Le Marais & la place des Vosges
The Marais district gets its name from its location: once a marshland ('marais'), it has been inhabited ever since it was drained back in the 12th century. This historic area is now one of the most visited districts of the French capital, for its architectural heritage as well as its unique vibe. The beautiful and well-proportioned square known as Place des Vosges is a highlight of a stroll through the Marais. The Marais has any number of trendy shops and there are of course plenty of gay-owned bars, shops and clubs in the Marais, as it is France's biggest gay district.