Top things to do in Versailles

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Château de Versailles

Amid magnificently landscaped formal gardens, this splendid and enormous palace was built in the mid-17th century during the reign of Louis XIV – the Roi Soleil (Sun King) – to project the absolute power of the Fren…
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Full-length windows frame the Cour d’Honneur and Cour Royale at this resplendent light-flooded restaurant inside the Château de Versailles. Created by superstar chef Alain Ducasse, it offers breakfast (mini pastries…
Gardens in Versailles

Château de Versailles Gardens & Park

The section of the vast gardens nearest the palace, laid out between 1661 and 1700 in the formal French style, is famed for its geometrically aligned terraces, flower beds, tree-lined paths, ponds and fountains. The…
Palace in Versailles

Domaine de Marie-Antoinette

Northwest of Versailles’ main palace is the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette. Admission includes the pink-colonnaded Grand Trianon, built in 1687 for Louis XIV and his family to escape the rigid etiquette of the court; t…
Architecture in Versailles

Grand Trianon

In the middle of the park, approximately 1.5km northwest of the main building within the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette are Versailles' two smaller palaces, each of which is surrounded by neatly tended flower beds. The…
French in Versailles

Le Cheese Club

Every dish at this contemporary, bottle-lined bistro is based around a specific cheese, from starters such as Cantal mille-feuille (layered pastry), to mains like beef tartare with Mimolette, spiced duck with l'Ossa…
Gastronomy in Versailles

La Table du 11

For an appropriately sumptuous meal in this stately town, Michelin-starred La Table du 11 fits the bill. Dark-blue flooring matches its façade; dishes on the daily changing menu might include roast onion with a garl…
Cafe in Versailles

La Cour

Framed by a royal-blue façade and painted with giant flower murals inside, this charmer is hidden in a little courtyard that fills with tables in warm weather. Everything is made fresh daily, including quiches, tart…
Architecture in Versailles

Petit Trianon

Within the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette, the ochre-coloured Petit Trianon, built in the 1760s, was redecorated in 1867 by Empress Eugénie, the consort of Napoleon III, who added Louis XVI–style furnishings similar to…
Architecture in Versailles

Hameau de la Reine

Part of the Domaine de Marie-Antoinette, this mock village of thatched cottages, a pond and a photogenic mill was constructed from 1775 to 1784 for the amusement of Marie Antoinette.