The 5 Best Activities In The Marais – Walking, Eating, Biking

Ask any visitor to name their favorite neighborhood in Paris and they're likely to say the Marais. It's the oldest intact quartier in the city, filled with medieval buildings and narrow streets. Its charm is contagious, which is why that today it's also one of the trendiest places in Paris.

For the first-time visitor (or those who haven't been here in a while) we always suggest starting your stay with one or two guided activities to get to know the Marais and to see a lot in a short time. Our top picks include two of the most popular food tours, two historic walking tours, and a bike ride that takes in the Marais and the Latin Quarter, for a double dose of historic goodness.

The Food & Wine of the Marais

The Food & Wine of the Marais

This walking tour through historic Marais is one of the most popular food tours in Paris, and for good reason. Starting at the oldest food market in Paris, you spend three-and-a-half hours going deep into the culinary culture of this quartier. You get to visit (and sample at) a fromagerie, charcuterie, boulangerie, and other specialized food shops.

Knowledgeable and friendly guides enhance the experience while the small group size ensures that everyone receives personal attention.

line

quotation

This was an amazing experience! Our best tour in France, with the best guide; some of the best food we had on this vacation was during this tour! Very highly recommend."
– 5-Star Review

Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cheese Cellar

Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cheese Cellar

Close behind in popularity in the Marais is this cheese-specific food activity held in a cheese-aging cellar. You are introduced to seven varieties of cheese; as you sample them you also learn how to match them with the perfect wines. There's something special about being in the climate-controlled cellars where the cheeses undergo their final aging while you learn the history, traditions, and techniques of French cheese production.

The small size of the group makes it seem like a private tour, and ensures you get plenty of samples to eat and drink!

line

quotation

Our tour guide was wonderful! …We have been to Paris 8 times and had other cheese tours but there is something special about being in a cheese cellar that added to the experience. The shop was excellent along with the cheeses!! We learned so much!!"
– 5-Star Review

Discover the Secrets of the Marais

Secrets of the Marais

There's a lot to like about the Marais, and a lot to explore. This 3-hour walking tour takes you into the courtyards and gardens of some of the grand private mansions, once the home of the French aristocracy. You'll learn the history the Marais, including the French Revolution. Visit the historic Hotel de Ville, the Jewish quarter and its famed food shops, the home of Victor Hugo, and Place des Vosges, the world's first public square. (It's actually a square.)

Since the Marais is also a great shopping destination, you'll learn how to find the best of the boutiques, and where to shop for food. This is another small-group tour that gives you personal attention. This walking tour is nicely priced, with a generous cancellation policy. A private tour is also available.

Sunday Walking Tour of the Marais

Walking Tour of the Marais

We also like this shorter walking tour through the Marais that covers some of the same ground as the previous walking tour. It's available on Sundays (a day when it's harder to find activities) and also Thursdays in the warm months. Visitor reviews have been very positive.

line

quotation

Excellent. Highly recommend. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable about the history of the area and was highly engaging."
– 5-Star Review

The Marais & Latin Quarter Bike Tour

The Marais & Latin Quarter Bike Tour

Other than walking, the best way to see Paris is from two wheels. This bike tour (created by a Parisian-born guide) takes you through the best parts of two of the most-loved neighborhoods in Paris — the Marais and the Latin Quarter. The operators call this activity the "Hidden Paris Secrets Bike Tour" and it lives up to the name, concentrating on the hidden charms of these quartiers that are so loved by locals.

You get to see some of the last vestiges of Roman Paris, the best street art, the church that inspired the Da Vinci Code, parts of the ancient city walls of Paris, and much more. In 4 hours on 2 wheels you can see a lot of Paris, and this bike tour delivers.

line

quotation

I loved seeing Paris this way! This bike tour was so much fun! Our guide was easy to follow, spoke perfect English, and showed us some great hidden treasures. This tour was a great adventure! I'm 70 years old and was able to do this tour, so don't let age get in your way!"
– 5-Star Review

Five Free Paris Planning Guides

Get Our Paris Planning Guides.
A Gift from Us to You.
Bon Voyage !