When I go to Paris, I always stopped at the magnificent place des Vosges. Metro Saint Paul.
The pl. des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris, a square lined with 36 arcades.
Find in the middle a fountain, green grass, trees and a huge statue of Louis XIII...what a beautiful taste of the French Renaissance!
The square was originally known as place Royale. Napoleon has changed its name to honor the French Department Vosges (to pay his new war taxes).
Famous people lived on place des Vosges. Madame de Sevigne was born at the number 1bis. The actress Rachel has lived at the number 9. The poet Theophile Gautier and the novelist Alphonse Daudet have lived at the number 10.
Hotel de Sully Address: 62 pl. des Vosges. Metro: Chemin Vert or St Paul. The Baroque Mansion was built by a rich businessman during the 17th century called Mesme Gallet. After It was bought by the Duc de Sully. Now there is the Caisse Nationale des Monuments historiques (Historic Monuments Trust). Pass the entrance door you find a peaceful garden and the Orangerie, a warm house for orange trees.
Maison de Victor Hugo Address: 6 of the pl. des Vosges. It's the house of Victor Hugo, a French author who lived between 1832 to 1848. Now it's a museum. The visit is free.
Restaurant L'Ambroisie: 9 pl. des Vosges Paris 4th. Superb haute cuisine restaurant in a beautiful 17th century house. Food foie gras, langoustines in a light curry sauce...Reservation needed.
Restaurant Le Dome du Marais: 53 bis rue des Francs Bourgeois 4th arrondissement. From the square: Direction left on rue des Francs Bourgeois. About 10 minutes walk. Quiet 18th century dining with a very nice glass dome the place is unique.
Chez Omar Address: 47 Rue Bretagne Paris 3rd. Metro Republique. From the square: walk 15 minutes from Place des Vosges, turn left at Rue des Francs Bourgeois, right at Rue de Turenne, left at Rue de Bretagne. The restaurant doesn't take reservation, no credit card. The specialty is the couscous royal here. A must try: merguez, chicken, lamb...
Bakery Aux Desirs de Manon Address: 129 rue Saint Antoine. Stop at the metro Saint Paul, this bakery is also a tea room. A great place to get a picnic to take to the Place des Vosges, a short walk 5 minutes. Everything is home made with fresh ingredients. Many types of bread walnut bread, olive bread, baguette...homemade macarons, tarts, brioche, pain chocolat...
Le Pavillon de la Reine is a luxurious hotel located on the Place des Vosges and few steps to the Victor Hugo's House. Address: 28 place des Vosges Paris. There is also a Spa. It is the best hotel in the area.
Hotel de la Place des Vosges is a nice hotel in the Marais quarter, a short walk to the Place des Vosges. The hotel has a lot of charm with antique furniture. The bedrooms are quite large. Address: 12, rue de Birague Paris.
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