Party Earth Review After a day of shopping on Rue de Rivoli or a cultural dip into the Louvre, nothing beats a refreshing reprieve in the serene and slightly surreal gardens behind the Palais-Royal, the former childhood home of Louis XIV... ... read full review
Place du Palais-Royal
Rue de Rivoli
Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
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After a day of shopping on Rue de Rivoli or a cultural dip into the Louvre, nothing beats a refreshing reprieve in the serene and slightly surreal gardens behind the Palais-Royal, the former childhood home of Louis XIV.
The crème de la crème of French society used to hang here in Louis’ time, and while the palace itself is not open to the public, the gardens are open to all.
Accessed via the Place Colette – a square named for the famous French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette – visitors find themselves in the midst of a fantastical art installation created by French artist Daniel Buren. His striped columns of various heights dot the courtyard and offer an irresistible temptation for tourists in search of the perfect photo op.
The exquisite gardens beyond the courtyard feature a bucolic fountain, modern art exhibits scattered about on the lawns, flower-bordered rectangles of grass, and manicured pathways perfect for leisurely walks.
Properly refreshed, visitors can venture back into the bustle of Paris, or just spend hours behind the Palais-Royal Gardens nursing a book and dreaming of royalty.
People of all ages and types. A younger crowd tends to gather by the fountain, while families congregate on the small grassy areas.
Many cafés are located around the perimeter of the garden and on Place Colette.
Café prices vary by venue.
This popular park is full seven days a week.
Rue de Rivoli, Louvre Museum, and Rue Saint-Honoré.