Close to the station area and on the outskirts of the medieval Écusson, Place de la Comédie is the meeting place for all Montpellier residents. For visitors, it is also an ideal starting point for exploring the historic centre. Covering 21,000 m², the square, also known as Place de l’œuf (literally, Egg Square) because of its oval shape, is now one of the largest pedestrian areas in Europe.
The square, which takes its name from the municipal theatre the Opéra Comédie, has always played a major role in local cultural life. In the 19th century, it was both a place of pleasure and performance for the Montpellier bourgeoisie, and a place of business with the wine market held in the large cafés of the time that adorned the square: the Grand Café de France and the Grand Café de Montpellier located on the corner of rue du Royal Hôtel. From the doors of the hotel to Place de la Comédie, the monumental design of the Haussmann buildings invites you to take in the architecture. The most observant flâneurs will like the sculpted pediment of the current Gaumont cinema, testifying to the former wine wealth of the city.