I can’t believe it took me so long to finally make it to the Palais Royal…it was just under my nose for so long! Just across from the bustling, busy, Louvre and Tuileries gardens hides the gem of the Palais Royal. A small garden lined with old arcades, it was once a place that was home to many a king and today houses galleries, theatres, government buildings, upscale shops, and the cour d’honneur, a fun art experience made up of big and small black and white columns created by French artisit Daniel Buren in one of the first courts.
Again, there is nothing like a picnic in the park in Paris, so instead of paying a hefty bill at a touristy brasserie or the few cafes in the garden, pack up a lovely lunch or get one to go. Just around the Palais Royal there are a few foodie options.
If you’ve had your fill of jambon emmental, rossete, or tomate chevre baguettes, make your way to Verjus for a fried chicken, pulled pork, or pork belly sandwich. I haven’t had a chance to taste them myself, but with the recommendations of Parisian foodie ex-pats Paris by Mouth and David Lebovitz, a Verjus sandwich is on my to-do list. Just minutes from the garden, get your sandwich to go and enjoy it in the park.
Or, if lunch is taken care, of stop by the Palais Royall for an escape from the crowds at the Louvre with a breakfast or take a simple coffee break at Telescope as recommended by Lost in Cheeseland. Get your coffee to go to enjoy in the park.
Finally, and most budget friendly, stop at the nearby Starbucks and pick up your fravorite cold drink to sip on while you soak up the sun and people watch in the park anytime of the day.
To get to the Palais Royal take metro Line 1 or Line 7 to Palais Royal Museé du Louvre.
Verjus is at 47 rue Montpensier (Metro: Pyramids or Quatre-Septembre)
Telescope is at 5 rue Villedo (Metro: Pyramids or Bourse)
The nearest Starbucks is 2 rue de L’Échelle