Literally in the middle of the city, the little île Rousseau provides a great escape from the hustle and traffic of the main centre. I like to come here after an exhausting shopping tour at Rue du Rhône, watching the Jet d’eau and enjoying the sun.
In the Pavilion, there is also a fancy little tea room with snacks and drinks, which is run by the Hotel des Bergues.
Even now during winter, the little island is a great place for lunch breaks (bring your own snack and sit on the nice chairs) and to just to stay for a while watching the hustle of the busy streets around you.
Besides the statue of Rousseau (constructed in 1834) there are also many swans, ducks and even geese to watch and feed around the island. It’s funny to bring some bread along and feed them. Plus, I am always fascinated by how clear and blue the water is at this spot.