Place de la Comedie, Montpellier
At the center of the Place is the Three Graces Fountain. To the north of it, the Place continues as the Esplanade and eventually becomes the Champs de Mars garden which leads to the 17C Citadel. Also in this direction but more to the east is the Polygone district. Near the center the streets to the west contain many fine mansions with the closest to the Esplanade being the Museum Fabre, with its fine art collections.
Place de la Comédie is Montpellier main square and belongs to the old part of the city. All big events are organised in this square, and everybody comes there while walking around the city, it cannot be avoided.
In summertime you'll see a lot of people sitting on the ground talking, eating ice creams, or even playing cards!
Place de la Comédie is wonderful with any wheather condition, even though it will look more attractive on a sunny day.
In the fountain, the statue of Three Graces will capture your attention but the real attraction of this very French square is the Opera House, inaugurated on 1st October 1888: an auditorium featuring 1,600 seats covered in red velvet. Today, the Montpellier Opera House is a centre for the lyrical arts in France.
Place de Comedie is located in the center of Montpellier, between a park and the opera, and is full of cafés and restaurants. You gotta try the 'Crepes' (pancakes), and just sit and watch the life going on at the place, which in the evening is the place where street-artists are gathering to put on a show for the tourists. You can see all kind of performances here. I got to see a group of young hip-hop dancers put on a great show - that gathered about 200 people around them in short time!
This huge square (18th Century) is the heart if the city. Sometimes known as l'ouf, owing to its egg shapped central roundabout around which traffic once circulated until it was pedestrianised, it is the most lively part of town.
In its centre is the ornately sculpted Fontaine des Trois-Graces, which is the work of Etienne d'Antoine. At one end is the Comedie is the theatre and facing it are two impressive buildings, the Credit du Nord and the Grand Hotel du Midi.
this is the center of the town, and is also one of the oldest parts of the town. the buildings there can be dated back to 1000 years old. All the buildings surrounded the famous mountain of 3-ladies.
Take a seat in the outdoor cafeteria there, take a sip of beer while watching various types of dancings, you won't ask for more.
It's the livliest place in Montpellier! It's got good atmosphere, and is quite often the meeting point for many people, because of the frequent trams taking you to any destination in Montpellier. It's full of cafes, restaurants, shops, opera house, cinemas and so on.... basically, there is lots to do here!!