Le Petit Palais

If you fancy getting your culture on or simply relaxing in an oasis just off the Champs Elysees, the Petit Palais ticks both those boxes. It’s a beautiful building inside and out, the ‘middle child’ of the Grand Palais and the Mini Palais – and we all know that being a middle sibling is no bad thing.

Leafy plants and blue skies

Leafy plants and blue skies

I’ve visited the Petit Palais before, for a pastels exhibition, but this weekend I went for a totally different reason and discovered a whole new way to enjoy it. I went to go and see a ‘Brit Session’ gig being held to celebrate the launch of a new exhibition of impressionist art from London. This was set up in conjunction with the British Embassy and Scottish pop artist Be Charlotte was playing a chilled set in the golden light of the evening.


A stage was set up in the garden, which is right in the middle of the building and you can go in it for free. It has a great little cafe and we did not pass up on the opportunity to have some Pimm’s. All in all, it was a great way to spend a Friday evening and relax to some live music.

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I can imagine myself going back with a book and sitting outside on the terrace, then having a wander around and peering at some statues, even a when a music session isn’t being held. I recommend it for tourists and locals alike!




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