Choose a hotel near Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine so you can enjoy the peace and quiet of this hidden typically Parisian little square throughout your stay. Built in 1784 by the architect Louis Caron, Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine appeals without fail to both Parisians passing through and those native to to the district. It is rare to find places that enjoy universal approval like this.
The discreet charm of Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine
Initially designed to host the Rue Saint-Antoine market, this square was built on the former Sainte-Catherine convent. Typical of Le Marais, it is now lined with terraces of restaurants and cafés which are always busy no matter the weather or the season. A bit of rain would not stop Parisians from enjoying their coffee outdoors!
This hidden square of Le Marais with its village atmosphere can be accessed via Rue Caron, perpendicular to Rue Saint-Antoine. A timeless place where everyone can enjoy a bit of calm and greenery, Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine - almost entirely pedestrianised - is lined with Chinese mulberry trees which cast a poetic shadow over the public benches.
This enchanting square could not leave anyone feeling indifferent and many film directors have chosen to shoot scenes here. Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine can be spotted in Guillaume Canet’s Little White Lies and in The Bourne Identity starring Matt Damon.
With the square being near the district’s main attractions, you can enjoy a well-deserved break before continuing to explore Le Marais.
Do you know other secret places in Le Marais?
It’s not always easy to find a place to stop for a break in Paris although many parks do exist. If you go up Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, you will reach Rue des Blancs Manteaux. At street address number 6 you will find a little family park frequented by all generations. You will see people playing table tennis, chatting on a bench, sunbathing with friends, etc.
The splendid Rosiers-Joseph Migneret Garden is also a peace haven not to be missed when taking a stroll through Le Marais. It can be accessed at 10 of Rue des Rosiers. Surrounded by three private mansions, you can make use of the 2,000m2 grassy area. A charming garden right in the city centre, ‘Les Jardiniers du 4ème’ (4th arrondissement gardeners) have created a shared garden here.
To find something to eat in an effervescent atmosphere, don’t forget to take a look around the Marché des Enfants Rouges. Tourists and residents of the district swear by this market with its mix of mouth-watering smells coming from the different stalls. Finally, in the heart of Le Marais is one of Paris’ most beautiful secret passages. Go and explore the Passage de l’Ancre. When you push open the blue door at 223 Rue Saint-Martin, you will find a delightful little paved passage lined with colourful displays. Welcome to a secret part of Paris.
Our exceptional hotel is a stone’s throw from Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine, the ideal choice if you’re looking for a nice place in typical Paris: surrounded in authentic French charm—a theatre for an unforgettable stay.