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*'''MIJE''', 6, rue de Fourcy, 12 rue des Barres, and 11 rue du Fauconnier. ''Métro: St. Paul''. +33 1 42 74 23 45. [http://www.mije.com].  Consistently given the highest possible ratings this organization actually runs three hostels in the Marais.  The only possible drawback is that they have an afternoon lockout for cleaning.  The MIJE Maubuisson on rue des Barres gets the nod of the three for being in an historic tudor-style building. Dorm-room beds start at 27€ at all three places.  Single rooms are 42€.
 
*'''MIJE''', 6, rue de Fourcy, 12 rue des Barres, and 11 rue du Fauconnier. ''Métro: St. Paul''. +33 1 42 74 23 45. [http://www.mije.com].  Consistently given the highest possible ratings this organization actually runs three hostels in the Marais.  The only possible drawback is that they have an afternoon lockout for cleaning.  The MIJE Maubuisson on rue des Barres gets the nod of the three for being in an historic tudor-style building. Dorm-room beds start at 27€ at all three places.  Single rooms are 42€.
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*'''Hotel Rivoli''', 44 rue Rivoli, ''Métro: Hotel de Ville''. +33 1 42 72 08 41. In the heart of the city with cheap doubles, starting from 30€.
 
*'''Hôspitel'''
 
*'''Hôspitel'''
 
*'''Hôtel Pratic'''
 
*'''Hôtel Pratic'''

Revision as of 14:51, 12 September 2004

The 4th is good chunk of what used to be medieval Paris, and you'll find a lot left from that time, on both islands and in the narrow streets of the lower Marais. Meanwhile there's lots that's contemporary to look at especially at the Centre Georges Pompidou where you'll find a lot of the very best of contemporary art.

Notre Dame

At night the 4th has about the most active bar scene most travellers will have ever seen, and is the center of gay Paris, although there are no shortage of bars catering to straight singles or a mixed crowd, or in the early evening even families.

Get in

Métro

  • Hôtel de Ville
  • Cité
  • St. Paul
  • Rambuteau
  • Pt. Marie
  • Sully Morland

See

  • Notre Dame cathedral, Place du Parvis Notre Dame, Métro: St. Michel. The early gothic cathedral de Notre Dame has a 12th century design but wasn't completed until the 14th. Still it is a good example of the development of the style, though the west or main portal is a bit unusual in its rigidity. If you like you can wait in the long line to ascend the bell-tower, but there is rarely a line if you just want to walk through. Remember that this is an active church, there may even be a mass going on. Meanwhile anybody who's interested in history should check out the crypt, in which you can observe the foundation stones for buildings on the island going back to roman times.
l'Hôtel de Ville
  • Hôtel de Ville, Place de la Hôtel de Ville, Métro: Hôtel de Ville. Many feel that this, Paris' city hall, is one of the loveliest buildings in town. You might not get that from the front view, but try watching the light change on its roofs and towers during sunset from one of the cafés on the Ile de St. Louis, the Lutece for instance.
  • Centre George Pompidou, Place George Pompidou, Métro Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville, or Châtelet. [1] Open every day, from 11am-10pm except Tuesdays and May 1. Those who are unfamiliar with conceptual art sometimes don't know quite what to expect, or how to approach it. Such travelers should rest assured that the curators at the Pompidou Centre have assembled a marvelous introduction consisting of mostly approachable works which delight, amuse, and entertain. The art is far from the only reason for a visit, as the building also contains a vast public library and a fine restaurant (run by the Costes brothers) on the roof. In fact the place is literally surrounded by some of the nicest sidewalk cafés in the city, in it's superb location between the car-free above ground part of Forum Les Halles and the Marais art district. €8-10.
  • Place Igor Stravinsky, Métro Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville, or Châtelet. Kids and adults will be amused for hours by the sculpture fountain in this lovely, café-lined square. Some of the pieces are by the recently late Nikki de Saint Phalle, while others are by Jean Tinguely.
  • Place des Vosges, Métro: Bastille. Named for a tax once collected here on goods passing through the port town of Vosges this square is one of the earliest attempts at urban planning. There's a lovely arcade which goes all the way around the square at street level, and which provides shade on otherwise over-hot summer days. Under the arcade you'll find cafés, art galleries, landscape painters selling their works, and street string quartets.
  • Maison de Victor Hugo
  • St. Gervais church
  • Hôtel de Sully

Do

  • Explore the Island of Staint Louis
  • Hôtels Particuliars
  • Medieval Marais

Buy

  • Camper Shoe Store
  • Art Symbol Gallery

Eat

the Lutece on the Ile de St. Louis

If you are looking for a snack or a quick lunch you could do a lot worse than any one of the kosher falafel stands along the Rue des Rosiers near Place des Vosges. If you are on the island though, a closer choice is just to hop across the little pedestrian bridge to the Ile de St. Louis for lunch at any one of the many charming cafés.

For dinner or a sit-down lunch there are over a thousand restaurants in the 4th catering to all tastes, many more of them deserve to be listed than this or any other guide has space for. You'll really enjoy walking around and checking out the menus, especially during the week when only the most exclusive places require a reservation. That said, here are some highlights.

  • l'Excuse
  • Grizzli Café
  • Le Trumilou
  • Ciao
  • La Perla
  • Caruso
  • Calle 24
  • Train de Vie
  • Chez Omar
  • Piccolo Teatro
  • Chez Marianne
  • Hammam Café

Drink

In the 4th it's really hard to say whether a given place is somewhere to Eat eat or somewhere to Drink. Most of the places on this list serve dinner, and some serve lunch as well.

  • The Auld Alliance Scottish Pub, 80 rue Francois Miron, Métro St Paul. +33 1 48 04 30 40. [2] Open 7 days a week from 11am to 2am. Friendly staff and customers help create a welcoming atmosphere at the original Scottish pub in Paris. Excellent food is served everyday including a hearty brunch. A wide selection of whisky is on offer. Sporting events are shown on the large television screens and regular darts and pool competitions take place.
  • Café Lutece
  • Café Nectarine
  • Le Lizard Lounge
  • Le Petit Fer A Cheval
  • Tresôr
  • Les Etages
  • La Chaise au Plafond
  • 7 Lézard
  • Stolly's

Sleep

Place des Vosges

Budget

  • MIJE, 6, rue de Fourcy, 12 rue des Barres, and 11 rue du Fauconnier. Métro: St. Paul. +33 1 42 74 23 45. [3]. Consistently given the highest possible ratings this organization actually runs three hostels in the Marais. The only possible drawback is that they have an afternoon lockout for cleaning. The MIJE Maubuisson on rue des Barres gets the nod of the three for being in an historic tudor-style building. Dorm-room beds start at 27€ at all three places. Single rooms are 42€.
  • Hotel Rivoli, 44 rue Rivoli, Métro: Hotel de Ville. +33 1 42 72 08 41. In the heart of the city with cheap doubles, starting from 30€.
  • Hôspitel
  • Hôtel Pratic
  • Grand Hôtel du Loiret

Mid-Range

  • Grand Hôtel Jeanne-d'Arc
  • Hôtel de Nice
  • Hôtel de la Place des Vosges
  • Hôtel du Setpième Art

Splurge

  • Hôtel de Lutece
  • Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais
  • Jardins de Paris Marais-Bastille

Contact

External links

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