Located on the right (north) bank of the Seine, in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements in Paris, the Marais is an historic and cosmopolitan district. Once a marshy area, this neighborhood was developed in the 12th century by the Templars, after whom many of the districts streets are named.
The district is above all a place for high fashion and the streets are brimming with good places to shop and the lanes are full of bars and restaurants. The Rue des Franc-Bourgeois in particular is one of the liveliest streets in the area. It is here that you will find the Musée Carnavalet, the museum devoted to the history of Paris from its beginnings to the modern day, together with the National Archives Museum. Further on there is the Place des Vosges, formerly a Parisian royal square, and there are also the Picasso Museum and the Arts et Metiers Museum (Crafts, Technology and Industrial Design).
Also worth seeing: the Carreau du Temple, a large covered market built in 1863, today much used for cultural events; the Marché des Enfants-Rouges, the oldest covered market in Paris (1615) – a listed building since 1982, where you can sample food from around the world.