Coconut Square, the heart of the city
Green oasis in the heart of downtown, Coconut Square is a convivial place entirely pedestrian. Measuring 100 meters wide and 400 meters long, the place offers a beautiful space today surrounded by various shops. Coconut Place is made of Feillet Square, Courbet square, La Marne square and Olry square.
Real heart of the city, the square lives according to seasons and hosts a multitude of events: garage sales, book signings, concerts, hunting for Easter eggs, sports initiation, varied entertainment for children and of course the Noumea Christmas tree. Soon, two terrace-cafés will open on the Marne square to allow always more relaxing opportunities.
Thursdays of downtown Noumea
From March to December, every other week on Thursdays, crafts, art associations and local products are proposed. This colorful appointment allows to discover the cultural richness of this beautiful island.
For the record, it is in 1855 that the project was born. Engineer Paul Coffyn must draw the first urban plan of Port-de-France (the former name of Noumea). He decided to create an esplanade on the current Coconut Place where the sea used to be. Backfilling works were therefore necessary. In 1861, the first place is called Garden of Troop or Marine Infantry Garden, (now Feillet square). Many coconut trees were planted, and therefore the inhabitants of Nouméa naturally renamed it Coconut Place.
Three symbolic monuments adorn this beautiful place. The bandstand, true emblem of colonial architecture, founded in 1883. The Celestial fountain was inaugurated on September 24, 1893, during the fortieth anniversary of the takeover of New Caledonia. And finally in 1897 was erected a statue of Jean-Baptiste Olry, governor who organized the battle against the revolt of the great Kanak chief Atai.
Did you know ?
The center of Coconut Square, where the Celestial fountain stands, is used as zero mileage point for the Caledonian Roads.