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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.


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),

15 Responses to Exploring the covered passages of Paris

  1. svetlana mensch says:

    Hi Kimberly,
    This covered Passages in Paris reminds me London covered passages near Piccadilly Street.

    1. theparisitinerary says:

      I bet the ones in London are lovely.

  2. The app sounds handy – though probably not when you’ve dropped your phone in a bowl of water! Hope it dried out okay! #MondayEscapes

    1. Forgot to add #MondayEscapes (again!)

    2. theparisitinerary says:

      Ha! My phone dried out eventually. Thanks for posting Tania.

  3. They are beautiful, I love old architecture such as this and it gives you the perfect opportunity for a shopping trip,thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes x

    1. theparisitinerary says:

      History and shopping! My perfect combo.

  4. I agree that this looks like the covered streets near Picadilly in London too. Good fun fr wandering though I’m sure #MondayEscapes

    1. theparisitinerary says:

      I need to go to London and check those out! Thanks for commenting.

  5. What a fun way to see some of the more unique parts of Paris, I love to visit a place I know well by taking on a new theme like this. Thanks for linking to #AllAboutFrance

  6. I love these passages! Thanks for sharing the walking tour map. Such a nice way to explore the center of Paris, whether for the first time or the hundredth!

    1. theparisitinerary says:

      And they are perfect for those rainy Paris days too! Thanks for commenting.