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There is so much to discover in Paris, it’s hard to know where to start – sometimes, you just need to take it one neighborhood at a time. In this guide, we will present to you the 4th arrondissement, made up of part of the Marais district, the Bastille, Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint Louis. This neighborhood is home to some of the most historic areas of Paris, like the old Jewish district, the Notre Dame cathedral, and plenty of great places to eat and drink along the way.


Dans le Noir ?

We’ve all been to a restaurant rather wanting in the décor department, but what about a restaurant where you can’t see anything at all? Dans le Noir ? offers a rather unique dining experience, with diners eating in complete darkness. The idea is to enhance visitors’ other senses, like taste and smell, allowing them to experience their meal in a unique way.
Located: 51 Rue Quincampoix, 75004
Metro: Rambuteau, line 11
Opening time: 7.30pm – 9.45pm, open for lunch on weekends


L’As du Fallafel

The 4th arrondissement includes the Southern half of the Marais neighborhood. The area is historically Jewish, and brimming with restaurants serving authentic falafel dishes. But don’t just go to any old one; L’As du Fallafel is the place to be. Serving the self-proclaimed ‘best falafel in the world’, you can tell from the queues outside that it’s a must-visit.
Located: 32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004
Metro: Saint-Paul, line 1
Opening time: 11am – 12am, closed Friday evenings and Saturdays



Located on Ile-Saint-Louis, Berthillon sells some of the best ice cream in Paris, as well as a great selection of patisserie. This famous establishment is something of a tourist hot-spot, but it’s worth the queue to get some delicious icecream to enjoy by the Seine.
Located: 29-31 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004
Metro: Pont Marie, line 7
Opening time: 10am – 8pm, Wednesday – Sunday

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Le Peloton Café

For lovers of speciality coffee and cycling, this cafe offers both! Grab a tasty flat white or a signature waffle before joining one of their bike tours to take in the sights of the city.
Located: 17 Rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, 75004
Metro: Saint-Paul, line 1
Opening time: 9.30am – 5.30/ 6.30pm, closed Wednesdays


La Caféotheque de Paris

One of the only cafes in Paris to roast its own beans, you’re sure to find a great cup of coffee at La Caféotheque. Located next to the Seine, this is an ideal place to stop during a busy day of sight-seeing for a coffee and a croissant, or to buy some beans to take home.
Located: 52 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville, 75004
Metro: Pont Marie, line 7
Opening time: 9am – 8pm


Maria Loca bar

The Maria Loca is a speciality cocktail bar, located next to the Place de la Bastille. The bartenders are experts in their craft; just tell them what you like and they’ll make you something tasty. The bar also hosts regular concerts and events, be sure to check their website to see what’s on.
Located: 31 Boulevard Henri IV, 75004
Metro: Bastille, line1/ line 5/ line 8
Opening time: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 2am Tuesday – Friday, limited hours Saturday and Monday, closed Sundays


La Belle Hortense

Combining two of life’s greatest pleasures, reading and drinking, La Belle Hortense offers those who visit a chance to relax with a glass of wine and a book from their personal collection. This place has become popular among the locals of the Marais neighborhood, and you’re bound to meet some characters during your visit.
Located: 31 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004
Metro: Hotel de Ville, line 1/ line 11
Opening time: 1pm – 2am

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Pompidou centre

The Pompidou Centre itself is a sight to be seen: designed by architects Piano & Rogers, the futuristic building has become one of Paris’s most iconic landmarks. Inside, there are a host of permanent and temporary art exhibitions, as well as a roof-top restaurant and public library.
Located: Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004
Metro: Rambuteau, line 11
Opening time: 11am – 9pm, closed Tuesdays


Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux

One of Paris’s many markets, the Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux, or ‘Flower and Bird Market’, is home to stalls selling plants and flowers every day of the week. On Sundays, the other half of the market opens up to reveal hundreds of birds – a sight to be seen!
Located: Allée Célestin Hennion, 75004
Metro: Cité, line 4
Opening time: 9.30am – 7pm


Notre Dame

The most visited landmark in the city, Notre Dame is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. The famous cathedral was built in the 12th century, and is home to ancient relics, stunning stained glass windows and priceless works of art, as well as being an architectural masterpiece in itself.
Located: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004
Metro: Cité, line 4
Opening time: Temporarily closed


Place des Vosges

Previously royal grounds, these days the Place des Vosges gardens provide a moment of calm amongst the city’s busy streets. Lined with impressive red brick buildings, the Place des Vosges is the oldest square in the city, and marks the border between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements.
Located: Place des Vosges, 75004
Metro: Saint-Paul, line 1
Opening time: Changes seasonally

To continue your visit, why not head West along the bank of the Seine past the Louvre, eventually ending up at the Eiffel Tower… Or go North to the Canal Saint Martin to discover more great bars, vintage stores and coffee shops. Whatever you choose, we hope this guide to the 4th arrondissement has given you some ideas for you visit.

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