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.
See what I mean! The inside is gorgeous.
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.
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.
We would pull out huge sections and search through to find the perfect postcards. Not only a budget friendly souvenir, they pack easily too.
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.
Once inside, Passage Jouffroy is very charming and as you can see, still very much in use today.
All the covered passages have such unique shops and unique details.
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.
The glass ceiling really does look like a fish skeleton!
A peek inside an embroidery shop.
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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