Around the Palais Royal garden | A stroll around the columns and the hidden garden

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The Palais Royal garden is just a stone’s throw from the Louvre. Surrounded by magnificent buildings, this green space that is hidden away houses luxury boutiques beneath its arcades. A moment of relaxation and refinement – French style.

Place Colette and its metro station that is decked out with a gigantic pearl necklace, the work of Otohoniel. It also boasts the Comédie Française and some little cafés…

A stone’s throw from the Louvre on Place Colette is the entrance to the Palais Royal Metro station. This pretty creation is made of giant pearls in red, purple and pink, the work of a famous French artist, JM Othoniel. You can’t miss it, even from a distance!
Place Colette is also the address of the Comédie Française where Molière played so long ago. The programme of the theatre consists primarily of the great classics of French theatre: Molière of course, along with Racine, Corneille and others. The performances are majestic and resonate with history. If you would like to attend a performance, it is recommended to book ahead.
Take a break at the Le Nemours café under the columns of the square. The waiters are dressed in the old style and the outdoor terrace is pleasant (especially in summer). Ideal for a coffee, an ice cream or a drink in the late afternoon. Alternatively, you can settle at the equally charming Café de la Comédie opposite…
Now go for a stroll through the aisles of the Delamain bookshop, not far from the square. Novels, thrillers, graphic novels, mangas, etc… there is something for every taste.

6248 BALADE AUTOUR DU JARDIN DU PALAIS ROYAL Around the Palais Royal garden | A stroll around the columns and the hidden garden

6250 BALADE AUTOUR DU JARDIN DU PALAIS ROYAL Around the Palais Royal garden | A stroll around the columns and the hidden garden

6249 BALADE AUTOUR DU JARDIN DU PALAIS ROYAL Around the Palais Royal garden | A stroll around the columns and the hidden garden

The Palais Royal garden with its arcades and its shops. Stroll there, stop there, rest there – it’s the ideal place to chill out!

At the entrance to the garden you will find Daniel Buren’s well-known columns. Have fun counting them (it’s easier than counting their stripes). This funny place makes you want to play, whatever your age: sit on one, climb another, have your photo taken, weave your way through the columns. Go ahead, we don’t mind. We do the same!
Go through the “entrance” and you will find yourself in the garden. It is perfectly laid out, enclosed by buildings with identical elegant facades. All around, a gallery running under the arcades houses restaurants and shops. Go for a stroll or take a break on a bench in the shade of the trees on one of the green chairs (the same as in the Tuileries gardens) near the fountain (be careful not to get sprayed with water depending on which way the wind is blowing) or across from a statue…
There is a succession of lovely boutiques under the arcade, such as Bacqueville, A L’Orientale, Didier Ludot, Jérôme Dreyfuss, Kitsuné… And also some chic restaurants like the Grand Véfour, a temple of French gastronomy.
Leave the garden by the Passage Perron to reach the Galerie Vivienne and Place des Victoires. Once there, meet up with Rue du Beaujolais that follows the garden to the north, left towards the Théâtre du Palais-Royal and one of the oldest cafés in Paris, the l’Entracte bar, that often welcomes actors from the theatre.
6252 BALADE AUTOUR DU JARDIN DU PALAIS ROYAL Around the Palais Royal garden | A stroll around the columns and the hidden garden
6254 BALADE AUTOUR DU JARDIN DU PALAIS ROYAL Around the Palais Royal garden | A stroll around the columns and the hidden garden
6253 BALADE AUTOUR DU JARDIN DU PALAIS ROYAL Around the Palais Royal garden | A stroll around the columns and the hidden garden


Practical information

Place Colette, 75001
Metro: Palais Royal
La Comédie Française, Richelieu auditorium
Place Colette, 1st
Reservations on 0825 10 1680 from Mon – Sat from 11am to 6pm or at the box office daily from 11am to 6pm
Café Le Nemours, 2 Galerie de Nemours, 1st
Opening times: Mon – Thurs from 7am to noon | Fri – Sat from 9am to 9pm | Closed on Sun
Café de la Comédie, 157 rue Saint-Honoré, 1st
Opening times: daily from 6am to 2am
Librairie Delamain, 155 rue Saint-Honoré, 1st
Opening times: Mon – Sat from 10am to 8pm
Jardin du Palais Royal, 2 place colette, 1st
Opening times: depending on the seasons, daily from 7am (8.30pm in winter, 11pm in summer)
Bacqueville, 6-7-8 Galerie Montpensier, Palais Royal, 1st
01 42 96 26 90
Opening times: Mon – Fri from 9.30am to 6pm | Closed at the weekend
A L’Orientale, 19-21 Galerie de Chartres, Palais Royal, 1st
01 42 96 43 16
Didier Ludot, 24 Galerie de Montpensier, Palais Royal, 1st
01 42 96 06 56
Opening times: Mon – Sat from 10.30am to 7pm | Closed Sun
Jérôme Dreyfuss, Palais Royal gardens, 1st
Opening times: Tues – Fri from noon to 7pm | Sat from noon to 7.30pm
Kitsuné, 51 Galerie Montpensier, 1st
Opening times: Mon – Sat from 9am to 6.30pm | Sun from 10am to 6.30pm
Grand Véfour, 17 rue de Beaujolais, 1st, Palais Royal garden
01 42 96 56 27
Opening times: Mon – Fri from noon to 2pm then from 8 – 10pm | Closed at the weekend
Galerie Vivienne, 6 rue Vivienne, 2nd
Place des Victoires, 1st and 2nd
Théâtre du Palais Royal, 38 rue de Montpensier, 1st
01 42 97 59 76
Opening times: Mon from 11am to 6pm | Tues – Sat from 11am to 9pm | Sun from 11am to 4pm
L’Entracte, 47 rue de Montpensier, 1st
Opening times: Mon – Fri from 10am to 2am | Sat – Sun from noon to 2am


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