The 3rd district, in the heart of Paris, is a must! From buildings by Haussman to gardens, walks, and museums, the area always surprises.
The TOP 8 activities to do in the 3rd district
A walk in the Marais: This walk, less than 3km long, takes you from the Seine to the National Archives Museum. As you walk, admire the results of Henry IV’s refinement of the Place des Vosges. He instructed Haussman to design the new buildings, which were
inaugurated in 1612.
The National Archives Garden: The Soubise hotel is probably one of the most charming properties in Paris. Its grounds are a wonderful space created when the gardens of four different manor houses were combined. A real haven of peace.
The Carnavalet Museum: Full of historical heritage and the oldest museum in Paris. It tells the story of the world from a prehistoric canoe (4600 BC) to the La Samaritaine Pasquier clock. It tells you about the history of Paris since the 17th century.
“The Café des Chats”: If you are fond of coffee and cats take a break here. There’s no cuter or more relaxing way to escape the bustle of Parisian life. Linked to animal protection associations, this café is home to gentle cats, which shows a more unusual side to Paris.
The Museum of Arts and Crafts: 17th and 18th century wonders are exhibited here. It presents the greatest scientific and technological inventions of those centuries.
The Anne Frank Garden: If it sometimes feels that the 3rd district lacks green spaces, then this memorial garden provides a corner of tranquility. When you walk in its 4,000 m² of greenery you can admire a particularly special chestnut tree. It was grafted from a tree that Anne Frank mentioned in her diaries and would have seen every day. There is also an orchard where children can play.
The Cognac-Jay Museum: This elegant museum is a pleasure to visit for brandy connoisseurs with its 18th-century collections housed in a beautiful XVI-century mansion.
“Chez Jenny”: What would a neighborhood visit be without dinner? One of the finest Parisian terraces waits to welcome you. At “Chez Jenny”, you can see wonderful Alsatian marquetry work designed by Charles Spindler (1865-1938).
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