A hidden oasis – the gardens of the Palais Royal

Just a stone’s throw away from the crowds at the Louvre, there’s a hidden paradise – tranquil gardens surrounded by chic boutiques and cafés. It feels like a well-kept secret, frequented by fashionable locals, petanque players and those like me just looking for a quiet spot to sip a coffee in the sunshine.

Exit the metro at Palais Royal onto Place Colette.


Slip through the archway, past Daniel Buren’s columns, then head through the covered arcades…

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and you find yourself in the gardens of the Palais Royal. Former palace of the young Louis XIV and once home to Colette, these beautiful gardens are surrounded by elegant galleries: café terraces spill out into the sunshine, whilst the quiet arcades are now home to Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and a host of other artisan boutiques.


I love to grab a coffee and a slice of carrot cake or a cold pressed juice from one of the tiny cafés in the arcades, and find a shady bench under the clipped trees.

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Then I check out the vintage couture dresses at Didier Ludot.

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Why don’t you pop in for a stroll in the sunshine? You’ll find yourself coming back again and again.

Just don’t tell everybody…


  • Enter through Place Colette or 8 rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris. Metro: Palais Royal Musée du Louvre 

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