In the XVIIIth century, Paris was the capital of France and Palais-Royal was… the capital of Paris! This elegant “city within the city” (originally built by Richelieu in the 1630s and later used as a residence by several French kings) was the place to be, to shop, to relax, to be entertained, to have dinner, to meet fellow Parisians and hear about the latest news and fashions.
Throughout the centuries, Palais-Royal has remained one of the most desirable areas where to live in Paris. Of course, some buildings have disappeared (i.e. the Cirque in the center of the garden) and the home of the royals is now used by national institutions such as the French State Council and the Ministry of Culture.
But, in a way, few things have changed: the lovely garden and fountain are still there, providing a delightful view and a peaceful haven to the residents of the surrounding buildings.
All sorts of specialty shops and restaurants (such as the 200-year old Grand Véfour) are still located along the gallery lined with majestic gates and arcades. And the Comédie-Française (the French national theater and actors) has been using the same venue (Salle Richelieu) since 1799…
Many artists, writers, politicians, and other celebrities have lived in Palais-Royal (Colette, Sacha Guitry, Jean Cocteau…) and are remembered on street signs!
In 1986, the famous “Colonnes de Buren” introduced a touch of modernity in this historical setting, to most Parisians’ dismay, at first. Yet it has become one of Paris’s landmarks, much loved by photographers and instagrammers.
Some apartments and “hotels particuliers” are available for sale, now and then, usually quite confidentially, in this unique neighborhood. If you, too, dream of living in Palais-Royal, contact Paola at email@example.com or call at +33 (0) 603 968 868.