The word marais means “swamp” in French. The area is named for the swampy land that made up the neighborhood. Once built up, Le Marais became the favorite stomping grounds of many French kings before losing its aristocratic airs during the French Revolution. Over the last few decades, Le Marais has evolved from a popular, working-class neighborhood into one of the chicest and most coveted districts in the entire city.
Why would anyone want to leave Paris? The City of Lights has so much to offer – you can spend years exploring the sidewalk cafes, world-class museums, stylish boutiques and French cuisine that make Paris so enticing. However, only a short drive or train ride away are numerous towns and regions that provide a new layer of insight into French culture. The best way to access these places is by taking some Paris day trips. Here are five of our favorites.
Falafel is the most popular street food in Paris. Most well-known for Israeli-style falafel sandwiches, competitors vie fiercely with another in the Marais. The Jewish Quarter of Paris, Le Marais is where more than a hundred thousand European Jews settled after WWII. As a result, this is where the culinary traditions of the Jewish community continue to thrive. So, what are you waiting for? We’ve compiled a list of some of the tastiest falafel in the city for you to try. And the best part? All of them are under eight euros!