Sights & Sounds of Paris
Le Marais The Marais is one of Paris' main localities for art galleries, museums and buildings of historic and architectural importance. The neighbourhood include the Musée Picasso, the house of Nicolas Flamel, the Musée Cognacq-Jay, the Musée Carnavalet and the new and very popular Café Charlot.
Once aristocratic district of Paris, Le Marais was, by the 1950s, a working-class area with most of its architectural masterpieces in sore need of repair. Following its rehabilitation, the Marais has become a fashionable district, home to many trendy restaurants, fashion houses, and hype galleries. It is a major centre of the Paris Jewish community with many Jewish events, Jewish bookshops, and restaurants and shops selling kosher food.
The neighbourhood also has a vibrant gay community and is home to many gay cafés, nightclubs, cabarets and shops concentrated in the southwestern portion of the Marais, on or near the streets Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie and rue des Archives. The Marais is also known for its Chinese community.