05 December 2017 | Top

Famous places in Paris : where to find them?

You are in Paris, you feel like wandering around the city, take your time to admire famous monuments. This article will help you to know the best parisien public squares, from the famous ones to the most intimates!

Are you looking for the famous places in Paris? Here is the ultimate guide to discover them. It is our rank so it is subjective, thus we needed to make choices 🙂


Trocadero is the huge square facing the Eiffel Tower. Everyone already has a picture of a friend trying to grab the tower, thanks to the optical illusion.

It’s unavoidable if you’re coming in Paris 🙂

Trocadéro is here !


Concorde has the big advantage of being located right in the middle of everything you need to see. On the East side you see the  Louvres Museum; on the West side you have the Champs-Elysées avenue.

I told you, it’s impossible to miss it !

Where is La Concorde? It’s here


Etoile is one of the biggest roundabout of Paris, and is an absolute nightmare for  occasional car drivers. But much more than that, it is where the Arc de Triomphe stands, protecting the Unknown Soldier grave.

Place de l’Etoile is here !


République is a big place, which embodies the values of French Republic: liberty, equality and fraternity.

Most of the demonstrations in Paris end up here, because of its symbolic dimension! 🙂

République is here !


Bastille was the biggest French jail in the 1780s. And when French people rebelled and took it on July 14th, 1789, this event marked the beginning of the French Revolution, and the end of the monarchy.

Today, people gather around this square for big events, and commemorations.

Here is Bastille

Hotel de Ville

Hotel de Ville is literally the City Hall of Paris. And the place in front of it allows us to admire the beautiful gothic architecture of the building. French photographer Robert Doisneau took his most famous photo on this square named Le Baiser de l’Hotel de Ville.

Hotel de Ville is here !

Place du Tertre

Place du Tertre is smaller than the previous ones. However, it is always full of life. Near the Sacré-Coeur, in the middle of Montmartre, you come across artists  and restaurants everywhere you look.

Place du Tertre location? Here

Place Vendôme

Place Vendôme might be the fanciest square of Paris. All around the square, you will do some window-shopping and admire some of the most beautiful pieces of jewelries: Channel, Dior, Cartier, Szarowski, Rolex, diamonds, emeralds, ruby and all sorts of gemstones.

Interested? Place Vendôme is here.

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges is in the heart of the Marais, the trendy corner of Paris. This square is rather small, but very romantic and one of the oldest in Paris! You won’t be disappointed. And there are many activities to see here, like the House of Victor Hugo 🙂

Here is la Place des Vosges.

Place de la Contrescarpe

One of my favorites is La Contrescarpe. When you come out on this square, it is as if you were in a little rural French village, but right behind the Panthéon.

Cafés and restaurants add a specific charm to the whole.

La Constrescarpe is here !

Place de Furstemberg

Place de Furstemberg is the perfect small square hidden in the heart of Paris, with big trees and beautiful street lamps.

It is a good place to chill out and rest at a café terrace.

Place de Furstemberg is here !

Place Dauphine

Place Dauphine has the particularity to be triangle-shaped. It is located in the Ile Saint-Louis, nearby Notre Dame.

This is a good place to chill out, to see the pétanque players, and to enjoy the Parisian state  of mind. 🙂

Place Dauphine is right here !


If you want to know to which century belongs all the most famous Parisian monuments, have a look at this article !