Palais Royal

The Palais Royal is a former royal palace located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. It’s one of my favorite places to visit in the city because it’s so typically Parisian and elegantly French.

The palace was designed and constructed over the course of 10 years during the 17th century by Jacques Lemercier. It served as the personal residence of Cardinal Richelieu, who left it to King Louis XIII upon his death. Queen Anne of Austria continued to reside in the home with her son, the young King Louis XIV.

Inside the Palace, you can find a courtyard: Cour d’Honneur, and an open park surrounded by restaurants and cafés.

What to Do & See in Palais Royal

A public art installation has been there since 1986: Les Colonnes de Buren, by French artist Daniel Buren. Café Kitsuné is also a popular place to grab a cup of coffee and relax in the quiet park.

Palais Royal, Paris

Palais Royal, Paris

Palais Royal
8 Rue de Montpensier
75001 Paris, France

December 28, 2018

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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