Place des Vosges
Place des Vosges
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Paris's oldest public square has a meticulously manicured central park and is surrounded by beautiful 17th-century townhouses.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Le Marais
The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It bursts with small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, you'll come across little gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendor. This neighborhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.
How to get there
  • Chemin Vert • 4 min walk
  • Saint-Paul • 5 min walk
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  • mriphysician1
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW - one of the most beautiful spaces in PARIS
    This tiny square in Paris is a GEM. Bring a picnic lunch. We brought a demi bottle of champagne (Tattinger) and had a sandwich and creme brulee. It was lovely... I would recommend this to ANYONE... please go visit here.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • David255057
    Canberra, Australia199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend going to this famous square
    Went to the Marais on a Saturday after going early morning to the Louvre. Lunch at Le Mistral then a fantastic walk to this magnificent square. It is such a pleasant spot in Paris with great architecture on display. A quick stop off on that walk at the beautiful Archives Building. We had a drink at the corner cafe at Place Des Vosges. I had a calvados and watched the world walk by. We met a wonderful Brazilian family there from a small island. A top day.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 28, 2023
  • soinic
    2,540 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Royal!
    When strolling from La Bastille to the Marais we enjoyed this beautiful square very much. Nice and busy park in the middle with lovely fountains and plenty of trees for shadow. Surrounded by beautiful buildings, très joli, very nice.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • JRM
    Penetanguishene, Canada99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Urban Oasis in Paris
    A serene, uncrowded, green space framed by an attractive 17th century arcade in the middle of the busy Marais district of Paris. Lovely for a picnic or coffee break, some people watching, reading or even a brief snooze. Makes for a great meeting spot. Centrally located in the Marais with several museums (Carnavalet, Picasso, Cognacq-Jay, Archives Nationales) nearby. Easy walk from the St Paul or Bastille metro. Lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and grocery stores in the neighborhood. St Paul church, place de la Bastille, Eglise Blanc-Manteaux and the Jewish Quarter, all worthy diversions, are moments away.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Robert P
    Sydney, Australia716 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picnic spot
    Our Paris Greeters tour guide finished our walk near here on our first morning in Paris. Quiet green space surrounded by very expensive real estate, a quadrangle with 9 terrace houses on each side. We bought picnic provisions from a nearby market and ate lunch sitting on the grass. Nice start to our trip.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,527 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Harmonious Square
    Built by Henri IV as a harmonious development for the well-to-do. The gorgeous square has never lost its panache. The sides match, the fountains flow, and even in cold weather, lots of people come here to enjoy, or to shop or eat under the arcades. Some nice hotels here, and Victor Hugo's house. It always takes my breath away.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 22, 2024
  • Corrado R
    Vedano al Lambro, Italy1,152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great square
    Wonderful square at Le Marais, close to L'Hotel de Ville in Paris. The beautiful houses and the gardens create a unique view. It's possible to relax in the benches or take a nice coffee or lunch in the many resturants that are under the arcades. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 2, 2024
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Debbie C
Middlesbrough, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We visited unexpectedly whilst wondering around Paris. We ended up spending a good few hours here as it was so beautiful! Such a contrast to the busy city, once you walk through the triple arches, it's so peaceful! We sat and watched the children run in and out of the fountains laughing! It was a hot day so we took our shoes off and sat on the grass to rest our feet. People were reading, couples laid together, the birds were singing - just beautiful! After our rest we browsed the surrounding galleries and shops. Will definitely return next time we're in Paris!
PS For any Doors fans, Jim Morrison apparently spent many a day here writing his poetry and 'escaping the world'. His apartment is a short walk away too :-)
Written February 16, 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Walking the colorful streets of Marais neighborhood, sooner or later, you're about to run into this terrific sq, very close to Bastille sq.
It's considered to be the oldest planned sq in Paris, rectangular in shape with extraordinary same shape houses around. The central part is a French manicured park with Louis XIII monument in the middle.
Victor Hugo lived in a corner house which is now converted into a museum.
Written January 24, 2020
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1girl_1passport
Vancouver, Canada1,289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This is a beautiful square surrounded by these beautifully kept houses. Such a lovely place to walk around and lots to see. There are lots of art galleries and restaurants and also here while you're here you can visit la Maison du Victor Hugo which is free. A great place to come sit in the park and relax.

Some history:
The Place des Vosges, originally Place Royale, is the oldest planned square in Paris, France. It is located in the Marais district, and it straddles the dividing line between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris

Amazing square, great location, a great place to take pictures or relax in the park. Highly recommed.
Written March 23, 2022
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Place des Vosges is a nice spot to sit in the park, admire the buildings - including the facades of the Royal Apartments, and get something to eat/drink. There's a tucked away garden on the southwestern end of the square-accessible during limited times, and there's also Victor Hugo's house - with a museum and even the room when he passed away. Most tourists tend to transit through here, but it's a nice spot to sit and relax for a bit with plenty of restaurants to choose from. There's a mix of locals here as well, and it gets busier on weekends. It's in the middle of the Marais, so an easy place to see when touring or walking the area.
Written March 15, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We come here on every trip to Paris because the architecture is so harmonious and beautiful that it charms our souls. But this is also a good place to enjoy a glass of wine under the arcades. Some fancy restaurants here, and the neighborhoods around are dynamic.
Written August 12, 2022
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eatlocal1ofakind
Minneapolis, MN707 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is a wonderful neighborhood park in the Heart of Le Marais. What an Oasis. Four fountains, a central statue, places for quiet reflection and places for children and families to play. The park is surrounded by galleries, shops and cafes.
Written May 22, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
An early urban planning marvel. Built for the King as a place to joust and have festivals, with a real estate speculation of townhouses for the elite. Magnificent pavilions on all 4 sides with gateways out. Arcades that house great shops and cafes and a couple of elegant restaurants. And a statue of the King in the middle with a fountain. You can sit on the grass and have a picnic, or go to the Victor Hugo Museum because he lived here. Just superb.
Written January 14, 2023
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sb2003
Paris, France414 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
It is a very beautiful French garden. It is undergoing renovations right now, so almost half of it is unreachable. There is the statue of "Emperor Louis XIII" on a horse, in the centre of the graden and at the 4 corners, there are 4 fountains.
The garden is very famous, is shown in many movies, I saw it in some TV drama as well. Outside the garden, there are many restaurants and in general, the place is lined by art galleries.
Nice for a small stroll, looking at the history of the area. There is Maison of Victor Hugo in one corner, and the view of the garden from those windows, is very charming.
Yes, do visit, if you are in this area, called Marais, and you should be, if you are in Paris :)
Written November 21, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Each time we are in Paris, we return to this lovely square, one of the city's first efforts at town planning. Henry IV's idea to create a safe place for festivals, and to house the upper class in townhouses of a harmonious design. Still works today. And you can enjoy a glass of wine under the arcades. Just lovely.
Written May 9, 2021
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CK2000
New York City, NY301 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
On our left was a pick up soccer game, and to our right was a toddler playing in the grass. This is just a quiet and peaceful park where one can sit and just soak in Parisian life. Surrounding the square are building that we understand were built at the time the park was planned. Just sit back and relax.
Written August 31, 2022
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