Paris 3rd district is located on the right bank of the River Seine, and includes a part of the medieval district of Le Marais that it shares with the 4th arrondissement. It is made up of four areas:
Arts et Métiers
In terms of the buildings, 87% of them were built before 1915, whereas for the city as a whole, more than half were built after this date.
The third arrondissement is the result of an extension during the 13th and the 14th centuries. Its rich history led to architectural diversity, with a mixture of the old and more recent monuments which illustrate the dynamism of the arrondissement. Its configuration was not too affected by Haussmann’s 19th century renovation of Paris, andas a consequence, the area has conserved the characteristics of old Paris.
The third arrondissement is home to numerous museums and a part of the Marais.
The Marais (which means marsh) is a district shared between the 3rd and the 4th arrondissements. Most of the area was built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Two thousand years ago, it was a very wet and unstable marshland, hence its name today. It has now become one of the most fashionable districts, with many shops, restaurants, bars and hotels, as well as being home to important museums and monuments, such as Victor Hugo’s house.
(Main metro stations: Saint-Paul ; Hôtel de ville)
Located in the Marais district, the Carnavalet museum illustrates the history of Paris, from the prehistoric period to the present through paintings, models, pictures, furniture, etc.
(Metro station: Saint Paul or Chemin Vert)
Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers
The Museum of Arts et Métiers was founded in 1794. It hosts an important education and research establishment, as well as a rich collection of machines, models and drawings used during the 19th and 20th centuries.
(Metro station: Arts et Métiers or Réaumur-Sébastopol)
Located in the Marais, the Picasso Museum is an art gallery dedicated to the work of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.
(Metro station: Chemin Vert)
Les Archives Nationales
These buildings hold most of the country’s national archives. as well as a French History Museum.
(Metro station: Rambuteau)
The 3rd arrondissement is home to 34,250 people, which represents 1.6% of the Parisian population.
Restaurants and cafes
Auberge Nicolas Flamel, 51 rue de Montmorency, 75003 PARIS, Tel : 01 42 71 77 78, €30-€60
Des gars dans la cuisine, 72 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 PARIS, Tel: 01 42 74 88 26, €15-€30
La Petite Casquette, 26 rue Beaubourg, 75003 PARIS, Tel : 01 40 27 08 31, €15-€30
Average price per square meter in the 3rd arrondissement
€10,230/sqm (Ref. Notaires de Paris)
Tourism office in Paris:
Travel from the UK
By air: Easyjet flies from Belfast, Liverpool Newcastle and London Luton to Paris.
Ryanair flies from Shannon, Dublin and Glasgow to Paris.
By rail: Eurostar go from London to Paris in just 2h35.
By car: You can travel by car to Paris by taking the ferries which go from Dover to Calais and then you can take the Motorway to Paris.
You can also cross the channel with the Eurostar and stop at Calais. Then you will travel on the motorway directly to Paris.
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