The 4th arrondissement of Paris covers a large part of the Ile de la Cité, on the Ile Saint-Louis and on a large part of the Marais district, which has been home to the residences of the Middle Ages since the end of the Middle Ages. nobility. Strongly marked by history, it has however been reworked over the centuries. The most recent of these changes concerned the place Georges Pompidou with the construction of the Center of the same name, with bold architecture. It contrasts with the classical architecture of the Place des Vosges or the mansions of the Marais, such as the Hôtel de Sully, rue Saint-Antoine, or the Hôtel des Archevêques de Sens, rue du Figuier, Gothic style. Similarly, the quiet charm of the Ile Saint-Louis differs from the tourist affluence of the Parvis de Notre-Dame on the Ile de la Cité. The inhabitants also point out that there are exceptional apartments in the 4th district, with direct views of the Seine, the quai aux Fleurs, or the Bourbon quay, but also apartments in more modest streets and more quiet, as in Aubriot Street or Pecquay Street.
Local residents do not fail to point out that their boroughs have neighborhoods that claim their membership in a community. Thus, the Jewish district also called Pletzl extends around the street of Rosiers and Pavée street. Typical restaurants and grocery stores are a treat for local residents and visitors alike. Around the rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie lies the so-called "gay" district. Very trendy, it has gradually attracted a more mixed population and specialized stores, bookstores, clothing stores, cafes, which made all its charm and character, have often turned into fashion boutiques, much to the regret of some of locals. Thus claimed or lived more discreetly, the identity of the 4th arrondissement is revealed at the turn of its streets. And if some areas are very quiet at night, like the Ile Saint-Louis or the Place des Vosges, others come alive as the Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, with the Point-Virgule theater, or the rue de la Verrerie with its many bars.