The 5 most charming squares in Paris

1) Place Gustave Toudouze

This tiny shaded square, with its newspaper kiosk, Wallace fountain and restaurants, is named after novelist and journalist Gustave Toudouze. It’s popular among locals. Winter or summer, the terraces and location of this square make it the perfect place for breakfast or drinks.

cafés at Place Gustave Toudouze


Place Gustave Toudouze

2) Place Sainte-Marthe

This charming square, which has been redesigned in recent years, is only a short walk from the vibrant working-class neighbourhood of Belleville. Gourmet restaurants and groceries opened in the square and the surrounding streets, adding significant value to this block.

 Place Sainte Marthe on a sunny day

Place Sainte-Marthe

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3) Place Emile Goudeau

The entrance to the new Bateau-Lavoir, which was built in the location of the old centre and which was razed by a fire in 1970, is located in this mythical square in Montmartre. About twenty artists are fortunate enough to have a studio here. The square is also the perfect place for a break after climbing the steep staircases of this neighbourhood.

Place Emile Goudeau

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Place Emile Goudeau

4) Place Dauphine

This large majestic triangular square, hidden between Pont Neuf and the Law Courts and lined with restaurants, is the perfect place to stop. Watch as people are playing petanque and as lawyers are taking a break before returning to court.

Place Dauphine during autumn


Place Dauphine

5) Place Furstenberg

An iconic square in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Here you will find all the high-end fabric manufacturers, design shops, galleries and bakeries. Once night falls, when the main light is switched on, this square is transformed into one of the most romantic squares in Paris.

decoration at Place Furstenberg

Guilhem Vellut

Place Furstenberg

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