Located by the Seine in the 1st and 4th arrondissements of Paris, Place du Châtelet (accessible by Metro from the station of the same name) is one of the capital's liveliest squares. The Palm Tree Fountain standing at the centre of the square, also known as the Châtelet Fountain, was built between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate Napoleon I's various victories. On either side of the fountain, you can also see two Italian Renaissance-inspired theatres, designed between 1860 and 1862 by the architect Davioud at Baron Haussmann's request: the Châtelet Theatre, which nowadays hosts musicals, operas, classical music concerts and dance shows, and the former Sarah-Bernhardt Theatre, which has now become the Théâtre de la Ville, and is mainly dedicated to contemporary dance and world music. And if you're feeling peckish or just feel like a drink, there's no shortage of typical brasseries on Place du Châtelet! Close by, the Square de la tour Saint-Jacques offers lovers of greenery a pleasant place to relax amid the hustle and bustle of Paris.
The Faubourg Saint-Antoine