Le Marais ("The Marsh") is a historic district in Paris, France. Long the aristocratic district of Paris, it hosts many outstanding buildings of historic and architectural importance and spreads across parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements in Paris on the right bank of the Seine.
The Marais is now one of Paris' main localities for art galleries. Following its rehabilitation, the Marais has become a fashionable district, home to many trendy restaurants, fashion houses, and hip galleries.
Once shabby, the district has been rehabilitated and now sports trendy shopping and restaurants in streets such as Rue des Francs-Bourgeois and Rue des Rosiers. Today the rue des Rosiers remains a major centre of the Paris Jewish community, which has made a comeback since the 1990s. The Marais is also known for the Chinese community it hosts in the north of the district, particularly in the surrounding of Place de la République.
Le Marais became a centre of LGBT culture, beginning in the 1980s. Le Dépôt, one of the largest cruising bars in Europe (as of 2014) is in the Le Marais area.