Like the 3e, the 4th arrondissement is part of the old Parisian neighborhood of Le Marais. The southern half of Le Marais, the 4e is a lively district full of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as a number of historic landmarks: Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris, where Victor Hugo lived; Île de la Cité, which was the medieval city centre of Paris and is today a tourist haven; Notre Dame de Paris, the world-famous Gothic cathedral located on the Île de la Cité; and the Hôtel de Ville, the Renaissance-era administrative hall.
And there's the Centre Georges Pompidou, the striking postmodernist cultural complex that houses the public library and the Musée National d'Art Moderne. While seemingly out of place in its quaint surroundings, the massive steel-and-glass structure is a sight to behold when lit up at night. Inside, there is a huge collection of exciting artworks. Place Georges Pompidou, the large open square in front of the Centre, is often populated by street performers, artists and musicians.
The 4th arrondissement has a reputation for being the gay district of Paris. It also has a considerable Jewish presence. The Parisian Jewish community has settled on the rue des Rosiers for around six hundred years. The street is not only home to synagogues, though: Some of the trendiest fashion boutiques can now be found here too.
While 4e is a neighborhood of immense charm, it is also rather bustling. The streets are narrow and labyrinthine and can be congested with traffic and tourists, especially on Île de la Cité, which besides its tourist attractions is also home to Palais de Justice, the Hôtel Dieu hospital, and the police headquarters.