Place des Cocotiers

sights / Squares & plazas

Place des Cocotiers information

Lonely Planet review

This is the heart of the city. The square slopes gently from east to west and at the top is a band rotunda, a famous landmark dating back to the late 1800s. Place des Cocotiers is the perfect spot to watch the world go by. Near the band rotunda there’s a popular pétanque pitch and a giant chessboard. Down the other end it’s like a lush botanical garden, with palms and large spreading trees.

Regular concerts and street markets are held in Place des Cocotiers. The popular Jeudis du Centre Ville street market has a different theme each week, outlined in NC Pocket (free from the Office du Tourisme). Stalls sell arts and crafts, fresh produce, cakes and local dishes, and entertainment includes live music and traditional dance.