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Last Updated on 6th February 2019 by Sophie Nadeau

On a fairly sharp bend in the road, behind an ivy-clad house lies a tantalizing secret… a road which looks like it’s come straight out of the pages of some early 20th-century novel. Finding hidden locations is easily one of my favourite things about Paris. Because the thing is, you never know quite what you’ll stumble upon next! And each time you do, it feels like you’re the first person Paris has revealed its secrets to. Square de Montsouris is no exception. It’s one of those places in Paris which has been frozen in time, hopefully for a while to come…

Situated in the 14th arrondissement of the city, not far from Parc Montsouris (the same park from which it takes its name), the ‘square’ is actually a 200-meter long road. Fully cobbled and packed with art deco and art nouveau architecture, the greenery of the place creates an atmosphere which feels quite like the road is an extension of the park itself.

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Square de Montsouris

Built during the 1920s and 1930s, it would appear that not much has changed in the years since. Built in the interwar period, during a time of peace for France, there are 60 numbers in total. Of course, there are plenty of beautiful locations throughout the city.

But Square de Montsouris has one of those rare qualities that it can be hard to find nowadays, even in Paris. It truly is a gem preserved, untouched by technological and architectural advances. Save for the occasional car, the tranquil place was the perfect spot for a short stroll, and a great way of avoiding the summer crowds.

Furthermore, the square sits in a part of the city which has a long and documented history. Part of the Petite Ceinture lies nearby, as does a long-forgotten entrance to the Parisian catacombs. The name ‘Montsouris’ literally means ‘mountain of mice’. The name apparently originated from a windmill by the name of Moulin de Moque-Souris. This meant ‘windmill that mocks the mice’ and was meant to be a (half) joking warning against the mice who dared steal grain from the mill. Over time, the name was shortened to ‘Montsouris’.

Stained glass windows, lush vegetation, and quirky architecture come together to make this one of the prettiest squares of the city, and a must see for those who wish to visit a little off the beaten track…

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Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs 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!


  • Melody
    19th March 2017 at 11:10 pm

    The way you’re able to capture the beauty in this little place in Paris makes me want to buy a ticket and head there as soon as possible!

    • Sophie Nadeau
      21st March 2017 at 1:44 am

      Thanks (:. Haha, don’t we all want to buy a ticket and head to Paris asap 😉

  • Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    19th March 2017 at 3:14 pm

    oh so pretty! and those red doors, very fairy tale like:)

    • Sophie Nadeau
      21st March 2017 at 1:43 am

      Ahh, I was literally wandering around, snapping photos and planning my future house! 😛

  • Kasie Chelanne
    19th March 2017 at 3:10 am

    WOW, I haven’t had the opportunity to explore this corner of Paris but it truly looks like something out of a fairytale. Isn’t it amazing to discover private corners of a city like this? It really does look like visiting must feel like taking a step back in time! I’m pinning this for my next trip!

    • Sophie Nadeau
      21st March 2017 at 1:42 am

      Yes, I totally recommend checking out the entirety of the 14e (Parc de Montsouris has easily become one of my faovurite parks in the city!) 🙂


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