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The Enfants Rouges neighbourhood is the 10th administrative district in the 3rd arrondissement. Located in northeast of the latter, it is surrounded by the 11th arrondissement, the Archives neighbourhood and the Arts-et-Métiers neighbourhood.
Concerning its western boundary, Rue du Temple connects it to the Arts-et-Métiers neighbourhood. Place de la République is located at the neighbourhood’s northern forefront. To identify the eastern boundary (with the 11th arrondissement), follow Boulevard des Filles-du-Calvaire and Boulevard du Temple. Finally, to the south, the border with the Archives neighbourhood is constituted by Rue Pastourelle and Rue du Pont-aux-Choux.



The history of this neighbourhood is based on two things. Firstly, its boundary. It corresponds to the Temple neighbourhood such as it was during the 18th century, and then the 19th century after undergoing various changes.

The Enfants-Rouges neighbourhood takes its name from the Hospice des Enfants-Rouges (Enfants-Rouges Hospice). Founded in 1536 by Marguerite de Valois-Angoulême, the sister of François I, it was both an orphanage and a hospital. In the beginning, the children gathered in were nicknamed “Children of God”. Then, because they were dressed in red (as a symbol of Christian charity), they were quickly called “Enfants-Rouges” (Red Children).

After closing this centre in 1772, the nearby market decided to pay tribute to the centre by taking the name of “Marché des Enfants-Rouges” (Red Children’s Market). This is what gave the name to the neighbourhood.


Cultural sites

  • Obviously, the most interesting thing in this neighbourhood is the Marché des Enfants-Rouges (Red Children’s market). Created in 1615, it used to be called “le petit marché du Marais”. It is said to be the oldest covered market in Paris. For this reason, it was classified as a historical monument in 1982 before undergoing a complete renovation. To access it, you can go through Rue Charlot or Rue de Bretagne.
  • Another covered market threatened with destruction and then restored: Carreau du Temple. Created in 1863, it was classified as a historical monument in 1982.


Local landmarks

  • You can spare some time to visit the Musée de la chasse et de la nature (Museum of Hunting and Nature). You do not have to like hunting to enjoy it. That is what you notice by reading the visitors’ opinions.
  • If the weather is nice, the square du Temple is also a perfect place to take a stroll, and especially to discover the poet Pierre Jean de Béranger’s statue, created in 1953.
  • Finally, how not to mention the famous Marais neighbourhood? This historical neighbourhood was built on a wetland area, which, by the way, gave it its name. The first buildings were created by a religious order in the 12th century. Then, a century later, many nobles came to live there.


There were also private mansions in the 17th century. In contrast, from the 18th century onwards, it began to be neglected. It was not until the 20th century and its plan to protect and preserve the neighbourhood that it was given a new lease of life. Since then, there have been many communities, including, of course, the homosexual community.



  • Square du Temple-Elie-Wiesel: it is located at 64, Rue de Bretagne in Paris’s 3rd arrondissement. It is accessible by metro line 3 (Arts et Métiers) and bus line 20 (Square du Temple).



  • Duperré School: 11, Rue Dupetit-Thouars, 75003 Paris.
    Access via metro line 3 (Temple) and bus line 20 (Square du Temple).
  • Béranger primary school: 3, Rue Béranger, 75003 Paris.
    Access via metro lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11 (République) and via bus lines 20, 56, 65 and 75 (République), and 91 (Jean-Pierre Timbaud).
  • Jean-Pierre de Béranger middle school: 5, Rue Béranger, 75003 Paris.
    Access via metro lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11 (République) and via bus lines 20, 56, 65 and 75 (République), and 91 (Jean-Pierre Timbaud).


Nearby transportation

Métro      Métro - Ligne 3  Métro - Ligne 5   Métro - Ligne 9  Métro - Ligne 11

Bus       Bus - Ligne 20  Bus - Ligne 56  Bus - Ligne 65  Bus - Ligne 75  Bus - Ligne 91

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