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.
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 (MAP) is 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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