The Palais Royal (Royal Palace) is located to the north of the Louvre. Curiously, despite its name, the palace was built as a residence for Cardinal Richelieu and not for the Royal Family.
The palace was originally called the Palais-Cardinal (Cardinal Palace) and was inherited by the monarchy after the death of Richelieu. Pleased with the palace, the Dukes of Orléans decided to make it their residence and years later, Louis Philippe Joseph d’Orléans remodelled the gardens and opened them to the public.
Still opened to the public, the Palais Royal park offers a peaceful green space where visitors can sit and rest or enjoy a bit of tranquillity. The gardens are surrounded by a shopping and entertainment complex where travellers will find small peculiar stores.
This park is not especially picturesque nor does it have great views of the palace, therefore if you’re only staying in Paris for a few days, we recommend visiting other attractions and parks before visiting the Palais-Royal Gardens.