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The Palais-Royal

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Standing opposite the Louvre, this building was constructed in the time of Richelieu. This incredible site, with its turbulent history, is a real small town in itself with gardens, theatres and institutions, all of which you can explore during your stay at the Hôtel Brighton.

A place of memory, the Palais-Royal has been the scene of historic events in the city of Paris and bears witness to Parisian life in the past, as in its theatre, the Comédie Française, where Molière was president.

The turbulent history of Palais

The Palais-Royal, located just opposite the Louvre to the north, is a vast complex of monumental buildings including the palace, gardens, galleries and a theatre, as well as various administrative buildings. Built by Richelieu in 1624, the "Palais Cardinal", as it is known, was the residence of Anne of Austria and the young Louis XIV during the events of the Fronde. It was at this time that it took the name of "Palais-Royal". Philippe, Duke of Orleans, also known as "Philippe-Égalité" and father of King Louis-Philippe, inherited the palace just before the French Revolution. Shops, theatres and cafés proliferated, to the delight of the rioters. Philippe-Égalité saw this as a way of inheriting power. The palace became a famous meeting place for the festivities of French society. In 1871, the building was ceded to several institutions of the Republic and today houses the Council of State, the Constitutional Council, the Ministry of Culture and the Comédie Française. The courtyard of the Palais-Royal was redesigned by Daniel Buren at the request of François Mitterrand in 1986. The project, called Les Deux Plateaux, was strongly criticised. It is composed of different black and white cylinders of different heights. The title of the work is enigmatic but could suggest the two plates of a balance, a symbol of freemasonry, dear to Philippe-Égalité.

The theatre and the Place Palais-Royal near the Brighton Hotel

Founded in 1637, also by Richelieu, the theatre was taken over by Molière in 1660. Later, Lully created an opera with a music academy which was unfortunately demolished in 1781. It was not until 1799 that the Comédie Française moved in with its now famous Salle Richelieu. Today, the plays of the greatest classical authors are performed there, Molière's plays being the most performed. Opposite the Comédie Française is the Place Palais-Royal with its notable landmark, Othoniel's work, Le Kiosque des Noctambules, installed next to the Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre metro station. This contemporary art sculpture is made of Murano glass and aluminium.

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Cédric Grolet

A selection of pâtisseries and viennoiseries by famed French chef Cedric Grolet; often a recreation of traditional French desserts.

6 Rue de Castiglione - 75001 Paris
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Balagan

Fashionable place with a young and dynamic clientele, Middle Eastern menu inspired by Israeli dishes, festive atmosphere between the Tuileries and the gardens of the Rue Saint-Honoré.

9 Rue d'Alger - 75001 Paris
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Galignani

Extensive selection of books in French and English, including art books.

224 Rue de Rivoli - 75001 Paris
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Pierre Hermé

A shop to be visited for its famous macaroons, so Parisian with crazy agreements.

4 Rue Cambon - 75001 Paris
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Chez Fleets

Traditional brasserie with a friendly and welcoming team, offering French classics at the beginning of Rue Cambon.

2 Rue Cambon - 75001 Paris
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Entrepôt des épices Roellinger

Olivier Roellinger, talented chef, invites you to discover the treasures of spices.

51 bis Rue Sainte-Anne - 75002 Paris
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Macéo

In this pretty listed building, close by the Palais Royal, you can enjoy skilfully prepared cuisine.

15, Rue des Petits Champs - 75001 Paris
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Hermes

A real institution, this boutique presents the collections of the French luxury brand.

24, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré - 75008 Paris
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Nomad's

A restaurant famous for its copious Sunday brunch and its African-influenced decor.

12, Rue du Marché Saint-Honoré - 75001 Paris
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