We were privileged enough to have a friends apartment in the heart of the Marais for a week and while we hit all the must see spots for tourists in the city - our favourite neighbourhood was the Marais. Simply walking the ancient streets, exploring cafes and the numerous parks and people watching was a delight. The parks are oases, beautifully maintained and each one unique...many of the locals take their sandwich and flask of coffee (I think it was coffee!) and delight in their surroundings...many of the parks have free WiFi. For a different type of eating experience visit the Marche des Enfants Rouges where under tented canopies various food stalls offer their fresh wares - there is seating too. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy these streets and if you can avoid weekends...but not at the cost of avoiding the Marais!
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