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Place de l’Estrapade: A Delightful Square in the 5th Arrondissement

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Last Updated on 13th October 2020 by Sophie Nadeau

Situated steps away from the Paris Panthéon, one of the most delightful squares in the Latin Quarter can be found in the form of Place de l’Estrapade, which boasts its very own sparkling fountain, bookstore, several restaurants, and even a delectable boulangerie. Here’s a quick history of the square (and it’s much darker than you might expect), as well as how to visit for yourself.

Place de l'Estrapade: A Delightful Square in the 5th Arrondissement

A brief history of Place de l’Estrapade

Located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, Place de l’Estrapade was once situated outside of the Philippe-Auguste wall and, safe for its name, the tranquil nature of the Parisian location today does nothing to remind visitors of its rather horrific past.

You see, ‘estrapade’ is literally translated into English as strappado (the Italian word is used) and was one of the most horrific torture methods which could be inflicted on army deserters from the Middle Ages right up until the 17th-century.

Place de l'Estrapade: A Delightful Square in the 5th Arrondissement

The punishment involved securing the victim to a rope and dropping them from a height so as to inflict limb dislocations, fractures, and breakages. In 1687, the punishment was stopped and the square was renovated, thus giving it a new lease of life. The punishment was fully abolished by Louis XVI in 1776. 

In more recent times, the square has featured as the backdrop for many filming locations, including the Netflix show ‘Emily in Paris’. Today, the square is a quiet and tranquil place, filled with benches and it’s the perfect spot to sit for a while to read a good book or simply stop and watch the world go by. 

Place de l'Estrapade: A Delightful Square in the 5th Arrondissement

Addresses to visit in Place de l’Estrapade

Terra Nera, 18 Rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques, 75005

Most recently featured as the restaurant ‘les Deux Comperes’ in Emily in Paris (the Italian restaurant was rebranded as a French dining establishment for the TV series), Terra Nera is a fairly well-reviewed eatery and its menu comprises of various pasta and salad dishes and the like.

Terra Nera, 18 Rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques, 75005

Librairie Portugaise et Brésilienne, 21 Rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques, 75005 

When in Paris, it’s worth noting that there are plenty of niche bookstores to be discovered. One of the more unusual is that of the Portuguese and Brazillian bookshop, which (as you might have imagined) sells fiction and non-fiction Brazilian and Portuguese books.

Librairie Portugaise et Brésilienne, 21 Rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques, 75005 

La Boulangerie Moderne, 16 Rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris, France

Of course, a bakery is never too far away from you when you’re in Paris and Place de l’Estrapade is no exception. La Boulangerie Moderne sells a variety of carb-loaded products such as freshly baked baguettes, pain au chocolat, and croissants. If you have a particularly sweet tooth, then there are plenty of sweets for sale such as tarts and other patisseries.

La Boulangerie Moderne, 16 Rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris, France

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About Author

Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs solosophie.com when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!

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