Parisian Squares

Royal, modern, lively … Parisian squares all have a story to tell.

Place de la Concorde Face l 630x405 l © DR Henri Garat 110-07

At the corner of a street or at the end of a boulevard, squares (places in French) are everywhere in Paris. In fact, the capital accounts for no less than 479! 

Renowned for their elegance, Parisian squares have a distinguishing feature: a fountain, a history, a column ...  Let’s begin with the Place de la Concorde – perhaps the greatest of all – and the wonderful perspective it offers of the Champs Elysées and the Place Charles de Gaulle. To admire the architectural wonders of another age, the Place de l’Opéra affords a splendid view of the lavish and eclectic opera house by Charles Garnier, which is in stark contrast to the modern architecture of the opera house in Place de la Bastille.

For a spot of tranquillity, the Place Dauphine and the Place des Vosges are architectural gems and pleasant places to picnic. Contemporary art buffs will love the Place Igor Stravinsky with its fountain designed by the artist couple Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint-Phalle, the works of street art, and the view of the famous Centre Pompidou. For a luxury shopping trip, the Place Vendôme is known for high-end jewellery houses and fashion houses and of course its landmark bronze column. Over in Montmartre, the Place du Tertre, just below the Sacré Coeur is a unique picturesque and bustling spot in Paris, full of painters and drawers and their easels.

And to end in style, the Place du Trocadéro commands a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-de-Mars.

Place de la Madeleine

Place (square)
Place de la Madeleine, Paris, 75008

Designed around the church which gave it its name, Place de la Madeleine is one of the top places in Paris for shopping.......

Place Dauphine

Place (square)
Place Dauphine, Paris, 75001

Yves Montand and Simone Signoret made this famous when they took up residence at n° 15 ... Situated on the Ile de la Cité, behind......

Place de Clichy

Place (square)
Place de Clichy, Paris, 75017

Lively and cosmopolitan, Place de Clichy is conveniently located at the crossroads of four districts (8th, 9th, 17th and 18th).......

Place de l'Opéra

Place (square)
Place de l'Opéra, Paris, 75002

Created at the same time as the Palais Garnier Opera House, the main purpose of the Place de l'Opéra is to offer passers-by the......

Place des Vosges

Place (square)
Place des Vosges, Paris, 75004

It is the Crown jewel of a district that is not lacking in attractions! The Place des Vosges is one of the oldest squares in......

Parvis de Notre-Dame

Place (square)
Parvis de Notre-Dame, Paris, 75004

With a surface area of around 1,200m², the Notre Dame square in Paris is located in front of the cathedral, on the west side.......

Place Vendôme

Place (square)
Place Vendôme, Paris, 75001

Place Vendôme was built on the orders of Louis XIV, as a grandiose setting that would embody absolute power in the very heart of......

Esplanade des Invalides

Place (square)
Esplanade des Invalides, Paris, 75007

Reliant le Pont Alexandre III à l’Hôtel des Invalides, cette grande esplanade ouverte, bordée d’un mail de tilleuls, offre de......