3rd Arrondissement
3rd Arrondissement
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Situated on the right bank of the River Seine, the 3rd is the smallest in area after the 2nd arrondissement. The arrondissement contains the northern, quieter part of the medieval district of Le Marais (while the 4th arrondissement contains Le Marais' more lively southern part, notably including the gay district of Paris). The oldest surviving private house of Paris, built in 1407, is to be found in the 3rd arrondissement, along the rue de Montmorency.
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Lambretta101
Gourock, UK3,784 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
3rd can be walked too without to much effort. Not a particularly large area but what you’ll find in this petite arrondissement is a distinct lack of tourist. Street art seems to be on every spare wall of the tightly packed buildings as if to some homage to Banksy. The feel is so chilled and laid back you almost end up horizontally meandering the alley ways. There’s a distinct lack of cars here which again is a pleasant addition. A sprinkling of cafes and eateries complement the boutique shops. And, typically Paris, green oasis in the shape of little squares / gardens appear. A lovely part of Paris to spend a morning. No great tourist attractions here just a great vibe.
Written December 12, 2018
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Mario1BE
Pisa, Italy9,016 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
The 3rd arrondissement of Paris, situated on the right bank of the River Seine, is the smallest in area after the 2nd arrondissement. The arrondissement contains the northern, quieter part of the medieval district of Le Marais.
The oldest surviving private house of Paris, built in 1407, is to be found in the 3rd arrondissement, along the rue of Montgomery.

A small but slowly expanding Chinatown inhabited by immigrants from Wenzhou centers on the rue au Maire, near the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers housed in the medieval priory of Saint-Martin-des-Champs.
Written September 26, 2016
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Anything closer, in this arrondissement and you're a hipster. Its not hard to love the 3rd.... its intricate network of narrow streets , its medieval and Renaissance -era architecture, but above all its intimate feel. its easy to mooch around discovering new cafes and shopping bolt-hols.
Other areas are grander and more dignified but this is the fun part of Paris, wildly colourful and full of character. Much of its engaging personality comes from its tiny, winding caharacter-filled streets. Thankfully Haussman left this area intact, perfect for intense exploration and perfect as a backdrop for the intriguing shops, hotels, galleries and cafes scattered throughout this absorbing enclave.
Taking shopping pleasures are the provinces of Paris, so hop over to Galerie Vivienne, Colbert, Passage du Grand Cerf, through to passage lemoinne, Jouffrey and further to the Passage du Ponceau. Once you have finished wandering the covered arcades, head to Rue Montmatre for furnishings' heaven.
Skip to the grand,opulent, over- so- slightly-over-the-top Palais garnier and Paris Opera which shouts excess from every corner of its lavish staircase and stage. Nearby is a great place for retail-seriousness at the two grand magasins, Galerie La-fayette and Printemps for superior shopping and grand interiors with lovely rooftop for unbelievable views and great food.
Finish off with my favourite part of the area, the Romantic Museum, a place that captures the artistic, literary and musical life of the Romantic Period.
Happy strolling
Written December 26, 2014
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DisappointedDiner2
FB, California167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
The 3rd Arrondissement is a lovely part of Paris, very near the Seine river. The Ponte Alexandre III is just at the end of the street. Stayed at the Hotel de Nesle, and loved the whole experience.
Written May 16, 2019
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rayrest
Fenton, UK7,483 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Located in the Marais area is the 3rd Arrondissement and is one of the smallest districts in Paris. This district is fairly quiet and has a certain charm and is home to Paris's oldest surviving house, built in 1407.
Written April 26, 2018
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dotters
Atlanta, GA856 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
We stayed in a lovely apartment on Saint Martin. It was really centrally located to anywhere we wanted to go (and we only used the Metro twice). The area has a great deal of history (I will review the wonderful Musee) mixed with modern buildings.

There were times when I thought some areas weren't the nicest, but there were always a great deal of people around. In a few years, we think the seedy sections will be renovated.

We spent a lot of time in the Marais section (my grandmere lived there as a child) and found terrific places to eat. There is a special charm to this area. (And, in fact, it is becoming the 'chic' place to live and work.)

There are a lot of things to do and places to see in this area!
Written November 26, 2015
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,819 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
One of 14 arrondissements on the Right Bank, the 3rd is bounded by Blvd. de Sebastopol on the west; Blvd. du Temple, Blvd. des Filles du Calvaire and Blvd. Beaumarchais on the east; Rue Rambuteau and Rue des Francs Bourgeois on the south; and Blvd. St-Martin on the north.

Part of the gentrified and trendy Marais neighborhood, the 3rd features narrow streets and Medieval and Renaissance architectural styles. It is my favorite arrondissement to just wander through. Nice shops, good restaurants and lively bars abound. My vote for best Paris crepes restaurant goes to Breizh Cafe, which is located here at 111 rue Veille du Temple.

Of the many museums in the 3rd, I especially like the Picasso Museum, recently opened after a 5-year renovation, and the free Musee Carnavalet, dedicated to the history of Paris. I especially recommend the Carnavalet to any Art Nouveau enthusiast. That's because of the jeweler Georges Fouquet shop that is displayed here. Designed in 1901 by Alphonse Mucha, it is absolutely stunning.
Written April 10, 2015
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RoslynJS
Sydney, Australia394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
Pleasantly surprised when stayed in this district in Spring last year. Not our first visit to Paris, but our longest at 10 days. Our apartment was a delightful 20 min walk to the Seine and attractions of Ile de la Cité, strolling down Rue du Temple or Rue des Archives passing through old Paris and historic le Marais. As well, we easily walked to up Montmartre, & from Gare du Nord. Several Métro lines available to go further eg. to le Tour Eiffel. However, the area itself holds many delights: including the excellent Musée des Arts et Métiers (allow more than ½ day!), Musée Picasso, daffodils & ducklings in Temple Square. Great cafés & restaurants abound. Recommended arrondissement!
Written June 24, 2014
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,066 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We stayed in this district on our most recent visit and loved this area, but we have always loved it for the history and gorgeous buildings but especially for the nightlife and the young people on the street. Central to many objectives.
Written October 18, 2019
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ChrisDorgan
Cork, Ireland13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014
Restaurant Nicholas Flamel was a particular treat but a sheer joy for just exploring at a leisurely pace and accessing the usual spots. Excellent cafes and walking Distance to City Hall (Hotel De Ville) and Centre George Pompidou. Travelling as a family of 5 - children were 10 ,7 and 6 at the time.
Written November 16, 2015
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