The 3rd and 4th arrondissements together make up the district known as Le Marais. One of the oldest Parisian neighborhoods, Le Marais still features the narrow cobbled streets and buildings of medieval and Renaissance-era Paris. On a walk through 3e, you will discover 17th-century mansions that once housed members of the French aristocracy.
3e is the quieter northern part of Le Marais; the 4th arrondissement is more lively and has a reputation for being a gay district. The 3rd arrondissement is home to a large Chinese community, mostly found in the northernmost section of Le Marais, near the Place de la République.