Square du Vert-Galant

Under the Oldest Bridge in Paris

The perfect place to sit on the banks of the Seine and watch the sun go down with a bottle of wine

  • 15 Place du Pont Neuf ,
  • 75001 Paris

Le Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris and in my opinion the most beautiful. The bridge itself deserves a visit, offering interesting history and stunning views of the city, but for me, it’s what’s underneath it that’s most special.

Beneath the Pont Neuf is the Square du Vert-Galant, a tiny triangular slice of the Ile de la Cité, the island home to the Palais de la Justice, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the picturesque Place Dauphine.

Covered in green and cobblestone, this little sliver of land is my secret haven to come to relax along the water, under the shade of maple trees.

I say secret because people often miss the steps leading down to this spot—the staircases are somewhat hidden behind the enormous statue of Henry IV astride a horse that stands on Le Pont Neuf.

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 rains are heavy and the river is high, the Seine often submerges this little piece of paradise. But it’s the place to spend summer days and nights when the weather is absolute bliss. Nothing says you’re in Paris quite like a moment here.

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