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.


Entrance to Galerie Vivienne.

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


Galerie Vivienne passageway

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


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.


The glass rotunda in Galerie Vivienne

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


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.


Le Grand Filles & Fils wine selection


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


Entrance to Passage Chosiel

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


Passage Choisel passageway

That glass ceiling!


Glass ceiling of Passage Choisel

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



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),


5 thoughts on “Covered Passages of Paris: Galerie Vivienne and Passage Choiseul

  1. You’ve inspired me to visit more passages next time in Paris; I don’t think I’ve been to one since I was a teenager. They are lovely and definitely worthy of being more well known, though I like places that are’t over-run of course. Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance

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