The President of the French Republic calls the Élysée Palace home. Like the United States President, it’s also where his office is located. It is also where the Council of Ministers regularly meets.
Generally the public is not allowed inside Élysée Palace. However, once a year during the second to last weekend of September, onlookers can wait in line in hopes of getting their chance to tour the palace.
Even if your trip to Paris doesn’t fall around September, that doesn’t mean you can’t admire the Élysée Palace from a distance. For example, the Hotel Bristol Gardens are set up just opposite the palace. Tourists can enjoy lunch their while taking in the sites of the palace.
The Hotel Astor Saint-Honoroe is on a quaint street in an area known as the Golden Triange, simply because it’s so close to many popular attractions, including the Élysée Palace, Cahmps Elysees, and the Place de la Concorde. Staying at the hotel, located in the 8th arrondissement, will put you in walking distance to Élysée Palace and the Tuilleries. Along your walk up Faubourg St. Honoroe you’ll also be able to check out local food and shops.
Although you may not get to tour inside Élysée Palace or meet the president, you can sample the taste of something the president eats on a pretty regular basis. Twice a day Rene Gerard St. Ouen brings his bread to the French President in the palace. To get a taste of his bread visit his Boulangerie on Boulevard Hausmann.
Whether you want to taste some food the President enjoys or take a look at the palace he resides in, you’ll have an opportunity to do both if you plan ahead for your trip to Paris.