Favorite Cafes and Bars in the Marais
La Guirlande de Julie
When French royalty lived in the Place de Vosges, the courtesans would linger here with drinks and treats. Experience the royal life overlooking the beautiful Place des Vosges in this elegant tea salon. For a larger meal, choose the specialty of the house pot au feu (literally "pot on fire" or beef stew). 25 Place des Vosges, 3e.
Bar du Marche des Blancs Manteux
Perpetually packed with locals this cafe serves huge portions in a friendly environment. Colorful tiles of unique teapots surround the round bar and a large terrace surrounded by plants creates a comfortable atmosphere. Cafe favorites include the beef steak or duck for 15€ and the large selection of yummy desserts. 53, Rue Vieille du Temple, 4e.
Café du Trésor
Trendy, hip, relaxing bar/restaurant on a quiet cul-de-sac. Decadent chandeliers, red velvet accents, comfortable leather chairs and warm wait staff make this an excellent place to unwind and enjoy a drink or a good meal. Don't forget to checkout their claim to fame - the goldfish living in the toilet tanks. Read more about our time at Cafe Tresor. 7 Rue du Tresor, 4e.
Cafe under the Victor Hugo Museum great for people watching on a busy corner overlooking the Place des Vosges. The inside is decorated with colorful hand blown glass lalique chandeliers in bright red, yellows and blues while the shaded outside terrace is cool in the summer months and toasty with abundant outdoor heaters in the winter. But, the best thing about Cafe Hugo is the reasonable prices in an expensive area. Have a light meal of a ham and cheese baguette (sandwich jambon) or french onion soup for under 5€. For dinner, enjoy taglitelle pasta or a sea bass filet for under 12€. Or, toast your time in Paris with a Kir Royale (champagne with cassis) for 5€. Read more about our times at Cafe Hugo. 22 Place des Vosges, 4e.
Parisian chic with a minimalist twist, Cafe Baci is a perfect stop for a romantic drink. Sink into the white leather chairs and lounges with rose and black throw pillows and share an antipasta appetizer with wine by candlelight - like lounging in your own ultra-chic Parisian living room. 36 rue de Turenne, 3e
Sipping cafe au lait in this simple cafe in the afternoon sunlight, it is hard to imagine the transformation of La Perle into one of the most hopping bars in the Marais at twilight. Patrons swamp La Perle and spill into the streets for the cheap drinks and the anything goes atmosphere. A true mixing pot of Parisian locals - hipsters, artists, academics, and blue collar workers - make La Perle feel like a neighborhood bar. 78 rue Vielle du Temple, 3e.
Au Petit Fer a Cheval
In the heart of the Marais, this bar's name means "little horseshoe" for the ancient horseshoe shaped zinc and marble bar that dominates the small interior. If you can look past the crowds, you'll notice many charming antique details such as the patterned mosaics on the floor, old clocks, and the liquor bottles hanging upside down on ancient metal racks. If you can snag a seat outside, you'll have a prime view for Marais is people-watching. 30 rue Vielle du Temple, 4e.
If you love good wine and great literature, this is the bar for you. La Belle Hortense is a combination French wine bar and bookstore. Select a French wine you've never tasted before, grab a book and retreat to the leather seats in the quiet back room for a contemplative experience. 31 rue Vielle du Temple, 4e.
Les Etages is a three story 18th century Parisian hotel where each apartment has its own decor and ambiance. A little on the grungy side, but the strong mojitos, delicious champagne cocktails and young, vibrant crowd make it worth a visit. Don't forget to climb the spiral staircase and explore the rooms upstairs. 35, rue Vielle du Temple, 4e.
The Murano Urban Resort is one of Paris's most unique hotels and a favorite of rock bands when touring in Paris. The hotel's vodka bar is a fashionable place to enjoy a sophisticated cocktail. Channel your inner rockstar, dress your best, and strut into the all white, futuristic, Austin-Poweresque hotel lobby and ask for a seat in the bar area. For such a hip place, the bar is candlelight and classy with a surprisingly helpful and friendly wait staff. Enjoy the techno soundtrack, mingle with the beautiful people and sip on a vodka cocktail in one of the most cutting-edge designed spaces in Paris. 3 boulevard du Temple, 3e
Author: Cheryl Montgomery