We were in the Marais and found this cool restaurant near the National Archives. Located in the heart of the Marais in the auction room of the first pawnshop in Paris, opened in 1777, the Dôme du Marais offers an unusual and surprising setting for dinner in an elegant and historic environment. Unlike the United States, the business of of pawnshops is performed by a municipal department of the City of Paris. This restaurant used to be where they auctioned off the objects people didn't redeem.
Crypte Archéologique, stretching 118 meters under the Parvis du Notre Dame, was built by the city of Paris in order to house the archeological finds discovered during the excavation undertaken in 1965 by the Direction des Antiquites historiques de I'Ile de France and the Commission du Vieux Paris. It contains ruins of Roman quaysides, ramparts and hypocausts, medieval cellars, shops and pavements, the foundations of the Eglise Ste-Geneviève-des-Ardens, an 18th-century foundling hospital and a 19th-century sewer. Imbedded in the surface of the plaza itself are brass strips which locate the streets and buildings that were removed.