Covered Passages of Paris: Passage des Panaromas, Passage Jouffroy and Passage Verdeau

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The covered passage of Paris are a wonderful yet not talked about attraction of Paris. These Belle Epoque era walkways were constructed to keep the businessman and the well to do of Paris protected from the smells and grime of the streets. The passages not only were short cuts between parallel streets but provided eating and shopping establishments. Today, they serve a similar function but are open to the public and are a great way to explore another side of Paris especially if the weather is not so great.

In my last article, I showed you the first two passages, Galeries Vivienne and Passage Choiseul,  from the self guided tour I did. For this article, I will round out the rest of the tour with three more covered passages.

The third passage my friend and I visited was Passage des Panaromas which turned out to be one of my favorites.

The entrance is a bit 70’s looking, isn’t it? While the entrance is not pretty like the others, don’t let it keep you from going in. Passage des Panormas is one of my favorites.

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Entrance to Passage des Panaromas

See what I mean! The inside is gorgeous.

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Inside Passage des Panoramas

 

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Dining inside

Funny story about this one. When I am out researching and gathering material for The Paris Itinerary, I can sometimes miss the forest for the trees. I am gluten free (although when I am in Paris, I cheat a lot!) and I had been following No Glu on instagram but never bothered to look up the location. I had snapped this picture because I thought the place just looked so cute and I loved the way they displayed their photos. Imagine my surprise when I was going through my camera looking at the photos! Fortunately, the place was closed at the time I  was touring around.

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No Glu – gluten free goodies

 

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No Glu window display

 

Sitting right next to No Glu is one of my favorite shops! Outside are rows and rows of old postcards complete with written messages and sometimes stamps on the back. They are grouped by region with an entire section just for Paris. I could have spent hours there! This is a great inexpensive souvenir. I bought a grouping to eventual hang on my gallery wall. We had a chance to talk with the owner and he told us that people find old postcards in attics and storage boxes and bring them to him to buy and then he resells them. He also sells unique and one of the kind (ie expensive) photographs too.

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Old postcards and pictures

We would pull out huge sections and search through to find the perfect postcards. Not only a budget friendly souvenir, they pack easily too.

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Searching through old postcards of Paris

Next was Passage Jouffroy which is built entirely of glass and steel and houses the super charming Hotel Chopin at one end.

Interesting trompe l’oeil but not very charming entrance, in my opinion.

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Passage Jouffroy entrance

Once inside, Passage Jouffroy is very charming and as you can see, still very much in use today.

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Glass and steel construction

All the covered passages have such unique shops and unique details.

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Unique shopping.

 

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Unique details of the past.

I can’t believe I didn’t snap a pic of the super charming Hotel Chopin! I love the idea of a hotel in one of these covered passages.

Finally, we ended our tour with Passage Verdeau and its fish boned inspired glass roof.

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Entrance to Passage Verdeau

The glass ceiling really does look like a fish skeleton!

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The fish skeleton inspired glass ceiling

So charming!

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Inside Passage Verdeau

 

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Clock inside Passage Verdeau

A peek inside an embroidery shop.

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Busy working

That’s it. There was one more on the walking tour but we opted to end with this passage. I found the covered passages to be so charming and each very unique in style. If you have some time, stroll through these covered passages and soak up the history and ambiance.

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Bises (kisses),
Kimberly

Covered Passages of Paris: Galerie Vivienne and Passage Choiseul

In my previous post, I shared a resource I used to tour the covered passages of Paris. I love the covered passages of Paris. They are like time machines back to the beautiful Belle Epoque era and are perfect for when the weather isn’t. Each passage has its own unique look and feel making them each fascinating to explore. This post will mostly be pictorial.

Let’s start with Galerie Vivienne, one of the most known and iconic of the passages.

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Entrance to Galerie Vivienne.

The first thing you will noticed is the beautiful tiled floor and the glass ceiling. Stunning.

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Galerie Vivienne passageway

Be sure to check out the carved wood details above the doorways to each business entrance. Such craftsmanship and style.

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Details above the doorways.

The glass covered rotunda floods the area with light. I love peeking through the window panes to see the buildings above.

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The glass rotunda in Galerie Vivienne

Le Grand Filles and Fils was in operation before Galerie Vivienne was even built.

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Le Grand Filles & Fils

And in case you need a magnum bottle of wine (or just a normal bottle size), you can visit their wine cellar which opened in 1880.

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Le Grand Filles & Fils wine selection

 

Next on the tour is Passage Choiseul, one of the longest passages – all glass covered.

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Entrance to Passage Chosiel

Once the interior was lit by gaslights…with very little ventilation.

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Passage Choisel passageway

That glass ceiling!

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Glass ceiling of Passage Choisel

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this funny plaque in a store window.

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The next post will include three more covered passages: Passage des Panoramas, which turned out to be one of my favorites, Passage Jouffroy and Passage Verdeau.

If you find yourself in Paris when the weather is rainy or cold or both, take a few hours and explore these passages to the past. You may even find some great items to take back as souvenirs.

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Bises (kisses),
Kimberly

 

Exploring the covered passages of Paris

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Bonne Année! Happy New Year! Well 2016 was a doozy but here we are one week down in 2017 so let’s get right into it.

One thing of Paris that I think doesn’t get enough attention are covered passages of Paris. Now found only on the Right Bank, these Belle Epoque era walkways offer a glimpse of the past and provide some very unique shopping experiences.

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Glass ceiling

The covered passages, many with glass ceilings, were originally created as a way for Parisians to avoid bad weather (still true today) and the smell and grime of the streets (also somewhat true today). Just as in the past, the covered passages also provide a short cut between streets and some really fun window shopping. Only about 15 of the original 60 passages are left and each passage has its own character and are really fun to explore especially on rainy days.

When my friend and I set out to explore them, I printed out the super easy map from Smarter Paris. Smarter Paris does have an app but because the phone I was using was really old and didn’t have a SIM card (my new phone had had an unfortunate encounter with a bowl of water and was drying out), I printed out the map and followed it effortlessly. Passage des Princes was the only one we couldn’t find but I think that was due to the construction covering up some street names.

It takes about 3-4 hours depending on how often you stop to look and shop so definitely plan for half a day.

In the next several posts, I will be sharing photos of the covered passages we explored.

Bises (kisses),
Kimberly