The Marais is one of the oldest and most beautiful Paris neighbourhoods. From its narrow winding streets to its wide open squares, from its crooked Medieval buildings togrand Renaissance-era residences, the Marais gives more than a glimpse intothe different ages this city has seen. Here, visitors can understand what Paris was like before the architect Haussmann remodelled and modernized large sections of the city in the mid-19th century. In the same way, the Marais also represents contemporary Paris at its most exciting: some of the city's most up-and-coming galleries, fashion houses and home decor boutiques can be found here. This district is the perfect blend of several different communities, including the Parisian gay scene and traditional Jewish quarter. There isalso a large presence of arty types who crowd cafe terraces and bustling bars, making the Marais one of Paris' most eclectic and fascinating spots to people watch. The famous and picturesque Place des Vosges,was established in the early seventeenth century and is located just around the corner from this vibrant district. A little further down the street from your apartment you will find the heart of the Marais, which will delight visitors with its various designer shops, fine food halls and of course countless typically French bistros and cafés.