Fourth District
As you may know, the city of Paris is divided into twenty different arrondissements, which are administrative districts. They are all different from one another for several reasons. Each district is special on its own way. If you’re coming to Paris, you will visit many of them for sure! Some are more touristy than others. Some are quieter than others! But all of them are definitely worth the visit.
Today I will be talking about Paris fourth district. This district belongs to the famous Marais neighborhood. It is one of the coolest areas of Paris. The best of fashion is found there. May you prefer classic looks or more casual ones, you will find happiness shopping in the Marais. From vintage stores to famous brands stores, you will have plenty of opportunities to renew your wardrobe and get inspired by the Parisian style. The fourth district is filled with open-minded people. Everyone is free to dress as they want and to be whoever they want to be. You will love the energy of this district! When in Paris, visiting the fourth district is definitely a must, so read on to find out the best things to do in Paris fourth district!
Visit the Eglise Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis
This church is actually not very famous, but it’s essential to the understanding of the history of Paris, but also of France at the same time. It’s a baroque church and one of the first Jesuit churches of Paris. Inside the church, you can see a commemorative plaque of all the priests who were murdered during the Revolution and many more details all equally interesting.
The outside looks of the Saint Paul Church are quite simple, but the inside details and architecture are outstanding! You will be amazed by its facade, dome and vaulted ceiling. If you visit Paris fourth district, take the time to visit this church and discover all it has to offer! You won’t be disappointed.
Enjoy the Notre Dame Cathedral from the Square Jean XXIII
Right behind the Notre Dame Cathedral, you will find the Square Jean XXII. It is a lovely garden that was named after the Pope Jean XXII. The Square Jean XXII is very sweet and charming. From it, you can admire the Notre Dame stained glasses and the architecture the apse of the cathedral. If you happen to visit the area, you should go there to make sure you enjoy all the details of the cathedral surroundings.
Visit the Crypte Archéologique
The Crypte Archéologique of the City Island is located beneath the parvis of the Notre Dame Cathedral. This place opened its doors in 1980. It presents archaeological remains dating back from Ancient times until the nineteenth century. It is a very interesting place to visit if you want to see what the heart of Paris was like a long time ago, when it was still called Lutèce. It allows us to understand the different historical periods and the changes Paris, in particular, the City Island, went through.
Have a colourful walk at Marché aux fleurs
Next on my list of the best things to do in Paris fourth district is to go to the Flowers Market. It is the perfect place to enjoy a flower scented walk in the middle of Paris. This market is two centuries old and presents a great variety of flowers and plants depending on the season. Close to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Latin Quarter and to the Place Saint Michel, it would be a shame to miss it! Take a little detour and enjoy a colourful walk through the Flowers Market. If Parisians love it, you will surely love it too!
Relax at Place des Vosges
The Marais is a very luxurious and classy neighborhood. As you walk the neighborhood, you will find the Place des Vosges. In the summer, Place des Vosges is one of my favorite Parisian gardens to have a picnic. In the winter, it is also one of the best places to have a quiet walk. It is totally surrounded by ancient buildings, protecting the garden from the noise and the crowds. Around the garden, you will find plenty of art galleries, cafés and restaurants. If you’re looking for a place to relax and enjoy a peaceful moment, Place des Vosges is the best place in the fourth district!
Have a look at the Hôtel de Ville
The construction of the Hôtel de Ville began in 1357 and was designed by the architect Etienne Marcel. Since its first construction, Hôtel de Ville is home of the municipal institution of the city of Paris. From 1357 until 1882, the palace was reconstructed multiple times. Especially after a huge fire it endured in 1871, when plenty of important documents were lost.
The inside of the building is simply stunning, but if you want to visit, you have to have the permission of the hosts. But the outsides are actually as gorgeous as the insides. Plus, the Hôtel de Ville organizes plenty of exhibitions all through the year! It’s a Parisian landmark you cannot miss. On your way to the Notre Dame Cathedral, don’t forget to take a few photos!
Have lunch at Rue des Rosiers
If the munchies start to tickle your tummy, you can go to the rue des Rosiers. It is located in the heart of the Jewish neighborhood of the Marais. There are plenty of restaurants which specialties are falafels, chickpea balls, and many more! You won’t regret trying these dishes. However, you need to be aware that there are usually very long queues. But the wait is worth it! If there are so many people waiting for their falafels, it means it is really good. The restaurant L’As du Falafel is excellent, so if you are patient and want to try some delicious falafels, you need to go there!
Admire some contemporary art at Centre Pompidou
In 1969, Georges Pompidou, who was president of France, decided to order the construction of a modern cultural institution in Paris. He loved culture and art, especially modern art! He wanted a place where arts, literature, design, cinema and music would be mixed together. We can say that the Centre Pompidou was born out of his love for arts and culture in general.
There’s no way you can miss the Centre Pompidou. The modern art museum was designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, for an architectural design competition. The two architects wanted functional structural elements, such as electrical wires and pipes, to be part of the aesthetic of the building. So, the Centre Pompidou is pretty recognizable from afar!
The Centre Pompidou cultural programme is always so interesting. From art exhibitions, concerts, to conferences, if you like to enrich yourself with new knowledge, you will be served!
Go to the Notre Dame Cathedral
The Notre Dame Cathedral is most definitely one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture and one of the most emblematic monuments of Paris. Its construction began in 1163 and it is located on the City Island (Île de la Cité). The outside details are stunning, and the inside ones are even more outstanding. The facade of the Notre Dame Cathedral share plenty of stories and the stained glasses you will get to see inside are simply breathtaking. This monument has seen centuries go by! Visiting it and getting to know it better is a must because it is so inspiring.
Start your own revolution at Place de la Bastille
One of the best things to do in Paris fourth district is also to go to Place de la Bastille. This huge square is very famous! It is where the French Revolution started in 1789. It is a very important place for Parisians and it is essential to the understanding of the Parisian mindset and culture. Anytime Parisians are unsatisfied about something, they always demonstrate. And all the demonstrations start at Place de la Bastille! So, do like Parisians, embrace your freedom and start your own revolution!
You now know some of the best things to do in Paris fourth district! There are actually so much more things to do and to discover in this district. But the best way to discover it is to roam around and explore it. On weekends, I always walk the area, go from one vintage store to the next one, stop by a café and observe the city and watch it live. It is such a lively district, full of people, full of good energies. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information about anything! See you soon in Paris!