Palais Royal Gardens

 

Here are five amazing things you can do around the Palais Royal Gardens

1.) Paris Landmarks

Anyone who wants to feel and discover why Paris is the ultimate tourist destination should go on this free tour! Besides the Palais Royal, you will notably come across the Tuileries Gardens, the Garnier Opera House and walk on the most expensive street of the Paris monopoly! Thanks to this tour you will seize the grandeur of Paris and truly experience the world’s capital of elegance and beauty.

2.) Lunch or tea time

Run by an American woman who fell in love with Paris this place is located in the exclusive Galerie Vivienne. This is where you will find the best scones and cheesecake in town, as well as unique and daring dishes such as the Shanghai Light.

3.) Watch a play at La Comedie Francaise

One of the best theatres in Paris, also known as ‘the house of Molière’ it was founded in 1680 under the reign of the Sun King. The kind of plays staged in this theatre have not changed since: only classic-style! Thus if you have the privilege to go there (cheap tickets on sale for 5€ on d-day!) you will be enchanted by melodious verses and dazzled by the magnificence of settings and costumes.

4.) Savour Macaroons from Pierre Herme

(39 Avenue de l’Opéra 75002 PARIS): What better than macaroons illustrates French gastronomy? A few steps away from the Palais Royal, on Avenue de l’Opéra, have a taste of the best ones! Indeed the famous pastry chef who brought back macaroons into fashion while working at Ladurée, is now independent and the blue-eyed boy of gourmets throughout the world – and especially in Paris!

5.) Window shopping on Saint Honore Street

If you want to go shopping in Paris, this is definitely the best place for it! On this street you will come across the very best of French fashion and luxury … especially if you go to Colette located at 213 Saint-Honoré, the concept store ‘par excellence’.

Insider’s tips:

  • Charade, with Audrey Hepburn, Interview with a Vampire, directed by Neil Jordan, and Da Vinci Code have all three been set at Palais Royal. You should try to find which part of the garden you already know thanks to those movies and then show off a little!
  • Palais Royal is such a cozy and trendy neighborhood. It would henceforth be a shame not to walk just 100 meters further and have a look at the Vendome’s square and Paris’ jeweler’s plaza that is a place for luxury and prestige…
  • Have a drink in the Nemours café, where all French cinema stars come to show-off.

Facts about the Palais Royal Gardens

At the core of Paris, in front of the Louvre Museum, the Palais Royal is said to be ‘a village in town’.

Its gardens were designed and planted in 1633 by Pierre Desgotz upon the request of Cardinal de Richelieu. They are quite huge: they cover more than 20 000 square meters!

Even if the Palais Royal -literally Royal Palace- had been a residence for the kings and their Court for many years, the gardens later became public. Accessible all day long, these gardens are nowadays a place where Parisians of all ages gather.

Palais Royal Gardens

The Palais Royal Gardens is the place to be if you want to experience the beauty, charm and harmony French monarchy was renowned for. Rain or shine, you will always find things to do here: sunbathe by the fountains, go shopping in the finest boutiques of the galleries, play petanque or sit on a terrace overlooking the gardens…

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Guide

How to get there

By Metro:
Station Palais – Royal
Line 1, yellow;
Line 7, pink

By Bus:
Lines 21, 27, 39, 48, 69, 72, 81 or 95

  • 13 million visitors a year 99%
  • Incredibly detailed 80%
  • Contains hidden mysteries 70%

Opening Hours

7.30 am to 8.30 pm, 7 days a week!

Near By

Louvre

1.) Louvre Museum:
The most-visited museum in the world, definitely deserves that you stop by! With as many as 30,000 artworks displayed in the museum, everyone will feel fulfilled.

2.) Tuileries Gardens:
Archetypical of ‘jardins à la française’, the Tuileries Gardens are a really nice place to stroll around, sunbathe or jump on trampolines; indeed there are also many Things to do For Children!

3.) Concorde Plaza:
Previously named ‘Louis XV Plaza’ and ‘Plaza of the Revolution’, only by standing on Concorde Plaza French history will overwhelm you! Furthermore, facing the Champs-Élysées, overlooking the Left Bank, you will enjoy one of the best views of Paris.

Why it’s worth visiting

  • This Garden is not over-crowded and hence is a good place to take a break before/after heading to the Louvre.
  • In order to stroll around this typical French garden, surrounded by beautiful French mansions.
  • From this Garden, you will be able to reach both the Louvre and the Opera neighborhood where all the major shops are located!
  • Et les boutiques du Palais royal…(some of the finest fashion shops in Paris).
  • So as to make your own opinion about Les Deux Plateaux, Buren permanent installation in the Palais Royal main court, which is one of the most criticized art installation in Paris ever!