Parisian Squares

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

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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 des Abbesses

Place (square)
Place des Abbesses, Paris, 75018

30 metres beneath ground, in the deepest metro station in Paris, lifts are available, but the valiant walker climbs the staircase......

Place de la Nation

Place (square)
Place de la Nation, Paris, 75011

The former Place du Trône-Renversé took its present name 'Place de la Nation' on the occasion of the July 14th French national......

Place de la République

Place (square)
Place de la République, Paris, 75003 - 75010 - 75011

The Place de la République's renovation was unveiled in 2013. Its traffic areas have been significantly reduced to allow more......

Place de l'Hôtel de Ville

Place (square)
Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris, 75004

The former Place de Grève, used in the past to hold public executions, is today the more festive Place de l’Hôtel de Ville and......

Place de la Concorde

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

Place de la Concorde is situated at the end of the Champs-Elysées. Today it is famous for the Luxor Obelisk (a 3,300 year old......

Place de la Bastille

Place (square)
Place de la Bastille, Paris, 75004

In the centre of the square, the famous "Génie de la Liberté" (Spirit of Freedom) commemorates the revolution of 1830, but is......

Place des Victoires

Place (square)
Place des Victoires, Paris, 75002

Before being a popular spot for fashion and designers, this almost perfect circle was a high place of royal worship. Eager to......

Place du Tertre

Place (square)
Place du Tertre, Paris, 75018

Here, folklore is in full swing, between the restaurant terraces and asels belonging to the artists who share 140 spaces, giving......