It is at the heart of the Marais, steps away from fashion boutiques and trendy art galleries, that you will find this hidden gem: Place des Vosges. Previously named Place Royale, it is one of Paris’ oldest plazas, built under King Henri IV in 1605. Its particularity resides in the disposotion of its elements according to the perfect order, lined with trees and surrounded by 3-story residentail red brick buildings with small pane windows. In its center lies Square Louis XIII with its four fountains designed by Jean-Pierre Cortot, and fed by the waters of the river Ourcq. It is an enjoyable place for a walk or a coffee at one of the many cafés around the square. Famous personalities such as Victor Hugo or Alphonse Daudet lived Place des Vosges.