Paris Secret Passages

Rainy day activities in Paris

 

The passages are old-fashioned shopping malls from the late 1700s and early 1800s that provided cover from rain, mud and horses for the chic shopping ladies of yesteryear. There is something special about these secret little passageways. Walking into each one feels like you are unwrapping a different gift. 

There are ones that silently slide off major streets revealing hidden gems under coloured, colourful galleries. Paris' galleries and covered passages house shops, restaurants, tea salons, theatres and more.

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The most famous is Gallery Vivienne  (MAP) in the 2nd arrondissement with its spectacular mosaic tiles and great shopping. The Modern Art museum is found here, as well as, a fabulous florist, a killer tea salon 'A Priori The', a book store of rare print books, Bistro Vivienne a cult classic restaurant, a fine wine shop and designer shops like Jean Paul Gaultier - and more.

Passage Colbert (MAP) is also beautiful, perhaps even more grand than Bistro Vivienne is the brasserie 'Le Grand Colbert', from the movie 'Somethings Gotta Give'. (Pictured right). Utterly romantic!

4 rue des Petits-Champs, Paris, 75002

 

Panoramas Passage (MAPis the oldest with many restaurants and cafes and a fabulous engraver.

11 boulevard Montmartre, Paris, 75002

 

Jouffroy Passage  (MAP)specializes in toys and a great needlepoint shop, old movie posters, Lebanese pastries and the Wax Museum of Paris 'Musee Grevin'.

10-12 boulevard Montmartre, Paris, 75009

 

Verdeau Passage (MAP) specializes in antiques, comics, musical instruments and engravings, amongst others.

6 rue de la Grange-Batelière, Paris, 75003

 

Galerie Véro-Dodat has many upmarket shops, like Christian Louboutin’s workshop-boutique.

Passage du Grand-Cerf, a 12-metre-high structure made of metal and wrought iron, is one of the most spectacular arcades in Paris.

 

                              

 

 

 

 

  

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