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Place-Dauphine

One of the prettiest, most peaceful locations in Paris, the square is a hot-spot for families, dog walkers and petanque players.

TravelCurious Tip

A great place to take a break from the crowds of central Paris.

Given its position, smack-bang in the middle of Paris, sharing the Île de la Cité with Notre Dame, Place Dauphine can be an amazingly quiet and peaceful place. It was built by Henry IV of France, the second of his great Parisian public squares after the Place des Vosges in Le Marais. All of the houses were complete by 1616. The vast majority have been renovated, made taller or otherwise significantly altered - only the two that flank the entrance leading onto the Pont Neuf retain their original appearance, offering a charm-soaked glimpse of the Paris of 400 years ago.


A Hidden Gem

There’s a good reason why Place Dauphine rarely seems crowded - it’s not the kind of place you would stumble across on a typical wander around Paris’ major sights. You need to head to the western tip of the Île de la Cité, and you’ll find it just before the Pont Neuf. Entering from here, you will immediately notice that it isn’t actually a square, but rather a triangle. In the centre is a lovely shady area where you can find old men playing petanque and young couples taking in the sun. Cars are a rarity here, and in their place pedestrians stroll at leisure beneath the new trees. These used to be magnificent old chestnuts, but sadly in 2009 they were all cut down after succumbing to a parasite.


The life of the square goes on though, and it’s a great place to come to rest your legs after a day’s sightseeing. There are plenty of cafes and wine bars to be found here, which put out little wooden tables and chairs when the weather is fine.


Nearby Attractions

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Île de la Cité
This island in the middle of the River Seine is the historical heart of Paris.
Pont Neuf
Built to ease traffic congestion in the early 17th century, this iconic five-arch bridge is Paris' oldest bridge.
La Conciergerie
Once a royal residence, the Conciergerie became a prison during the French revolution, a notable prisoner being Marie-Antoinette.
Square du Vert-Galant
A beautiful little park, the subject of many photographs and paintings, occupying the western tip of Île de la Cité.
Place St-Michel Fountain
One of the city's most well-known meeting places, the statue depicts the archangel Michael vanquishing the Devil.
Rue de Rivoli
One of the most famous streets in Paris, famed for its commercialism.

Related Tours

Private: Paris Highlights Walking tour & River Cruise
Enjoy a three-hour private walking tour of Paris, and explore the highlights of the French capital, finishing with a river cruise of the idyllic Seine. On your private tour, you will: 

  • Meet your guide by the famed Sacré-Cœur church and spectacular viewpoint over Paris.
  • See the best of Paris from Montmartre to Notre Dame, including the Moulin Rouge, the Centre Pompidou, and Île de la Cité.
  • Visit Le Marais neighbourhood, Hotel de Ville, Palais de Justice de Paris (Conciergerie), Place Dauphine and the Pont Neuf.
  • Travel like a local – your guide will teach you all the tricks to taking the Paris Metro.
  • Enjoy complimentary river cruise tickets, which you can use at the end of your tour or even the next day. 

Start your tour immersed in one of the city’s most intriguing and bohemian neighbourhoods – an enclave of famous painters and artists, Montmartre. Then hop aboard the iconic Metro, where your guide will teach you all the tips and tricks for navigating it during your stay in Paris. 

Marvel at the famous Centre Pompidou building, described by its architect Renzo Piano as a "huge spaceship made of glass", and stroll through Le Marais neighbourhood, once the city's Jewish quarter, the area is today filled with hip boutiques, galleries, and cafes. 

Visit one of the two remaining natural islands in the Seine, the Île de la Cité, which is considered the historic heart of Paris. The medieval city of Paris was refounded here with magnificent Sainte-Chapelle and the former prison, the Conciergerie. While on Île de la Cité, you will have time to walk around the hauntingly beautiful Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, as she undergoes a renovation from the 2019 fire. 

Your tour finishes at Pont Neuf, where your guide will give you tickets to join a one hour river cruise that will take you past the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. These tickets can be used any time, any day during your stay in Paris. 
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