Best things to do in Paris third 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 in 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 writing about Paris third district! Paris third district belongs to the Marais neighborhood, it is known as the Haut-Marais, which is the Northern Marais. The Marais used to be an old marshy zone. But since the twelfth century, some religious orders and members of the Parisian aristocracy established there. Nonetheless, after the French Revolution, wealthy landowners were chased and plenty of craftsmen and workers occupied the mansions of the Marais and built workshops in inner courtyards.

The Northern part of the Marais is a very interesting place for lots of reasons. Thanks to its close location to the Centre Pompidou and to the opening of the Picasso Museum in 1985, Paris third district is full of museums, art galleries, “hôtel particuliers”, that provide an awesome walk in the city of Paris. Read on to find out the best things to do in Paris third district!

Learn about the History of Paris at Musée Carnavalet


First on my list of the best things to do in Paris third district is to visit the Musée Carnavalet. If you love Paris and want to know more about it, this museum is a must. The Musée Carnavalet is dedicated to the history and origins of the city of Paris. It traces back the whole evolution and construction of Paris. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, objects, and many more items are available for us to see. Art is the best witness of History, and the museum carefully gathered many precious treasures to show the Paris of yesterday and how it grew.

The Musée Carnavalet is located at 23 rue de Sévigné, nonetheless it is currently closed for renovations. The reopening will happen in 2019. But I still had to tell you about the museum in case you plan on coming to Paris in the next few years.

Discover some great inventions at Musée national des Arts et Métiers

Arts et Metiers

As you walk through Paris third district, you will quickly come to see that many streets have been named after great scientists. That is the reason why going to the Musée national des Arts et Métiers is also one of the best things to do in Paris third district. The museum collects all the best works related to scientific knowledge and technological progress. Sciences, construction, communication, energy, mechanics, transports are some of the themes the museums explores and presents to us.

The Musée national des Arts et Métiers is probably one of the oldest industrial and technical museums. The museum is definitely worth it, be it for its contents or for its incredible building, a former priory. It is located at 60 rue Réaumur and it is open every day but on Mondays.

Buy fresh products at Marché des Enfants-Rouges


Next on my list of best things to do in Paris third district is the Marché des Enfants-Rouges. It is the oldest covered market in Paris. It is a great place, that exists since 1628, where you can buy fresh quality products, but also stunning flowers. There are also plenty of small restaurants in the narrow alleys that serve delicious dishes! Located at 39 rue de Bretagne, it is open everyday except on Mondays.

Have a tea at Café des Chats

Cafe des Chats

To have a cup of tea or of coffee in the Café des Chats is also one of the best things to do in Paris third district. This cute little place is filled with sweet cats. It is located at 9 rue Sedaine, where you can enjoy the company of cats while drinking tea or a hot chocolate. You can also have delicious light dishes, they even have vegetarian ones! You only have to respect your hosts and give them plenty of love.

Shop at Rue Vieille du Temple


Rue Vieille du Temple is one of the most famous streets of the Marais neighborhood. It is where most Parisians shop! The Kooples, Maje, Cheap Monday, IRO are some of the fashion stores of Rue Vieille du Temple. If you love fashion and want to dress like a Parisian, you have to shop on this street. All these brands go by one principle: keep it simple, keep it classy. All fashionistas shop for their best outfits on this street. So, if you want to upgrade your wardrobe, want some original items and have some money to spend, rue Vieille du Temple is perfect for you!

Admire the works of the most famous Spanish artist at Musée Picasso


It is now one of the most modern and comfortable museum of Paris. The Picasso Museum also has the best paintings of the most famous of the Spanish great artist. You should know that for all the museums in Paris, skip-the-line tickets can be pretty useful. I advise you to get one if you decide to visit the Picasso Museum. It is located in the heart of the Marais, at 5 rue de Thorigny.

Find out more about Jewish culture at Musée d’art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme


Located at 71 rue du Temple, the Musée d’art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme is open everyday but on Mondays. If you’re curious, love museums and have always wanted to learn more about the Jewish culture and History, this museum is the best thing to do in Paris third district on a calm afternoon. The building is an old “hôtel particulier” and its inner courtyard are full of Parisian charm.

You now know some of the best things to do in Paris third district! In this district, there are plenty of museums and art galleries. If you’re an art lover and have a thirst for knowledge, you should have long walks through the Marais and explore the area. Enjoy the third district and everything it has to offer. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information about anything! See you soon in Paris!

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