Place des Vosges Place des Vosges

Formerly known as Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built under the reign of King Henri IV and used to be a favorite spot for duels. It is Paris’ oldest square and widely thought to be the city’s most beautiful. With its street musicians and art galleries, it is now a popular weekend destination in the heart of the Marais.

The elegant Renaissance plaza is composed of symmetrical brick pavilions resting over vaulted stone arcades. In the center is a public garden with linden trees, benches and playgrounds. Parisians come here to nap in the sun or watch passersby from the arcades’ cafes. Victor Hugo lived here in the Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée, which is now the free “Maison de Victor Hugo” museum. Another free museum in the area is the Musée Carnavalet, which is devoted to the history of the capital and has spectacular gardens.

New York Habitat apartment rentals in the 3rd arrondissement
include 18th century apartments with exposed wooden beams. One of them even has a private garden filled with flowers

1 Bedroom Vacation Rental in Marais – Les Halles (PA-1945)

1 Bedroom Vacation Rental in Marais – Les Halles (PA-2282)

1 Bedroom Vacation Rental in Marais – Les Halles (PA-2286)

If you choose to live in the Marais, 3rd arrondissement, for your next vacation, don’t miss another lovely square, an easy stroll from its more famous neighbor. Paved with cobblestone and shaded by mulberry trees, Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine might be less grandiose than Place des Vosges, but it has tons of charm. Sit on a bench here and you could be in a tiny village somewhere in France. Except that five minutes away is all the excitement of the Marais, with its mix of luxury shops, falafel joints and gay bars.

Nearby, the rue des Francs-Bourgeois is perfect for your shopping excursions and close to many New York Habitat Marais vacation rentals. You will find designer boutiques like Barbara Bui, Paul & Joe, Zadig & Voltaire, as well as the Spanish shoe store Camper and the Japanese design brand Muji.

Any other tips about the Marais?

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11 Responses to “The most beautiful square in Paris: Place des Vosges”

  1. Josh Says:

    The picture above looks almost like a university campus. It is very pretty.

  2. Chestery Says:

    Yeah it really does look like a college campus.

  3. Holly Says:

    I love all of those apartments! I would love a vacation rental in that area of Paris.

  4. Coleen Says:

    I agree, Place des Vosges is one of the most beautiful places in Paris. The last time I was in Paris, this was a favorite spot to drink a hot chocolate from this great little chocolate shop and people watch.

  5. Padraic S. Says:

    One of the best things about the area surrounding Place des Vosges is the Victor Hugo museum. I tell all my friends that they must see it when they vacation in Paris.

  6. Olga Nutreruo Says:

    What I like the most about this area is the fact that you can eat really good Jewish food!! Because this area is poupular for its Jewish culture. Great deal on food and clothing. Le Marais is indeed very special….

  7. GayPride Guy Says:

    To my partner and I this area of Paris is most gay friendly to us. You can find all kind of activities for same sex couple. Le Marais is super Gay Friendly!

  8. Harley Says:

    Yes le Marais is one of the coolest parts of Paris. Great spot to hang out, lots of nightlife.

  9. Hunny Says:

    @GayPrideGuy Unless you are a girl trying to go into a club with her Gay friends then it is a “pas filles” (no girls) :(

  10. Jeesie FS Says:

    @Hunny, yeah, is there a gay girl scene in paris?

  11. Hunny Says:

    @Jeesie FS – Not that I’m aware of.

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