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Pont-Neuf and the Square du Vert-Galant

Under the Oldest Bridge in Paris

15, Place du Pont Neuf
75001 Paris
  • Neighborhood : Île de la Cité - Île Saint Louis
  • Categories : Parks & Gardens | Streets of Paris
  • Tags : Bridges | Picnic spot
  • Ambiances : Kid-Friendly
  • perks : Free | On the water | With a view

The Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris and in my opinion the most beautiful, which is why what lies underneath it often goes unnoticed, especially with other distractions like the sight of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine.

Beneath the Pont Neuf is the Square du Vert-Galant, a tiny triangular slice of the Île de la Cité, the island home to the Palais de la Justice and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Covered in green and cobblestone, this little sliver of land is my secret haven to come to relax along the water, underneath the shade of maple trees. It’s accessed by a staircase from the bridge, which is often missed due to the statue of Henry IV, and the Place Dauphine where you’re bound to take a detour upon setting eyes on it. 

The romantic garden is where I plan most of my picnic parties, pulling out a blanket and wine, cheese, (the usual), and a handful of friends to watch the sunset from here. When the Parisian rains are heavy, the water levels of the Seine rises and swallows this little piece of paradise, but it’s the place to spend on summer days and nights when the weather is absolute bliss. Nothing says you’re in Paris, quite like a moment here.

by Karina

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