Rue de Bretagne paris

Rue de Bretagne in Paris

The beautiful, bustling street of rue de Bretagne in Le Marais in Paris is a must visit if you’re staying near by. Steeped in history and with plenty to visit, eat and shop at, it’s certainly worth a visit. Our guide will help you discover the best places to discover on and nearby the famous rue de Bretagne!

rue de bretagne paris

The rue de Bretagne is located in the north of the Marais which is in the city’s 3rd arrondissement. Close to the Place de la République and the Canal Saint Martin, it’s a fantastic area to walk in and to discover, as a local once told me “this is the real Paris!”.

History of Rue de Bretagne

The road rue de Bretagne means “Brittany Road” in English and was originally planned to be a large square that would be called “Place de France” by Henry IV. The place (Square) was supposed to have roads leading to it named after different provinces and this is how it ended up being named after Brittany.

rue de bretagne town hall

Interestingly in 1910 Lenin, who lived in Paris at the time, came to a building (no. 49 on the street) to attend a ‘revolutionary’ meeting.

What to see on Rue de Bretagne

There’s plenty of interesting sights to see nearby. Here’s our quick guide on what you can explore nearby.

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges

One of the oldest covered markets in Paris is on rue Bretagne. Le Marché des Enfants Rouges (meaning the market of the red children) used to be an orphanage which dated back to 1524. The market itself was created in 1615 by Louis XIII and was originally called “le petit marché du Marais” (the small market of the Marais). It’s a bustling market with a lot of stands selling, cheese, fish, meat and flowers. There’s also a lot of restaurants serving up different cuisines including Moroccan, Italian, Caribbean, modern French and gourmet burgers.

rue de bretagne le marche des enfants rouges

Square du Temple – Elie Wiesel

The Square du Temple has a beautiful English landscaped garden which will really take you away from the hustle and bustle of the busy local streets. There’s plenty of benches on the outer edges giving you a lovely view over the park. There’s also an outdoor fixed ping pong tables and a play area for kids. Opposite the park there’s also the Mairie du 3eme (the town hall for the arrondissement).

park marais

Carreau du Temple

The Carreau du Temple is an old covered market dating back to 1788. The market’s current form dates back to 1860 where the architect Jules de Mérindol was charged with constructing a new, modern market. His metal, brick and glass creation still stands today however it was completely renovated in 2011. Today it’s an event and cultural facility. It’s frequently open and is well worth a visit inside.

carreau du temple

Where to eat and drink nearby

There are plenty of amazing restaurants and cafes on and near rue de Bretagne. Here’s our top spots on where to get some refreshments nearby!


One of the first stops would be a trip the Marché des Enfants Rouges as it’s home to many great restaurants. Artisan sandwiches, organic burgers, Moroccan, Italian and modern French food are all on offer. If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, there’s the Candelaria near by on rue de Saintonge. Fan of Chinese food? Check out Mao Dumpling bar which is just off rue de Bretagne on rue de Saintonge. For those who are looking for gluten free options, there’s a great pizza restaurant, BigLove, located on rue Debelleyme.

Les enfants du marche

Cafés and Bars

On the hunt for a coffee or a glass of wine after shopping? There’s some great cafés and bars on rue de Bretagne. The famous Café Charlot is a great traditional French café to have a drink and people watch. They’re service continu which means they serve food and drinks non-stop from 8am-2am. Wanting a glass of natural wine? Le Collier de la Reine is just down from Café Charlot on rue Charlotte. Into speciality coffee? Then try out Araku which is located on the rue de Bretagne.

cafe chariot

Shops and markets

Other than the fantastic Marché des Enfants Rouges, there’s lots of other great shops on rue de Bretagne. If you’re looking for a sandwich, cake or patisserie check out Chez Manon. On the hunt for some great quality wine? Go to Nysa – they have a great selection of French wine ranging from €5-100. Want some cheese for a picnic? Try Fromagerie Jouannault – they’re a great cheese shop.

rue de bretagne boulangerie

Where to stay near Rue de Bretagne

There are many great hotels near the rue de Bretagne. Here’s a selection of our favourites.

Paris-France Hotel

The Paris-France hotel is an excellent 3* hotel located on rue Turbigo which is a 5 minute walk from rue de Bretagne. Its location makes it easy to get around the capital as you’ll be right next to the Place de la République and Temple metro stations. It’s a modern yet traditional hotel with all the modern amenities you would expect.

Sinner Paris

This luxury 5* hotel located on rue du Temple is a dream. Uniquely decorated in a modern yet retro style, each room has a different look. It’s quirky in the best possible way and each room even comes with a working turntable and vinyl selection. The hotel’s restaurant serves up modern African and South American food with a twist – expect incredible fusion food here. Outside of the restaurant there’s an incredible spa and wellness centre.

Maison Proust

Another incredible 5* hotel situated very close to the rue de Bretagne. Only a few steps from the Carreau du Temple it’s very well located to explore the Marais. The interior is breath taking and the entire hotel is decorated in tasteful belle époque style. The suites are dark and moody yet bright with beautiful diffusive lighting features illuminating the room. The restaurant serves both continental and American style breakfasts during the morning.

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