Palais Royal - History & Shopping
The Palais Royal is a national domain sitting in the center of Paris. Built by Cardinal Richelieu in 1640, the Palais Royal later became the heart of the French Revolution in the 1780s, frequented by courtisans, politicans, prostitutes and firebrands. Later the gardens were transformed into one of the city's first shopping & entertainment complexes, starting the Arcade Era that transformed the shopping experience. Once the gambling parlours & brothels were added, it became the centre of Parisian social life both night & day.Today the neighborhood is a quiet mix of tradition and modernity, with chic boutiques, craftsmen's ateliers and cozy bistros. Let me take you on a visit to discover the pearls of this lovely area of Paris.