Cours Julien information
No address is more telling of the city’s extravagant cultural diversity than cours Julien, an elongated square with a fountain that has long dried up and an exotic forest of palm trees, beneath which neighbourhood kids play football. Various morning markets fill the pedestrian-only space with life – fresh flowers on Wednesday and Saturday, antique books alternate Saturdays, and stamps or antique books on Sunday – and a line-up of café terraces on its western side cook up world cuisine. On its eastern side square, a couple of fringe theatres and the alternative Espace Julien entertain after dark. Everything from rock, opérock, alternative theatre and reggae to hip hop, Afro-groove and other cutting-edge entertainment is staged at the latter; its website lists upcoming gigs and cover charges.