Long the hub for Paris’s LGBT community and a popular student area, the Marais is these days also a popular choice for trendy young professionals. There are some great apartments here, some with exposed beams, and the neighbourhood teams with hip shops, bars, clubs and restaurants. The Centre Pompidou, on the western edge of the Marais, is one of the best museums of modern and contemporary art in the world. Meanwhile, the northern section of the neighbourhood (in the 3rd arrondissement) has fewer tourists, but some excellent gourmet food shops and restaurants, as well as art galleries and designer boutiques.
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